Meet the first cohort of South Sudan’s #Act4peace Fellowship 

#defyhatenow is pleased to announce the first cohort of the #Act4peace fellowship under the EU funded project. #Act4peace is a 3 month paid fellowship that aims at mentoring youth leaders in South Sudan to carry out sustained approaches in their communities to tackle Hate Speech. 

The program is targeted towards youth leaders, activists, and community leaders who work at the forefront of conflict transformation among communities in South Sudan. Through the #Act4peace mini-grant and the accompanying mentorship and support, we hope to be a spark of hope by assisting in enlarging the scope and adding more visibility to the work of young peacebuilders in South Sudan. 

Meet Robert Antipas

Robert Guya Antipas is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in business and economics who is passionate about peacebuilding and the involvement of youth and vulnerable mothers in such efforts. He has been actively involved in community service since 2018 in various capacities. Robert has been advocating for the involvement of more youth in peacebuilding in Yei River County. He is currently a program manager for YAMORA, an NNGO in Yei. Robert strongly believes that if more youths are engaged in peacebuilding efforts,  war can be denounced and sustainable peace can be achieved in South Sudan.

Meet Dominic Olelangmoi Ojok 

Dominic Ojok is passionate about creating lasting peace in South Sudan. He has experience working with youth as well as Christian organisations working towards the harmonization of all South Sudanese citizens. 

Meet Mercy Taban Amule

Mercy Taban Amule is a Media Personality, Educationist, Educational Consultant, Researcher, Youth Advocate and Author. He is also the founder and CEO of Pillars Of Transformation (POT), a Community Based Organization that works with youth and engages them in tackling inevitably pressing youth challenges with first-hand information and skills. He is currently the Station Manager of Access Radio 88.8 FM, a community-based radio station in Yei River County. Prior to joining Access Radio, he spent over 7 years working with several media houses, including Capital FM 89.0 Juba among others.

Meet David Garang Goch

David Garang Goch is an activist based in Bor, Jonglei State. His work focuses on advocacy to alleviate the challenges faced by citizens of Jonglei State. David has worked as a chairperson for Jonglei civil society network (JCSN) for four years to advocate and raise awareness on governance-related issues, accountability and transparency, as well as hate speech and conflict mitigation amongst the communities of Jonglei State. His aim is to contribute towards a peaceful South Sudan through peacebuilding and conflict mitigation.