Young literate women and girls in conflict-affected areas become Girl Ambassadors for Peace by undergoing a training series on how to conduct literacy education, leadership, and the principles of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820. The Girl Ambassadors for Peace then travel to rural communities where they teach illiterate girls and women to read and write, along with basic numeracy. The young women also raise awareness about the importance of women’s rights and participation in decision-making and in peacebuilding by using popular theater and community dialogues.
1. Literacy training: Literate Congolese and South Sudanese girls travel to their villages and teach other women and girls how to read and write, thereby raising the literacy rate in their conflict- affected communities.
2. Leadership: Leadership training skills are taught by GNWP and its members in DRC and South Sudan. In addition, Girl Ambassadors are given different responsibilities to manage the Girl Ambassadors for Peace Program, in order to highlight the development of leadership skills among them.
3. Peacebuilding: Workshops on UNSCR 1325, 1820 and the supporting resolutions are conducted utilizing popular theater and community dialogues to raise awareness in young women and girls about their rights to participate in decision-making and peacebuilding at all levels.
The Girl Ambassadors for Peace Program enhances the capacities of women and girls, promotes and protects their rights. It uses UNSCR 1325 and 1820 as tools to hold officials and decision-makers accountable and to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. The program is currently being implemented in DRC and South Sudan, two countries in the midst of violent conflict that has placed the lives of women and children at risk.
The death of an estimated 5 million Congolese since 1996 and the failed peace negotiations between the government and the armed groups continue to marginalize the needs of women and youth. In South Sudan, the civil war between supporters of President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar has led to widespread displacement which has placed women and girls at a higher risk of sexual and other forms of violence.
Due to the conflicts, the literacy rate among women and girls has dropped and their sense of empowerment has plummeted to non-existence.
In order to address these high illiteracy rates and the high rate of sexual and gender-based violence among women and girls in these conflict-affected countries, GNWP and its civil society members are implementing and achieving success with the Girl Ambassadors for Peace Program.