EVE Organization in partnership with Operation 1325 Sweden and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders GNWP organized a Civil Society workshop in Juba South Sudan from the 27 – 29 June 2012. The workshop brought civil society actors from the different states of South Sudan to initiate and promote the discussion about the CSOs taking the leading in the implementation, development and the monitoring the implementation of the Resolution in South Sudan. This meeting was the first of its kind to bring together the different actors since the independence of South Sudan from Sudan.
See the gallery of pictures.This meeting brought participants from International Organizations, Faith-based Organizations, Women Organizations and other National Organizations working in the country to discuss advocacy strategies and advocacy campaign to ensure the Government of the Republic of South Sudan takes the initiative to start the development of the South Sudan National Action Plan.
Further discussion around awareness raising at grassroots levels were also discussed including South Sudan CSOs joining the global civil society in country project on the monitoring the implementation of the UNSCR 1325. South Sudan CSOsin October 2012 shared the first in country monitoring report on the implementation of UNSCR 1325together with other countries. The launch was done in New York. See the South Sudan 2012 monitoring report here. The workshop also provided a good platform for the CSOs working on women’s peace and security issues to meet, learn and network as well as provide key updates on the activities that they are engaged in.
A holistic approach to the UNSCR 1325 implementation was brought up throughout the 3 days, in-depth discussion on the resolution, conflict analysis in the context of South Sudan, which paved the ground for the need for the development of a National Action Plan (NAP). (NAP) models from different countries were presented, and what should a NAP contain was also discussed. For the development of a good (NAP) the participants agreed upon qualities like Clarity of purpose, Partnership, Strong links regionally and internationally to share best practices, challenges and lessons learnt, broad awareness, political will, strong constituency, monitoring and use of locally applicable and acceptable indicators among others.
Data collection methods and the GNWP indicators for the monitoring project covering participation, prevention/protection, and the integration of a gender perspective were discussed for the purpose of the 2012 monitoring report and other reports in the years to come. Click here for detailed report
The workshop resulted into the formation of a committee for monitoring SCR 1325 in South Sudan, which composed of 15 members. This committee is tasked with data collection for the report, compilation of the report discuss and validate the report and produce the final copy and make sure that a monitoring report on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in South Sudan is delivered to the GNWP in New York in October 2012. After the report has been delivered the committee will continue to monitor 1325 implementation and take part in the GNWP monitoring project for 2013, the committee appointed Eve organization to be the coordinator for the monitoring committee.
A second committee was also formed to start advocacy with the government institutions especially the Ministry Of Gender and Social Welfare to initiate the development of the (NAP).The Commissioner of Human Rights Hon. Lawrence Korbandy reaffirmed that the commission is ready to support the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 and should be called upon anytime.
- Hon. Betty Ogwaro – Minister of Agriculture – Republic of South Sudan
- Hon. Lawrence Korbany – Commissioner of Human Rights
- Ms. Regina Lullo – Director General of the Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare; Republic of South Sudan
- Ms. Mavic Cabrera – International Coordinator of the Global Network of Women Peace Builders –GNWP
- Ms. Emmicki Roos – Program Manager – Operation 1325 – Sweden
- Ms. Rita M. Lopidia – Executive Director of EVE Organization for Women Development
The workshop directly links to EVE Organization’s Strategic Plan to raise awareness and strengthen the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 in South Sudan to ensure women are included in all levels of decision-making and in peace processes. Lessons learnt from this workshop will inform future programs in the development of the (NAP) in South Sudan.