Peace by piece: Addressing Sudan’s conflicts
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Despite their active role as fighters, peacemakers and activists, women have tended to be underestimated or ignored during negotiations, perceived as the passive victims of war. Former SPLM/A negotiator Anne Itto explains the disappointment she and other women negotiators felt at lack of gender sensitive provisions in the CPA (beyond the creation of a bill of rights), and their subsequent efforts to help Darfurian women have more impact on the DPA.

In conclusion, she suggests that despite the lack of a level playing field for women, new democratic spaces are opening up, especially in the south, and women must mobilise effectively and seize the opportunity for more political participation.