We have redeveloped it to provide you with better insight into what we do. It’s taken several months, but this has given us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, take stock of our roots, and document our evolution and progress since 2004. To give you a glimpse into our history, we’ve selected a few of our notable dates and achievements to preview below.
So what do we do? We are a UK human rights organisation campaigning against genocide and systematic human rights violations in Sudan. We do this in many ways. We run events throughout the year targeted at different audiences, such as ones in Parliament, film screenings, or even an annual football tournament for survivors and new arrivals to the UK. Have a look at our events page for more information and please do get involved yourself!
We run campaigns to raise awareness and keep Sudan in the spotlight. To find out more about our campaigning look at our awareness-raising and campaigns page. Also have a look at our media page and help us raise awareness by following us on Facebook.
We regularly produce research and reports to raise further awareness. To read our reports visit our research and reports page. These also serve to improve the decision-making abilities of those deciding policy toward Sudan which is one of our main aims. We think this will bring us closer to preventing atrocities.
Over many years (Waging Peace was founded in 2004) we have built a strong sense of trust with the Sudanese community . This forms the backbone of our organisation. We do this in many ways, one of which is our women’s groups. We run four across the UK. They provide a safe space in which women can help one another and promote integration.
One of our main aims is to help members of the Sudanese diaspora advocate for themselves. We run courses in lobbying, employability, FGM, mental health etc. Some of the mothers in our women’s group have now become trainers in their own right and now encourage others to speak out against FGM. Please visit our training page to find out more.
All of this is strongly supported by our collaboration with other organisations.
We have been incredibly fortunate to have dedicated professionals donate their time and expertise and provide IT infrastructure support and maintenance, as well as website redevelopment. Thanks to the ingenuity of Luna Duell in the US, and Caspar Kennerdale of AgilityWeb who between them have donated hundreds of hours to keeping us online, secure and running smoothly. Luna has been our sole systems operator for many years and has been invaluable to our continued success. We were introduced to Caspar this year and he jumped in with both feet to take on the enormous task of redeveloping our website pro bono. We are extremely grateful to Luna and Caspar for all they’ve done for us!
In 2004 our founder and President Rebecca Tinsley travelled to the Darfur region of Sudan, determined to find out more about the reports of ethnic cleansing and genocide against black African tribes. What she saw, and the conversations she had with survivors, convinced her that more needed to be done to raise awareness in the UK, and so she established Waging Peace as a campaigning organisation. For the first few years, Waging Peace worked to promote a robust international response to the killings, complementing the work of the Save Darfur coalition in the US.
In 2007 a researcher travelled to the refugee camps in neighbouring Chad. She spoke to the women there, who told her to speak to their children to gather testimonies. Instead, she gave them pencils, pens, paints and paper, and told them to draw their strongest memory. What resulted is a stunning and poignant collection of 500 drawings providing direct evidence of the crimes committed in Darfur.
2010 The International Criminal Court adds the count of genocide to the indictment of President Al-Bashir.
2017 A1 hosts the first-ever all Sudan Cultural Day in Birmingham, attended by 500 men, women and children with food, music and dance from all over Sudan.