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International IDEA launches the Young Women’s Democracy Academy in Sudan
Khartoum, Sudan

Participants of the academy during registration. Khartoum, Sudan by International IDEA 

Participants of the academy during registration. Khartoum, Sudan by International IDEA.

The Young Women’s Democracy Academy (YWDA) is a three-month capacity-building programme dedicated to empowering young women between the ages of 18 and 24 with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their political participation.

The Academy consists of a combination of theoretical and practical modules to offer both high-quality education and an opportunity to gain practical skills and to strengthen gender analysis skills of the participants. Whether participants are interested in political parties, movement building, or running for public positions, the YWDA offers a space to explore and strengthen these interests from a gender perspective in an open and intellectually stimulating learning environment. After completing this rigorous programme, the graduates are expected to be better equipped for political leadership.

The participants of the YWDA have strong interest in politics, an ardent desire to engage and a strong belief in the importance of women’s political participation.

The Young Women’s Democracy Academy YWDA is a project funded by Sweden and implemented by International IDEA Sudan’s Programme under the umbrella of “Supporting Sudan Democratic Transition” and in collaboration with the Women of Sudanese Civic and Political Groups (MANSAM).

You can follow YWDA on Facebook.


About the Author

Programme Officer
Mahitab Mahgoub

Mahitab Mahgoub is a Programme Officer for Gender and Women’s Political Empowerment in the Khartoum Office of the Africa and West Asia Programme.