IWGDSInstitute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (Arlington, VA)
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A paper presented in a conference on: Violence against women, 12-13 December 2006, organize by IWGDS at Ahfad University for Women on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism for Ending Violence against Women, in the Sudanese Banks Union's Conference Hall; Khartoum/Sudan.
The IWGDS has held a workshop on Pathway to Wellbeing and Justice: Constructing a Concept of Women's Empowerment, on the 2nd of September, 2006 as part of its collaborative research with the Social Research Center, American University Cairo.
The IWGDS has held another workshop on Gender Researches and Networking in the period between the 26th June-1st July in Berlin in collaboration with Humboldt University of Berlin.
The IWGDS in collaboration with the Free University of Berlin has organized a short International Course on "Women and Islam" in collaboration with a consortium of universities and hosted by Ahfad University for Women, during the period 18 September to 30 September 2005.
At this level, both academia and activism strategies are valid, hence networking at the level of international organizations in the country and the women's organizations is important With this strategy the IWGDS is able to address issues related to the challenges facing the Sudanese women such as war, displacement, environmental degradation, poverty, discriminatory laws and policies and social, economic and political rights as well as currently biased mindsets.