Gladys Anek holding the Trophy and Ipad (M) Deng Deng Hoc Minister of Education and in African wear Rose Paulino Minister of Gender and Child Welfare Jubek State, photo by Mandela Nelson Denis
By Mandela Nelson Denis
A student of Don Bosco Secondary School in Juba has emerged victorious at the awards ceremony of the United Nations Peace Essay Writing Competition held yesterday at Nyakuron cultural center.
Gladys Anek won an apple I Pad for her efforts. Other winners included Khana Kockedhie of Loreta Girls Secondary School in Rumbek and the third winner was Jacob Mach from Kapoeta Secondary School.
Ten states such as Jubek, Kwajok, Rumbek, Kapoeta, Jongeli, Wau, Yambio and Aweil took part in the competition.
Speaking to the press, Anek said that her point of role of local women association to peace building paved her way to winning.
She explained that there was no way peace could be achieved without the full participation of women in all levels. She said women associations in the local states should not be left behind.
“The local women associations should be reached so that they become part of the peace process,” she said. “I also call upon the Government to include women in the next peace process that will take place,” she added.
Khana Kockedhie’s essay was about the role of intermarriages to peace building where she explained that culture of intermarriage should be encouraged in South Sudan.
Khana cited example of Dinka and Nuer marrying each other which helped to prevent conflict between the two tribes.
Jacob Mach, the third winner said that women’s decision should be considered in key policy drafts and they should not be left out when making concrete decision for the country.
“Women should be part of key decision makers just as it is done in Kapoeta, the women are part of any ideas shared and their views are very important,” he said.
Deng Deng Hoc, the Minister of General Education who was amongst the jury in the Essay Competition congratulated all the participants for their efforts in highlighting the roles of women towards durable peace in the country.
The Essay Competition was organized by United Nations Mission in South Sudan under the theme “how women can contribute to durable peace in South Sudan.”
The special Representative of the Secretary General of United Nations mission in South Sudan David Shear appreciated the participants.
Mr. Shearer said that the competition clearly showed that peace was coming to South Sudan.