Several South Sudanese women get peace awards for their roles in the country’s peace process, governance, and development.
The recognition of women came on the Eve of the country Independence Day.
Government ministers, Women leaders, diplomats, and nominees gathered at Freedom Hall in Juba, put on the white dresses as a sign of peace.
South Sudan Women Intellectual Forum said the initiative to recognize the resilience of women from different walks of life.
Dr. Anne Peter Longole, Coordinator of Women Intellectual Forum, said the award motivates the winners to increase their performance.
” We hope these awards will motivate South Sudanese women to boost their productivity, promote accountable governance, and inspires our youth to excellence”.
Dr. Anne said the decades of war in the country mainly affected women and girls include the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many decades, South Sudanese have been fighting for liberty, justice, and prosperity. The post-independence period, unfortunately, has witnessed lots of violence since 2013 and subsequently inter-communal violence. Women and girls suffered most during these periods.”
Care International’s Country Representative Rosalind Crowther said Women must be at the center of policies and decisions making tackle sexual and gender-based violence.
” We must ensure that South Sudanese women can participate meaningly and lead the discussion with government, donors, and decision-makers about how best to support their work to shape greater future.
Ms. Crowther stressed the need to empower South Sudanese women as a collective effort.
One of the Award Winner is Ms. Modi Enosa, Executive Director of the Young Women Christain Association.
She said her Award on humanitarian signified women’s contribution during the conflict to reached vulnerable people who need assistance.
” I am very excited for the recognition because most women contributed positively to the country, and their efforts have never been valued.”
This the first time the Women Peace Award’s Ceremony happening in South Sudan. It hopes to promote women change-makers in professional, social, and political spheres.