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

#defyhatenow is pleased to announce the second 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.

Josella Bakosoro

Josella Bakosoro Aniwote works as the Program Manager for Youth Trust Action and as an Operations Officer at Alpha bank. She is a humanitarian and women rights supporter good at public speeches and counselling young girls to foster a better tomorrow.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources. Her experience working with women organizations has motivated her to draw more interest in supporting women and youth in society.

YTA is an organization founded in 2019 with the intention of engaging the youth in activities that will render them a better future. The organisation offers counselling services and career guidance, entrepreneurial skills, health awareness, and sports activities.

Josella will undertake her #Act4peace fellowship activities alongside the following team members from YTA:  Anthony Wenzo, a project officer; Monica Baabe, a finance manager; Lawrence Pamba a Logistics officer; and George Hiboro, an admin officer.

Peter Malir Biar Deng

Peter  Malir Biar Deng is the  Executive Director for Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPAD),  a faith-based National, non-governmental organization. The organisation works for peace and amplifies the voices of the youth, children and women to take a lead in transforming and becoming change-makers in bringing peace, healing and reconciliation in their own communities.

CAPAD was founded in 2007 with the vision of creating diversified, peaceful and socially interactive societies in South Sudan. The organisation’s mission is to help in rebuilding lives and communities that have been devastated by wars, poverty, and ethnic conflicts in South Sudan with a focus on strengthening and empowering youth and women. This is through conflict transformation, social justice, peace dialogues, trauma healing, advocacy, civic engagement, economic empowerment and capacity development. Ultimately, CAPAD seeks to realize a peaceful and prosperous South Sudanese society.