South Sudanese girls and women in Juba celebrated International Women’s Day by highlighting their achievements and contributions to sustainable peace.
“If you made a mistake like I did by getting married at an early age, please don’t give up. “Please, go back to school or come back to your football team and you will succeed one day,” says 21-year-old Arek Noon, a mother of one, while using the halftime interval to breastfeed her little one.
Women in Lakes State have called on parties to the revitalized peace agreement to fully respect and uphold the 35 percent of political representation for women, as stipulated in the said agreement, signed in September 2018.
Women in Jonglei are determined to get 35 per cent political representation when a new state government is established, following the dissolution of the local governing bodies of the now defunct 32 states, recently replaced by ten states.
Female officers of the organized forces in Torit are benefitting from the rapid empowerment through weekly capacity building workshops enhancing their professional standards. Last week’s main topic was “criminal investigation and prosecution”.
UN peacekeepers have been deployed in a number of recently conflict-ridden areas in Jonglei, including Pibor, Gumuruk, Manyabol and Likwanguelei, to protect civilians from clashes between armed groups from different communities.
Often when I brief the Security Council on South Sudan, the news is not encouraging.
However, today is different. There have been positive developments that have moved the country further along the road to sustainable peace.
Following recent intercommunal clashes in greater Tonj near Kuajok, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan is continuously patrolling the area and engaging in other activities to restore peaceful coexistence between feuding residents.