March 8, 2016
On 8 March – the International Women's Day – the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and JICA South Sudan organized a panel discussion entitled "Women's Role in Promoting Sustainable Peace" in Juba.
The panels were Ms. Awut Deng Achuil, Honorable Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare; Mr. Nyoul Justin Yac, Deputy Chair of South Sudan Human Rights Commission; Ms. Anea Garcia, Miss Grand International 2015; Ms. Sarah Gabriel, Beauties of South Sudan (South Sudan Representative for Miss Grand International 2016); Ms. Zeinab Yassin, Chairlady of South Sudan General Women Association; and Ms. Christine Mori, Lecturer at College of Social and Economic Studies and Chairlady of Working Women Association, Juba University, and the discussion was moderated by Ms. Atong Demach, JICA PR Adviser and CEO of Beauties of South Sudan. After the opening remarks by Honorable Awut and Dr. Mitsuaki Furukawa, Chief Representative of JICA South Sudan Office, the panelists discussed how women are affected by conflict and how women can promote peace. The panelists had an enthusiastic discussion emphasizing the importance of girls' education, ending early child marriage, the need for legal and community support to the victims of gender based violence and teaching forgiveness starting at homes to promote peace.
The panel discussion was attended by government officials, including Ms. Jemma Nunu Kumba, Honorable Minister of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources and Mr. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, Honorable Minister of Environment, representatives from civil society organizations, media and international community. The audience and the panelists had a lively dialogue discussing women's role in the peace process and mechanisms to address gender based violence. Mr. Kiya Masahiko, Ambassador of Japan, concluded the event by re-affirming the commitment of the Government of Japan to continue its support for South Sudanese women.
With a strong belief that women's perspective, knowledge, experience and initiative are vital in achieving peace and development, JICA South Sudan is pursuing to ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all our work.
Around 100 people attended the event for an enthusiastic discussion.
Honorable Awut, Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare making a statement.
Panelists and guests after the event.