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Sister-to-Sister 2014 kicks off in Ottawa!
an article by Nobel Women's Initiative

We are thrilled to announce the beginning of the 2014 Sister-to- Sister Mentorship Program!

Maha Babeker, Andrea Ixchíu and Alice Vilmaro,

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On August 30, Maha Babeker (Sudan), Andrea Ixchíu (Guatemala) and Alice Vilmaro (South Sudan) will arrive in Ottawa to begin 6- weeks of advocacy training. Each of the participants are actively involved in promoting peace, justice and women’s rights in their countries.

While in Ottawa Maha, Andrea and Alice will work alongside our team at the Nobel Women’s Initiative to hone their advocacy and communications skills, as well as learn from experts working in related areas. They will also partner with The MATCH International Women’s Fund to share their activist experiences with audiences across the province. Outside of the office, the participants will meet local activists and learn from their strategies.

The Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program began in 2012 in response to needs identified by partner organizations for increased advocacy training and hands-on skill building for young women’s rights activists within an international setting. Young women activists from Palestine, Sudan, Mexico, Liberia, Burma and Guatemala have participated in the program and returned to their countries as stronger activists.

Follow the Sister-to- Sister Mentorship Program blog for updates from Maha, Andrea and Alice!

Maha Babeker, Sudan

Maha Babeker has worked alongside Salmmah Women’s Resource Center in Khartoum, Sudan since 2010. Maha is currently a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and is coordinating a project to advocate for the reform of adultery laws in Sudan. Maha is a graduate of the University of Khartoum. She has a long history as an activist—including participating in One Billion Rising and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Andrea Ixchíu, Guatemala

Andrea Ixchíu is a journalist and workshop facilitator dedicated to promoting indigenous women’s rights in Guatemala. Since childhood, Andrea has organized local campaigns to denounce violence against women in her community. She now delivers workshops to youth on preventing gender violence. As a journalist, Andrea writes for local and municipal papers to promote indigenous women’s participation in traditional leadership structures.

Alice Vilmaro, South Sudan

Alice Vilmaro is a Gender and Planning Officer with the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) in Juba, South Sudan. In this role, Alice coordinates programs that promote the involvement of women and girls in South Sudan to achieve a lasting peace. A remarkable young leader, Alice is also working alongside a civil society monitoring team to effectively implement UN Resolution 1325 in the country.

[Thank you to Janet Hudgins, the CPNN reporter for this article.]


Question(s) related to this article:

Do women have a special role to play in the peace movement?,

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Latest reader comment:

The 30 articles in CPNN linked to this question make it clear that women indeed have a special role to play in the peace movement.  See the following for an historical explanation of why this is true.

This report was posted on September 3, 2014.