UN Women is working with the government of Sudan to bring marginalized women into the governance structure of Sudan building it's gender architecture through a bottom-up approach.

Patriarchy is one of the key factors affecting accountability; Patriarchy shapes structures and power and resources distribution within these structures which is affecting accountability to the Gender Equality and Empowering Women (GEEW) agenda in the context of governments as well as in the civil society domain and community level.  Hence, giving due consideration to power relations, unpacking patriarchy, and deconstructing it from the household level to the community level to the Federal level remains important to strengthen accountability.

While the state is the primary responsible actor for GEEW, systematic advocacy and interventions by civil society organizations and women's movements keep the women agenda and its financing at the top of the political agenda. Furthermore, when a women's agenda is inclusive and is accountable to women most excluded from development and political processes, this creates more ethical participation through a bottom-up approach to developing the agenda that signifies another level of accountability between the CSOs, women movement, and community.

For this reason, it is important to develop the gender architecture off a country.

The 'gender architecture' of a country consists of the governance structures put in place to tackle gender inequality and discrimination.

The Government of the Republic of Sudan demonstrated its commitment to accountability to GEEW in several legal and policy and planning frameworks. Furthermore, the transitional government of Sudan in collaboration with UN Women is working to strengthen the gender architecture where now 8 gender advisors are seconded to the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry Justice, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ministry of Labor and Administrative Reform, Ministry of Health and in the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The overall aim of strengthening the gender architecture in Sudan is assisting the state to build its planning, funding, monitoring, coordination and accountability framework and practices in a manner that is democratic and accounts to GEEW.

The content of this post is derived from a UN Women request for proposal. Click below to see the full funding opportunity.
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