Eve Organization in partnership with Operation 1325 –Sweden organized a two-days meeting from 4 -5 November 2011 to bridge the gap between Organizations and the Women Parliamentarians in Central Equatorial State. The meeting brought together representatives from Women Organizations, women groups around South Sudan, the CES state women parliamentarians, and representatives from the ministry of gender at both national and state level, with a goal of discussing challenges facing women in South Sudan in the context of UNSCR 1325 and finding ways of resolving them jointly. The meeting also aimed at finding ways through which the different stakeholders could advocate together for a National Action plan of UNSCR 1325 and its implementation in South Sudan.
After the historic split of the Africa’s largest country, South Sudan became the youngest country in the world, but since then challenges and wreckage had been its champion. During its first years of independence, an oil stalemate with neighboring Sudan, inter-communal violence, persistent rebellions by splinter militia groups, increasingly controlled political space, corruption, and limited economic opportunities troubled the young nation. In the midst of looking for solution for the problems; the 15 December 2013 violence broke in the heart of Juba the capital city, between soldiers loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and others loyal to the former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar which quickly spread to Unity, Upper Nile and Jongolei states. The devastating violence claimed lives of thousands, over 1.9 million people fled their homes, and more than 325,000 sought refuge in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda because of violence and fear. Majority of women and children are caught in the middle of the warring faction.
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.
"We cannot survive on the food rations given to us by the UN World Food Program, it is not enough; so some of us have to venture out to get firewood and sell it at the market. In the process we are beaten and sometimes raped. I have been raped three times, but I still go out, what else I can do. On a lucky day nothing happens to me but on a bad day I meet these bad guys; but I will continue to go out for the sake of my family."One of the women living in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Rubkona.