The AZZA Women's Association (AYA) recognises women and young people are often the main victims of the conflict in Sudan. Young people are easily persuaded into becoming involved in the conflict, whilst women see their husbands and sons lost in the fighting and have a strong desire to see an end to the violence. AZZA provides training to both women and young people to give them the skills needed for peaceful conflict resolution. AZZA strives to enhance non-violent conflict resolution techniques, as well as instil a sense of hope and a belief in a peaceful future within the Internally Displace People (IDP) communities and the greater Sudanese population.
Youth Peacebuilding Initiative
This project trains young refugees in non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution. By involving youth groups and presenting an alternative to violence, AZZA aims to spread a culture of non-violence through the IDP community. The Youth Peacebuilding Initiative operates throughout most of Sudan and works with individuals and through workshops and youth groups. It offers training in conflict mediation, conflict transformation and peacebuilding, giving young people the skills and experience they need to undertake peacebuilding activities of their own at local, state and national levels.
This initiative in Damazin, East Sudan provided training in effective conflict resolution, including practical aspects such as setting up projects, proposal writing and fundraising. Around 30 participants, mostly young people drawn directly from the community, took part in a workshop, and over ten days they were given training in real-world conflict resolution techniques and post-conflict development issues. AZZA aims to increase the number of young people trained in development and peace work and plan to repeat this workshop around the country.