One year too long: South Sudanese women use UNSC Resolution 1325 to push for implementation of the peace agreement – A panel discussion
By Patience Ikpeh
Date & Time: Friday, October 21, 2016; 3:00-5:00pm
Venue: United Nations Headquarters, New York; Conference Room 8
The renewed fighting in South Sudan on July 8, 2016 between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) government forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – In Opposition (SPLM/IO) forces during a Presidential meeting in Juba, has alerted the world once again on the fragility of the situation in this country. The violence has since continued. More deaths, sexual violence, displacement and human rights violations have also been reported. Amidst the violence, the government dismissed the appointed 1st Vice President and replaced him with another from the SPLM/IO. It is feared that this might lead to more fighting in South Sudan as it has already led to divisions in the SPLM/IO camp.
In response to the situation, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), Eve Organization for Women Development and the Consortium of Organizations for Women of South Sudan (CfW) convened South Sudanese women’s groups, civil society, government officials, religious leaders, representatives of IGAD, UN women and foreign embassies in a Peace Dialogue on South Sudan in Nairobi, Kenya on October 3-4, 2016. The dialogue discussed the national situation and the various efforts in promoting peace and stability in the country. The participants also discussed the obstacles to the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan signed in August 2015.
As follow up, a panel discussion on the current situation in South Sudan and the outcomes of the Peace dialogue will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 2016; 3:00-5:00 pm at the UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8. The panel will also elaborate on the implications of the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2304, the creation of a Regional Protection Force; the call for an arms embargo; and how South Sudan’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security can be used as an effective instrument towards the implementation of the peace agreement.
The panel discussion is being organized by GNWP, Eve Organization, CfW, the Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN and the Austrian Development Cooperation.
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Last update: October 17, 2016