This webinar has focused on good organisational safeguarding culture and leadership. It specifically discusses some of the challenges when senior leadership are involved in perpetrating Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) or are unwilling to address it, and possible solutions.
- Caroline Kibos, National Associate- South Sudan Resource and Support Hub
Caroline Kibos is a lawyer with a passion for human rights, peace building, governance, transitional justice and security sector reforms. She supported local level peace initiatives in South Sudan and refugee camps in Uganda and Ethiopia. She also actively supported civil society during the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) in Addis and continues to participate in different policy fora that play great roles on shaping public policies.
She is a co-coordinator of the South Sudan Civil Society Forum, a member to both the Women Coalition & Youth Coalition and the representative of the youth to the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC). Ms Kibos strongly supports women and youth participation and inclusion in all other processes. She is committed to women empowerment and emancipation from all barriers including cultural and societal barriers that hinder full participation of women in public life. Caroline currently works as the national associate for the South Sudan Resource and Support Hub.
- Rita Lopidia, Advisor to the South Sudan Resource and Support Hub
Rita M. Lopidia is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Eve Organization for Women Development, South Sudan and Uganda. She has more than ten years’ experience in gender, women, peace and security in Sudan and South Sudan. A vocal human rights and peace activist, Rita organized women activists to demand for women and civil society participation in the IGAD-led South Sudan Peace talks in Addis Ababa (2014-2015 and 2017-2018). She was a delegate in both processes and a signatory to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution for the conflict in South Sudan (2018).
Rita has extensively worked with internally displaced persons in South Sudan and with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. She has addressed the UN Security Council on several occasions about Women, Peace and Security in South Sudan. She is a recipient of the CELD Global Women Leadership Award in 2017, the inaugural “Distinguished Partners for Women, Peace and Security Award” for 2019 and the USIP inaugural women building peace award. She is the Senior Advisor in the RSH South Sudan Hub. A Rotary Peace Fellow, she holds a Masters’ Degrees in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford
Please also be advised that this webinar contains content on safeguarding, that some may find distressing.