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Sudan’s conflict one year on and the challenge of gender-based violence 

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This forum seeks to highlight the issue of gender-based violence facing Sudanese women and girls under the proxy war that began one year ago, on 15 April 2023.

This seminar will provide a platform for expressions of solidarity and discussion of actionable ideas to support efforts and responses on the ground. We hope to promote calls for an end to the war in Sudan and to increase awareness about protecting and supporting women’s rights in the country. 

This event is jointly hosted by the Health in Humanitarian Crisis Centre and Gender Violence and Health Centre, along with Sudan’s Women in the Diaspora for Ending the War and Sudan Civil and Humanitarian Emergencies Room (London).

The forum will be followed by a reception with Sudanese snacks and drinks, and a photography exhibition.

Find out more about LSHTM's Gender Violence and Health Centre.


Dr Ameena Alrasheed (in-person)

Former teaching assistant at the department of political science university of Khartoum, and at the Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds. Former assistant professor for gender and peace building at the university for peace, Costa Rica. Worked as regional advisor for the economic commission for Western Asia and chief of gender unit and director for gender and economic policy with the UNDP Bahrain. Worked for the United Nations in Kosovo, Nepal, Rwanda, Somaliland, Sudan, Lebanon, Libya, Bahrain, Iraq/Kurdistan. Worked with the UN office for South-South Cooperation in New York as senior research and programme manager on gender peace and development. 

Fathiaa Abdalla (in-person)

Fathiaa Abdalla has three decades of experience in the humanitarian sector including in conflict zones, and has held technical and leadership positions in UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children, Oxfam and MSF, in HQ, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She served as Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to Kenya and to Afghanistan, and Deputy Representative in Yemen and Iran, and Head of Operations in Western Sahara. She has worked in many settings including Iraq, North Korea and Sudan working with refugees and displaced population. Fathiaa holds an MSc from LSHTM. Currently, she is Chair of the Separated Child Foundation.

Shaza Ahmed Mohamed Khair (online)

Shaza Ahmed Mohamed Khair, holds a B.A degree in Law from University of Khartoum, MSc in Sustainable Rural Development and currently she is currently a PhD candidate in Sustainable Development. She is the Executive Director for Nada Elazher Organization for Disaster Prevention and Sustainable Development (NADA) since July 2013. She held various positions: Technical Advisory for National Mine Action Program in Khartoum, Sudan; Victim Assistance /Disability Specialist, National Liaison Officer, UNMID, Sudan; Victim Assistance specialist, UN Mine Action Centre in Kinshasa, DRC; Victim Assistance Officer/Gender focal point, 2005-2010, UN Mine Action Office, Sudan; Victim assistance Associate, 2003-2005, UN Mine Action Office, Sudan; Program officer, 2001-2003, Roots Organization for Development, Sudan. 

Dr Lutz Oette (in-person)

Dr Lutz Oette is a Professor of International Human Rights Law at SOAS, University of London, and co-director of the SOAS Centre for Human Rights Law. He has been working on the prohibition of torture and law, human rights and justice in Sudan for over two decades, both with the human rights organisation REDRESS (2001-2015) and with the SOAS Centre for Human Rights Law. He edited the book Criminal Law Reform and Transitional Justice: Human Rights Perspectives for Sudan (Ashgate 2011) and co-edited (together with Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker) Constitution-making and human rights in the Sudans (Routledge, 2019).

Dr Eujin Byun (online)

Dr Eujin Byun is currently working as UNHCR’s (the UN Refugee Agency) global spokesperson. Eujin studied film and journalism in South Korea, where she was born, as well as in the UK and France, before starting work for UNHCR in Geneva in 2012. She then spent two years in Beirut as part of the video production team covering the Syria crisis, producing news pieces and feature stories in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. She then moved to South Sudan in 2016 as a spokesperson, where she covered the South Sudan refugee crisis for four years. From February 2020, she worked as a spokesperson for UNHCR Kenya operation. She obtained her Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Lyon 2, France, in 2015. 

Ali Abdelatif M Hussein (in-person)

Ali Abdelatif M Hussein is a writer and researcher. He holds the role of Secretary of Planning, Research and Training with Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement- Revolutionary Democratic Current, a constituent member of 'Tagadum', the largest pro-democracy political and civil alliance in Sudan. 

Akiko Sakaue (online)

Akiko Sakaue is a Gender-based VIolence specialist and currently leading the coordination of Sudan GBV Sub-Sector, coordinating over 200 GBV actors across Sudan. She has worked in various humanitarian settings, including the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Liberia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Sri Lanka, and also led the development of global standard GBV guidelines at UNFPA HQ. 

Dr Salwa Ahmed (in-person)

Dr Salwa Ahmed is an activist, registered social worker, former lecturer and teacher. She is a manager in the area of children's services and young people. She works and supports women and children in the displacement camps in Sudan.

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