Juba, 21 July, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has nominated a South Sudanese Catholic woman known for her years of peace activism in the country and beyond alongside three other African women in a global competition launched “to recognize the vital role of women who are working in fragile or conflict-affected countries in pursuit of peace.”
Co-founder and Executive Director of Eve Organization for Women Development, Rita Martin Lopidia Abraham, emerged on the list of USIP’s Women Building Peace Council alongside nominees from Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
In their announcement of 10 finalists of the award, including women from other conflict-inflicted countries in the world, USIP officials lauded Ms. Lopidia for her role in inclusion of women in the South Sudan peace process “despite threats to her life.”
“Rita Martin Lopidia is a passionate and dynamic civil society leader recognized for being the driving force behind the inclusion of women in the South Sudan peace process,” USIP leadership observed in the message announcing the 10 nominees.
“Despite threats to her life, Rita has shown an exceptional capacity to convene a diverse group of actors from across traditional lines of division. She is a leader among activists and civil society at the community level, as well as among national and international actors. Her tireless and thoughtful efforts for peace have resulted in measurable steps toward peace in her homeland,” USIP leadership further stated.