Supporting Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in Fragile States: Research Brief — Sudan

Authors/editor(s): UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality; Azita Azargoshasb

This brief is one in a three-part research series produced by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) – a global gender equality fund which awards competitive grants and technical assistance to women-led civil society organizations around the world.

Focusing on grantee case studies in Sudan, this brief offers a more nuanced look at the real-time opportunities and barriers to women’s economic empowerment in fragile contexts, including what is working, what is not and what is needed to help women realize greater empowerment, equality and inclusive development.

Through area-based research and a compilation of grantee good practices and lessons learned, this brief offers insight into the local gender dimensions of fragility and a set of recommendations to help scale strategies and interventions that work for women and their communities.

In this series, the FGE also presents:

  • Findings of the FGE’s perceptions survey research, conducted in 2015 with over 1,200 rural, displaced and refugee women in Guinea, Lebanon and Sudan
  • A programme-oriented framework for understanding empowerment as a set of four components working together: productive resources, personal resources, institutional relations and interpersonal relations

Read more about the initiative and watch its related videos from Guinea and Lebanon by visiting:

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Languages available: English

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa; Sudan

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Productive resources; Rural women; Access to basic services; Partnerships; Civil society; Fund for Gender Equality

Resource type: Assessments

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 56

ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-63214-037-1

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)