UNMISS chief hails women’s efforts in peace building


David Shearer the UN’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General (photo by Mandela Nelson Denis):

By Mandela Nelson Denis

The head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer has said that women can do great job to realization of peace in the country.

David Shearer made this remarks on Wednesday during the United Nations Essay for Peace awards ceremony.

Shearer hailed South Sudanese women for being strong and passionate about peace.

“Young people and young women taking part in this competition is a clear sign that peace is coming to South Sudan, this shows that those who make great effort to peace are the ordinary women,” Shearer said.

The UNMISS chief also gave examples of other countries such as Liberia whose women championed peace and are currently enjoying peace because of the role of women in peace building.

Honorable Jasmine Samuel, a member of the National Dialogue said that the attitude that women cannot make decision must be changed.

“Women should be included in key decision making for the better of the country,” Jasmine said.

Gladys Anek the winner of United Nations Peace Essay Competition told the press that women should not be left behind in since they have great roles to play.

“I encourage women to be part of the peace process, they should not be left out,” she said. “Women will accelerate the peace process because they are fed up with the suffering of the people.”

Jacob Mach who took part in the essay competition told Juba Monitor that in his state women are the best in promoting peace and unity.

“In Kapoeta any problem is settled by the women, they are peace ambassadors; our mothers are working hard to maintain unity amongst the citizens,” Jacob said.





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