"It has turned my life by 180 degrees"

"It has turned my life by 180 degrees"

My name is Sharfia Ishag Adam, I am 40 years old and I am a woman farmer living in Gedaref State-Eastern Galabat locality-Madag village.
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Supporting Women Farmers

Supporting Women Farmers

Since 2006, we have reached over 42,000 people (5330 female-headed households and 1880 male-headed households) in 58 villages in the Gadaref State, rain-fed traditional agricultural sector in Eastern Sudan.
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Breaking the Cycle of Inter-generational Poverty

Breaking the Cycle of Inter-generational Poverty

Many girls in rural Sudan are discouraged to attend school given the lack of gender-sensitive educational environment – particularly toilets.
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Agents of Change

Agents of Change

In everything we do, we put women and girls first because we believe that they are the agents of change.
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No More FGM

No More FGM

FGM is widely spread in rural Eastern Sudan. It is a harmful practice jeopardizing the lives of many women and girls.
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Our Multi-dimensional Approach

We know that women, girls and other marginalized communities in Sudan struggle and aspire in more than one area of their lives.

EDUCATION & LITERACY

Education is at the heart of what we do. It is a process and opportunity to attain ...
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LIVELIHOODS & CLIMATE CHANGE

We build, boost and transform women’s and their families’ resilience to climate change f...
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WATER & HEALTH

No WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), no women’s HEALTH. Services, Means &...
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HUMAN RIGHTS & PEACE BUILDING

We advocate for the human rights of women, girls and other marginalized communities to b...
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Our Results, Our Stories.

Established in 2000, we have witnessed many empowering stories generated through our work. Here's a few:

Enhancing Educational Environment for Girls

ZWD realizes the importance of education as a basis for any social or economic development. Many young Sudanese girls ...

Boosting Resilient Livelihoods of Women Farmers: Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture

Supporting Women Farmers under Climate Change The Gadaref State is boasting a vibrant agricultural economy, dr...

Combating Gendered Violence: No More FGM

As one of our flagship activities, we fight to stop practicing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It is a harmful p...

Reaching the Neglected: Female Prisoners & Sex-Workers

Among the vulnerable communities in Sudan, the lives of female prisoners and sex-workers tend to be ignored by the neg...

Looking for a True Local Partner? We might be THE ONE.

We are partnership driven, working with local and international partners. We are constantly exploring partnerships to yield greater impact, scale and sustainability for the vulnerable communities in Sudan - especially women and girls.

Read our latest activities!

Everyday, we make efforts at the grassroots.
12
Mar

Contributing to prevention of human trafficking in Kassala (French Embassy – ZWD)

In collaboration with the French Embassy, ZWD launched "Contribute to Prevention of Human Trafficking Project" in Kassala state in September 2017. The project provides legal aid support to victims ...
08
Mar

Happy International Women’s Day 2018!

Fatima Ahmed of Zenab organization giving a talk at today's celebrations of the International Women's Day. For years, Zenab organization has been working with UNDP in the field of women empowerment...
08
Mar

NED Women Rights Protection Forum: Celebrating International Women’s Day

As part of NED Women Rights Protection Forum, ZWD celebrated International Women's Day with the Wad Daief Village women farmer association members in Gadaref. ZWD has worked in the village over the pa...
01
Mar

NED legal aid awareness raising forums: Omsinaibra village & Gadaref state women’s prison

ZWD held NED legal aid awareness raising forums in Omsinaibra village (February 24, 2018) and Gadaref state women's prison (March 1, 2018). The forums were organized as part of  NED-ZWD Access to J...
22
Feb

Embassy of Japan in Khartoum Supports ZWD for Kanz Girls’ School Primary School Rehabilitation Project

ZWD officially signed contract with the Embassy of Japan's Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP) in Khartoum for the implementation of Kanz Girls' Primary School Rehabilitation Prpject i...
16
Nov

COP23 Women for Results Panel

Original post/video by UNFCCC We speak with powerful women who are leaders in protecting the planet as we celebrate the Momentum for Change UN Climate Solutions Award winners under the Women for Re
15
Nov

COP23: Empowering women to become self-reliant in Sudan

Fatima Ahmed of Sudan started Zenab for Women in Development to empower women by teaching them agriculture and business skills and by providing health information. Follow our #COP23 coverage: un.or...
15
Nov

COP23 Interview as Momentum for Change Lighthouse Initiative Finalist

Click here for interview clip of ZWD as a winner of Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity 2017: Women for Results  
12
Oct

Winners of 2017 Momentum for Change Awards Announced: ZWD for ‘Women for Results’

Zenab for Women in Development knows women are game changers when it comes to building resilient livelihoods through increased agricultural productivity, food security, and household income. Agricul...

We are internationally recognized.

We have the Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations since 2005. We have won a number of international awards, namely the UNDP Equator Prize in 2012 and the Islamic Development Bank Prize for outstanding achievements in rural development.