Residents of Aweil gather to listen to speeches on the contents of the peace agreement in South Sudan. [Photo| Agoth Abraham]
By Agoth Abraham
GOK-MACHAR, June 22, 2016 [Gurtong]- Democracy International (DI) and USAID-funded project, Systems to Uphold the Credibility and Constitutionality Elections in
South Sudan (SUCCESS) in collaboration with the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) this week continued with efforts to sensitize the citizens about the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.
Four briefings were conducted in Aweil Town and one in Gok-Machar.
The briefings were held from June 8 – 19 in different locations of Aweil Town, Nyalath and Pamat in Gok-Machar respectively in which women, youths, intellectuals and opinion leaders and the general public were sensitized.
These briefings were carried out in an effort to inform the citizens on the contents, provisions and institutions that are established under the Peace Agreement so that they will be able to
voice their concerns and engage the parties to the Agreement, the regional bodies and the international community during the transitional period.
The briefings aimed at updating the citizens on the steps being taken by the parties to the Agreement in regards to the implementation modalities, for instance, the return to Juba of the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar who led the armed opposition against President Salva Kiir’s Government and the subsequent formation of the TGoNU.
It also analysed the ARCSS from a gender perspective, highlighting to citizens on the requirements of women’s participation, engagement and their role in the peace implementation roadmap.
“We thank both his excellency Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar for signing the peace agreement for the people of South Sudan. We also extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation towards SUCCESS for taking the initiative of educating us about this signed Peace Agreement. This is the first time that an organization has come to talk to us about peace. In a special way we also thank SUCCESS for explaining to us the gender analysis of the Agreement and also enlightening us on the role of women in the peace process. It is our duty as women to ensure that peace returns to our communities and to the country at large; and we shall work towards achieving that. We shall carry this message of peace everywhere we go,” said one of the Participants at Malual Center, Gok-Machar.