International IDEA Sudan’s programme celebrated the graduation of the first batch from the Young Women Democracy Academy (YWDA) on 9 August 2022. The event took place in the International IDEA office, and it was attended by the Swedish Ambassador to Sudan, Signe Burgstaller, who gave the opening remarks. Members of the Sudanese civil society and academia and people of interest were also present at the event.
The Young Women’s Democracy Academy (YWDA) is a three-month academy dedicated to empowering young women with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their political participation. The first cohort of the academy consists of 25 young women from diverse backgrounds accepted from more than 100 applicants. YWDA consists of a combination of academic modules and workshops to offer both high-quality education and an opportunity to gain practical skills and strengthen gender analysis. Whether participants are interested in political parties, movement building, or running for office one day, 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.
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