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The institute built my skills, strengthened my confidence and energized me. I got the courage to approach cultural leaders and explain to them why women are important in the community and how violence is created by cultural norms. hen I returned from the institute, I also made sure women were on board to compete for leadership positions during RWC elections in Adjumani. I was able to empower more women to compete with men for positions such as Chairperson and General secretary.
I went out like a bushfire to respond to the challenges women faced in Eastern Congo. The institute challenged me to see things in a different way and to take action. As a result, I was one of the initiators of COCAFEM (a network of womens associations in the Great Lakes) to respond to the regional challenges.
I found myself. The Isis-WICCE-WOREC feminist institute helped me embark on the journey of transformation. It equipped me with practical skills to document cases of different forms of violence against women and analyse them with a feminist lens.
Having participated in the medical camp was an eye opener and it enabled me to see beyond Monrovia. I was able to sympathize and empathize with women survivors and I have become an advocate for women’s rights and needs. I used to see about 10 women only every day, but now I see more than this. I can now even spare some more time to see women on Saturdays.
In my own teaching on women’s movements these cases are very useful. We urgently need more of this kind of work- I strongly recommend this report and its collaborative strategy as a very good model for other national studies on women’s political participation.
The Isis-WICCE training inspired me to contest and win elections. The understanding that women have wisdom and capacity to lead like our male counterparts gave me a lot of courage to contest. I know that I will contribute to peace building and good governance in South Sudan”
They wondered how nine men could sleep with me and I could still talk. The greatest part of the project was enabling us to tell and write our stories. This has been very energising. We have regained our self-esteem and more women in the community want to be open about their HIV status so they can join us to get these benefits.
I sincerely want to thank Isis-WICCE and WOREC for setting-up a bridge between nations, countries and continents through this cross cultural exchange. It brings along different women from different social-cultural backgrounds. These women have experienced conflict in diverse manners, and sharing their experience is also a healing process... I realize that each person is unique.
I have been appointed to several leadership positions within the Government of South Sudan in part because of the support and work of The Peace Centre
As a woman leader I left the Institute determined to bring peace in my community by taking concrete actions to seek peace in our territory and country. The Leadership Institute for Peace and Security brought together many African women peace activists of different ages, through our exchanges I learned that unity is strength. When women work together as a group, they are better equipped to make change, so we must strengthen collaboration across different countries to advance the women, peace and security agenda.
The manual on Management of Medical and Psychological Effects of War Trauma is a very useful reference tool for continued response to women survivors issues. Isis-WICCE brought in a team of experts that trained our own team. This was a clear case of south-south cooperation. [The Ministry of Gender] used the research findings to fundraise for our GBV programmes.
The psychosocial skills I acquired have changed my practice. I am now invited in homes to mediate and solve conflicts between husbands and wives and I am able to do this without taking sides. I have done this in six families so far.
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