From Nairobi, I helped found the SUDANESE WOMEN’S VOICE FOR PEACE (SWVP), which currently I chair. SWVP set out to end the silence of the victims in this war of aggression that ravaged the Sudan, where millions of innocent lives have been lost and ten of thousands made homeless or forced to live in camps for displaced persons. The women and children went through such suffering - destitution, intimidation, harassment, hunger, famine, malnutrition and disease - with no redress. SWV is a registered non-government organization both in Kenya and South Sudan where we advocate that every person (woman or man) has the right to freedom and security. No person may be deprived of her/ his freedom except for reasons and in accordance with procedures specified by laws. SWVP promoted the evolution of a common peace agenda amongst women in particular. We mainstream gender within civil society groups engaged in peace building. The aim was to enable them share their wider experience and knowledge so that they could challenge certain trends in the peace agreement.
Over the ten years of my practical experience in peace-building and the advocacy of women’s rights, I have engaged myself in community mobilization for peace and reconciliation, trauma counselling and also the documentation of women’s life stories in Violence Against Women campaigns. I have also been involved in conflict analysis, and the training of trainers. SWVP has over 50 members working as peace-builders in their respective communities, and a regular newsletter called ‘New Voice’, together with a magazine called ‘Images’. Women can raise people’s hopes and build confidence in grass roots peace-makers.