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JUBA - 23 Jun 2014

South Sudanese woman wins UK award for peacemaking

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has awarded Elizabeth Henry Angok, Regional Director for the South Sudan Mother and Child Care Organisation, with the Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping.

Mother and Child Care Organisation works for the prevention of sexual violence and enables victims and survivors to have better access to justice and health.

In a press statement, the UK Embassy explained that Elizabeth Angok’s work in tackling sexual violence at a grassroots level has been “highly influential and has helped to bring about significant positive changes in Northern Bahr El Ghazal.”

The organisation offers psychosocial support and counselling to victims. It has been supported by the UN Development Programme and American Refugee Committee. 

According to the embassy statement, the awareness efforts have reached to “court members, chiefs and community leaders,” as well as the wider community.

The Marsh Award recipient is typically selected by the Wilton Park Advisory Council and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award recognizes individuals who make an innovative difference to peacemaking.