South Sudanese Women Urged To Boost National Peace Efforts

UNMISS EES Coordinator, Ms. Hiroko Hirahara Mosko interacting with women when she visited the Kuron Peace Village hosted by the founder, Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban, on Tuesday, 17th September.[Gurtong]

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Eastern Equatoria State, Coordinator, Ms. Hiroko Hirahara Mosko on Tuesday advised Kuron Peace Village women in Kapoeta East County to be role models in preaching tranquillity beyond their region.

She advises them to work hard and use opportunity of being mothers to domestically at the household level and even publicly advocate about welcoming and accepting peace.

The leader insists that all the region women must help to collaborate with youth to strongly with real commitment get engaged in peace building initiatives across the State.

During the celebrations to mark the Global Peace Day in Kuron region, the state leaders advised the women work collaboratively with the neighbouring communities to harmonize co-existence to foster peace and harmony.

The leaders encouraged youth and women to promote alternative sources of income generation for survival.

To celebrate this year’s International Day of Peace, the United Nations in South Sudan (UNMISS) has organized a series of activities in various parts of the country.

On Tuesday, 17th September, UNMISS visited the Kuron Peace Village in Eastern Equatoria State where activities were hosted by the village’s founder and director, Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban.

On that same day a ‘Media for Peace’ forum was held in the Unity State capital of Bentiu for local journalists and state government communications officers. A peace rally was also held in Bentiu on Friday, 20th September and a local church group performed a drama skit containing messages of peace.

In Juba, 98 university and secondary school students will participate in an art competition that will be held at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre on Saturday.

“The International Day of Peace is a time for reflection – a day when we reiterate our belief in non-violence and call for a global ceasefire. We ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence, at noon local time, to honour those killed in conflict and the survivors who live with daily trauma and pain,” says a message from the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on Peace Day, 21st September.

This year the highlight is on Education for Peace as education is vital for fostering global citizenship and building peaceful societies.

“Governments and development partners are working to get every child in school and learning well to equip them for life in the 21st century. There is new momentum in countries with the greatest needs, such as those affected by conflict, which are home to half of all children lacking education. But we must do more – much more. Fifty-seven million children are still denied an education. Millions more need better schooling,” Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.

He said that educating the poorest and most marginalized children will require bold political leadership and increased financial commitment.

“Yet aid for education has dropped for the first time in a decade. We must reverse this decline, forge new partnerships, and bring much greater attention to the quality of education,” he said.

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