Two Sudanese peacebuilders touring Canada to share their experience of combating violence against women

Development and Peace is joining its partner Kairos and a number of other organizations in welcoming two peacebuilders from South Sudan to Canada as part of an awareness-raising tour about combating violence against women. The No Màs II tour will take place from November 24th to December 10th across six cities (Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Regina, Montreal, and Ottawa).

The tour will feature two representatives of the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Program, a partner funded by KAIROS: Agnes Wasuk Petia, coordinator of the program and Awak Hussein Deng, the program’s youth coordinator.

South Sudan is at a critical juncture in its history. The resurgence of conflict in the country since December 2013 has severely affected women’s lives. The civil war that has been dragging on in a complex political context has threatened the country’s basic fabric and has resulted in the displacement of millions of people, sporadic assassinations, and famine. Approximately 60,000 South Sudanese people have been killed in the recent civil war, two million have been displaced within the country, and another two million people have fled to neighbouring countries.

Development and Peace programming in South Sudan focused on humanitarian aid and peace and reconciliation. Our priority today is to meet the needs of the people affected by the conflict and addressing food insecurity in the country. We work with Caritas South Sudan and the Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate to provide food, water, shelter, and health and psychosocial services, as well as to facilitate access to education.


Agnes and Awak are women peacebuilders, like those from Afghanistan, Colombia, and Lebanon presented in Development and Peace’s fall campaign May Peace be With Her. These women play a crucial role in conflict prevention and resolution, as well as in building and sustaining inclusive, lasting, and equitable peace in their countries.

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Tour dates and cities:


Friday, November 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue



Sunday, November 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen Street North



Sunday, November 26, 2017, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All Saints Anglican Church 400 Northfield Dr. West



Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Lakehead University, University Centre, Faculty Lounge (UC1029), 955 Oliver Rd. Spaces are limited. Reserve your spot:



Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lakehead University, University Centre, Faculty Lounge (UC1029), 955 Oliver Road



Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Knox-Met United Church, 2340 Victoria Avenue



Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2026 Winnipeg Street



Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Espace Benoît Lacroix, 2715, ch. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine

The event is organized by the Montreal youth group of Development and Peace and Kairos Canada, in partnership with Pax Christi, ROJEP and l’Espace Benoit Lacroix.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Archidiocese de Montreal, Room 130/135, 2000, Sherbrooke West (metro Atwater)
The event is organized by the Diocese of Montreal, Development and Peace and Kairos. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, room 1160, 55 Laurier Avenue East
Members of Parliament from each political party will be invited to respond to the presentation by the Sudanese guests as it relates to Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy and National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Development and Peace is a co-organizer of this event. Share on Facebook

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