Ms. Rita M. Lopidia is the Executive Director and Co founder of EVE Organization for Women Development, South Sudan and Uganda. She has more than ten (10) years experience in gender, women, peace and security in South Sudan. A vocal human rights and peace activist, she has continuously fronted issues of sexual and gender based violence, space creation for South Sudanese women, and advocated for the development of the South Sudan UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan and its operationalization in South Sudan. She has also actively engaged in advocacy for the ratification of CEDAW and key in fronting gender sensitive legislations. Ms. Lopidia organized women activists to demand for women and civil society representation in the IGAD led South Sudan Peace talks in Addis Ababa (2014 -2015) and has been actively engaged in advocating for peace. She was a CSOs delegates to the peace process that led to the agreement in 2015 and also a delegate to High Level Revitalization Forum.
Ms. Lopidia has worked extensively from 2014 with the IDPs in Juba and traveled to Unity, Upper Nile and Jongolei states to document cases of Sexual and Gender Based violence as well as peace building trainings. She is currently engaged with South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda. She is passionate about youth and has mentored and inspired a number of young girls who look up to her leadership. She has on several occasions represented the women of South Sudan on numerous global fora and addressed the UN Security Council on the situation of Women, Peace and Security in South Sudan and other conflict such as Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Colombia.
Ms. Lopidia was nominated for the Post of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association. She holds an Honors Degree in Applied and Industrial Science from the University of Juba, and two Masters Degrees in Human Resources Management and in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford.