IPCA establishes women network to participate in peace process
B y Woja Emmanuel
The Initiative for Peace Communication Association (IPCA) has established a Network for Women Peace Actors in South Sudan (NEWPASS) to participate in the Peace implementation in the country.
The initiative which will be launched today aims at strengthening coordination among women peace organizations and associations in South Sudan.
According to the initiative’s objective, as South Sudan Peace Agreement moves to the level of implementation, women organizations, associations and groups were engaging at different capacities and localities to reconcile South Sudanese communities grieved by the five year conflict.
Some women associations have similar activities for peace in some areas thus duplicating the efforts, the statement added.
The coalition is set to embark on service integration among the forum members to avoid service duplication. This will help to ensure that services are provided to whom and where they are needed most, the coalition statement added.
The network will promote policy-level and operational collaboration between women peace organizations, government and development partners to increase women influence in decision making at local, national and regional policy levels through advocacy, networking and communication.
The obtained proposal reiterated that IPCA in partnership with UN WOMEN seeks to build a coalition that will help to coordinate, strengthen and harmonize activities across South Sudan to maximize outcomes.
The coalition activities will be limited to capacity building, networking, coordination, advocacy, research and fundraising for its members.
IPCA has worked with the women communities in Juba to empower their capacity to participate in peace process at community levels.
The coalition objectives are to technically empower women organizations and associations to leading peace, healing and reconciliation programmes across the country.
It also aims at advocating for gender equality and women participation in the implementation of the peace agreement.
The Revitalized Agreement was signed on 12th September in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa spearheaded by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) bringing to an end a five and half year conflict in the country.