UNMISS launches nationwide essay competition to highlight role of women for durable peace
Are you a South Sudanese secondary student with innovative ideas on how women can contribute to durable peace in South Sudan? Great, then our nationwide essay writing contest is your chance to make a real difference. Deadline? 26 March.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March - the D-Day to highlight women’s achievements, challenges and rights to participate in decision making and other aspects of life - the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has launched an essay writing contest. We want young students to share their views on the role of women in general and enhance the participation of women in questions related to peace and security in particular.
We invite secondary students across the country, attending schools registered with the government of South Sudan, to write essays on the topic “How can women contribute to durable peace in South Sudan?”
Subnational contests will select regional winners, which will then participate in a nationwide evaluation by a jury comprised of representatives of UNMISS, the national government, non-governmental and civil society organizations and the world of academia.
The best essays in South Sudan will be recognized at a special nationwide award ceremony in Juba. The winners will receive trophies, in-kind awards and certificates as well as an additional surprise award for the writer of the very best essay.
The essay contest is part of a broader long-term initiative by the UN Mission to raise awareness among key stakeholders on the important roles that women can and should play in peace negotiation processes.
Download the full essay competition rules below, and don’t forget to submit your essays no later than 26 March.
“I look forward to reading these essays which underscore the importance – and give a chance to our young people to lead us all on the path towards lasting peace,” said David Shearer, head of the peacekeeping mission, when he on Thursday 8 March officially launched the competition at a national event to celebrate International Women’s Day.