SPLM women league discuss roles in peace
By Martin Manyiel Wugol
About Fifty SPLM women league in Kampala converged at Silver Spring Hotel in Kampala on last Saturday to discuss their roles of women of South Sudan’s peace building.
The event was held under the theme “The role of South Sudanese Women in Peace Building and Reconciliation”.
Adut Arok Thon secretary at South Sudanese embassy urged the women to support men in issues of peace since they were the backbone of the nation.
She challenged the women to be free citizens who have the capacity to implement the revitalized peace agreement were hesitating to involve them.
Priscilla Ajak Mangar one of the participants who spoke on behalf of the women said women should always involve themselves in peace building and reconciliation.
She said women can easily forgive and move forward for the sake of peace and harmony among citizens.
Ms. Mangar added that any conflict in South Sudan can affect the whole region.
“It is our role to maintain peace in the country and the region at large,” she said.
The SPLM Women League workshop was attended by South Sudan’s senior diplomats including Ambassador Duku Michael, Brig Gen Thiik Bol South Sudan Embassy Defense attaché.
Bol congratulated women leadership in Uganda and described their role in peace building as instrumental.
“Women are like salt as we all know brose without salt in it make no sense. Therefore women have significance role to play in peace building and if we believe in peace all women must be included,” he said.
Addressing her audience Chairlady of SPLM Women League Uganda Chapter Panda Machol Maduong congratulated the women for being peace lovers of all time.
She appealed to the women to take the bull by its horns especially in peace building and reconciliation effort because women have essential role to play in uniting the country divided by the war.
“If we wanted to sustain peace amongst our people political leadership together with opposition signatories to peace must fully engaged women in peace building,” she said.
The chairlady encouraged women to get involve in peace building, adding that peace was very important as women could educate their children on peaceful coexistence.
Ambassador Simon Duku Michael said both men and women were created equally and urged them to work together.
“We must denounce the culture of violence and encourage democratic means of addressing political challenges in the country,” he said.
Ambassador Michael who was the guest of honor thanked Uganda’s government for it generosity to host South Sudanese in the country.
He urged the women to call on peace implementers to implement peace as the government was every ready to ensure the revitalized peace agreement was implemented.