Impact of social media on women participation and youth empowerment

Impact of social media on women participation and youth empowerment

Tuesday 31st July 2018 (13:00-15:00)  

Ahfad University for Women (AUW), Sudan
World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)
Sudan Knowledge (SK), UK
Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), UK
P3 Transform Ltd, UK
Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London, UK
Salih Hamad Training & Capacity Building Centre, Sudan

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Jamal Noureldin Idris HassanAssociate Professor, College of Arts, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam – Saudi Arabia
Abdul Salam Seid AhmedSolicitor and Notary Public, Freeman Notary Public, London – United Kingdom
Alaa Al-Mubarak, TV Presenter, Sudania 24, Khartoum – Sudan
Mustafa Alneem, General Manger, Tiharqa International Award for Cinema and Art, Khartoum – Sudan
Allam Ahmed, President WASD, Director MEKEI, Founder SK, London – United Kingdom

Join us for this exciting debate, where international experts and high level Diaspora (students, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, ordinary citizen) from the public and private sectors will give their views together with local experts on the impact and role of social media on women participation and youth empowerment in Sudan and how the Diaspora can contribute to shaping the future of Sudan’s peace and development.

During the debate the panel will answer questions posted by the participants, please send your question for the panel to the debate coordinator ( by the 30th July 2018. This debate will follow on the previous debates organised by WASD/Sudan Knowledge:


The World Commission on Environment and Development famous report “Our Common Future” published in 1987 defined sustainable development (SD) as the development that meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The entire concept of SD is about the future and the future is all about the children and youth!

Youth population is growing rapidly in Sudan and we are very keen to understand the children and youth perspectives and expectations for their future to help them be ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. We strongly believe our children and youth should be the cornerstone of any strategy by all governments and policy makers. We must listen to our children and youth and more importantly how we can help our youth with their future employment plans and aspirations.

Sudanese women have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development in Sudan. Their role is very crucial for peace and SD, but challenges remain. And so, significant reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment. Unfortunately, women’s potential and crucial role in SD in Sudan is still impeded by these economic and social factors. Women’s participation is also very important in advancing and achieving lasting peace, security, unity, conflict management and prevention and combating terrorism, which is a most serious threat to SD in Sudan.

<strong>Sustainability Debate Series</strong>

This multi-disciplinary debate is part of our Sustainability Debate Series aims to provide the participants the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences from all over the world on major global issues; the emphasis is on the importance of evidence-based planning to overcome the challenges facing global efforts to achieve a sustainable future. For more details watch presentations from WASD’s previous events. For more up-to-date on our various youth and women activities, please watch the videos of Lena’s Future and Suaad’s Interview below.

You can watch more videos from our previous events here.

Venue and Registration

The debate is co-organised and hosted by Ahfad University for Women.

ALL participants must register in advance to attend the seminar, to register please contact the coordinator on 00 249 112070825 to pre-book your place at the seminar.

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