Hilde F. Johnson, the UN Special Envoy to South Sudan challenged the women groups during the women’s waging peace summit held in Juba last Saturday.
She said that women have the potential to contribute to restoring peace in South Sudan and this needs their involvement. She noted that current conflicts in the country mainly targets women and children.
“There are many struggles you have to fight as part of the peace building process in South Sudan,” Johnson said.
“Which role can you play as women? The primary target now in many cases is killing or hurting women and children. You need to say no to this,” she added.
She said the current conflicts in South Sudan is affecting women’s peaceful coexistence and challenged them to champion all efforts geared to restore stability in the country.
“You are in a very difficult situation as a country economically and your relationship with your brothers in the north. What if all of you unite and tell them stop it, it is unacceptable…! You would not only do a service to save people’s lives, but you would do a service to your new and independent country,” she continued.
She also urged them to discuss and restore peace in a united way on issues related to livelihood, women rights to hold an entitlement to land, to women’s possibilities of empowerment in the economy.
Hilde pointed out that, the Jonglei crisis shows terrible impact on women as many of them and children were being killed and displaced. She has reiterated UN’s support in backing women’s initiatives that will be geared in restoring peace in the country.