Women of South Sudan desire a life of dignity, sustainable peace, and development
by Jim Davis, KAIROS
KAIROS funded partner, the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA), a sub regional fellowship of churches affiliated with the All African Conference of Churches, held a workshop with women representatives of the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), another KAIROS funded partner, in Juba, South Sudan in mid-August 2012 on the subject of the 2000 United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325: The Role of Women in Prevention and Resolution of Conflict, Peace Building, and Post Conflict Reconstruction. Although the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) has not ratified UN SCR 1325 which it does not view as binding, the issues involved are extremely important. UN SCR 1325, the first ever resolution that specifically addresses the impact of war on women and children, specifically emphasizing the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts in maintaining and promoting sustainable peace and security is very relevant to South Sudan. Women participants came from Greater Bahr-el-Ghazal, Greater Equatoria, and Greater Upper Nile regions in the newly independent Republic of South Sudan representing member churches of SCC: the Catholic Church, Episcopal Church of Sudan, Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, Sudan Pentecostal Church and Africa Inland Church. In the recent independence referendum 52% of the voters were women.