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Geetha Pious, Head of Field Office, UNMISS Juba, speaks about working in conflict zones, being a woman and shattering the glass ceiling.

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Juba residents are currently being treated to important messages on the need to end violence against women. The public service announcements, recorded in several languages, are being aired by a promo truck cruising the streets of the capital.

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Despite the pressures of her duties serving in the UNMISS Joint Operations Centre in Juba, Captain Stephanie Palfrey-Sneddon, an Australian peacekeeper, is using her rare spare time to lead a project to help local children access education at schools near the United Nations base.

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Exodus Academy, a small school in Juba serves a community that relies on casual work and subsistent farming. Here, education is a luxury that most families cannot afford. UNMISS has a base not far from the school. For the past few years, peacekeepers have provided what support they can, creating a football field and playground, installing a water bore, providing desks, books, and engineering support. The latest initiative is a special book using photos and inspirational quotes from the children to raise funds to pay the fees of orphans and children in single-parent families, to provide food, books and improve the classrooms.

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