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New Directions in Women, Peace and Security$
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Soumita Basu, Paul Kirby, and Laura Shepherd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529207743

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529207743.001.0001

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South Sudanese Women on the Move: An Account of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

South Sudanese Women on the Move: An Account of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

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(p.i) New Directions in Women, Peace and Security

Rita M. Lopidia

Lucy Hall

Policy Press

This chapter offers a personal reflection of Rita M. Lopidia’s journey into activism on matters related to Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in South Sudan. In this chapter, Rita discusses her first-hand experience of feminist advocacy in relation to WPS in South Sudan and transnationally. Rita is the co-founder of EVE organisation, which under Rita’s leadership has played a critical role in monitoring the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 in South Sudan. This chapter focuses on the work involved in monitoring the implementation of UNSCR 1325, and the opportunities and obstacles activists face. Rita describes her personal experience of advocacy in the region and at the UN Security Council level. To conclude, Rita explains the local context and the future of the women’s movement in South Sudan, with reference to the intersections between WPS with UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. Rita’s tireless advocacy and work addressing gendered violence, justice, peace and security is an awe-inspiring example of the connectedness between the normative gains of WPS and the on the ground realities of ensuring women’s voices are heard at the negotiating table.

Keywords:   South Sudan, feminist activism, peace agreements, monitoring and evaluation, implementation, Youth, Peace, and Security agenda

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