Conflict-Zone Women Lobby in Washington
This article was originally published by Women’s eNews.
Mariam Alsadig Almahdi is an ex-combatant in Sudan, a medical doctor, a mother of six and a current high-ranking official in Sudanese party politics.
Now she can add one more line to her lengthy resume: U.S. lobbyist.
Almahdi, the general secretary assistant for communications in Sudan’s Umma National Party, and several other prominent Sudanese female leaders were in Washington, D.C., last week to meet with government representatives, international financial institutions and nongovernmental organizations. The delegation members were asking them to support their efforts to increase gender parity in the Sudanese government and in their country’s peace process.
Almahdi was joined last week by about 30 other high-ranking women from violence-torn countries who attended a two-week program sponsored by the Initiative for Inclusive Security. The organization held strategy-setting sessions in Boston and organized lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.
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