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RDAA Conducts Eye-Opening Advocacy Meetings on Women Participation in Peace and Governance Processes in Nzara and Maridi

The advocacy for empowering women and encouraging them to go beyond the social limitations and to participate in leadership processes has always been at the heart of RDAA. Moreover, RDAA has never hesitated to act and to do something that would empower women, youths and the vulnerable. In fact, one of the commitments of RDAA is to make life a little better for the deprived.

This advocacy meeting is part of the project entitled; “Advocacy on inclusive dialogue, reconciliation, healing and social cohesion in Maridi, Nzara and Yambio Counties”, implemented by RDAA and funded by UNDP.

Opening session of the Advocacy meeting in Nzara

Given the above considerations, On December 11, 2020, RDAA conducted a 1-day advocacy meeting with decision makers on women participation in peace and governance processes in Nzara County and a similar one on December 18, 2020 in Maridi County both of which are in Western Equatoria State.

A group photo at the end of the Advocacy meeting in Nzara

In attendance in both meetings were a cross section of 40 decision makers from State parliament, Civil servants, civil society, religious leaders, local leaders, women groups, youth and peace committee members.

The opening session of the Advocacy meeting in Maridi

The leaders who spoke at the meetings challenged the women to conquer their fears and believe in themselves because the power of leadership is already within them. In their remarks, the leaders who spoke in both meetings appreciated the program and requested that such meetings should in future be extended to the grass root levels at the Payams and bomas.

A group photo at the end of the Advocacy meeting in Maridi

Some of the resolutions passed for implementation and follow up by all the stakeholders at the meetings include but not limited to the following:

  1. The Government to Respect and implement the 35% gender rule
  2. Empower and capacitate women through trainings and workshops
  3. Identify and support vulnerable groups of women
  4. Career guidance to girls and women
  5. Encourage women for higher education in different disciplines
  6. Discourage early/forced marriage
  7. Provide job opportunities for women
  8. Psychosocial support for women
  9. Continue to support girl child education
  10. Offer scholarships to vulnerable girls
  11. Open more vocational centers for women

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