“Women in Peace-Building: Lessons from South Sudan” co-hosted by SALO and DIRCO- 30 June 2016, Pretoria



On the 30th of June 2016, SALO in partnership with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), hosted a workshop entitled, The Role of Women in Peace-building: Lessons from South Sudan. This event highlighted the challenges that women face in the South Sudan peace process and opportunities for greater inclusion.

The first panel discussion included speakers Mr John Simon Kor, Deputy Head of Mission, South Sudanese Embassy in South Africa; Ms Selaelo S Ramokgopa, Chief Director of East Africa Desk at DIRCO and H.E. Ms Trine Skymoen, Ambassador to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in South Africa.

The second session was addressed by Justice Ajonye Perpetua Paya, Deputy Chairperson of the Law Society of South Sudan; Ms Zeinab Yassin Hagelsafi, the Chairwoman of the South Sudan Women’s General Association (SSWGA) and Ms Venetia Govender, a SALO Associate and Director of Crisis Action Southern Africa who gave the closing remarks.

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Justice Ajonye Perpetua Paya, Deputy Chairperson, Law Society of South Sudan with Molly Dhlamini from SALO
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Zeinab Yassin Hagelsafi, Chairwoman, South Sudan Women’s General Association


In his closing remarks, Bishop Rubin Phillip thanked the South Sudan speakers for giving an informative and insightful presentation about South Sudan, which Bishop Phillip noted was a great yet also very complex country.