Betty Sunday is the Coordinator of the Women's Monthly Forum on Peace and Political Processes in South Sudan (WMF). The WMF was formed in the wake of the December 2013 crisis in South Sudan to bring together women from all walks of life to discuss and share ideas and activities on the peace process and peacebuilding in South Sudan. Since December 2013, the WMF has played a vital role in calling for peace and the inclusion of women.
Under the leadership of Ms. Sunday, the WMF has organized events including a National Women's Prayer for Peace Day, trainings to increase the capacity of women to participate in and promote the peace process, and monthly forums where pertinent issues related to women in the peace process are discussed. Ms. Sunday frequently appears on local radio stations in South Sudan to further advocate for the inclusion of women. Drawing on her medical expertise, Ms. Sunday also works to raise awareness on sexual gender-based violence, and particularly drawing attention to the increase rate of fistula cases in the country. The advocacy efforts of the WMF have drawn regional and international attention, with the WMF being chosen as one of the focal organizations representing South Sudan civil society organizations in the Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) at the African Union. As a representative of the WMF, Ms. Sunday recently spoke at a United Nations-led conference in Addis Ababa about the role of women in the Hybrid Court of South Sudan and transitional justice.
Ms. Sunday also serves as Deputy Representative of South Sudan in the Regional Women Movement Forum, which is a body that represents women leaders from the region is to advocate for peace in South Sudan and Burundi and to urge leaders to protect the lives of their people, with particular emphasis on women.
Betty Sunday (United Nations)