Speaking Tour: Women from South Sudan and Canada on Healing and Peace | Dec 2, 2017
SATURDAY, DEC 2 @ 7:00 – 9:00 PM
REGINA, Knox-Metropolitan United Church, 2340 Victoria Ave.
Join us for a panel discussion on healing, peace, and activism against gender-based violence with women from South Sudan and Saskatchewan. The panel will include Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng of the National Women’s Program of the South Sudan Council of Churches and women’s rights defenders working in Treaty 4 Territory, including: Brenda Dubois, Mirtha Rivera, and Crystal Giesbrecht. Moderated by Yordanos Tesfamariam of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.
Panel and Discussion with:
- Agnes Wasuk Petia, National Women’s Program (NWP), South Sudan Council of Churches
- Awak Deng, Youth Coordinator, NWP, South Sudan Council of Churches
- Mirtha Rivera, Social justice advocate and Artist
- Brenda Dubois, Social justice advocate and Knowledge Keeper, Muscowpetung First Nation
- Crystal Giesbrecht, Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS)
Join us in welcoming two South Sudanese women to Regina who will be sharing their fight against gender-based violence as part of the No Más II tour. Representatives from the South Sudan Council of Churches’ National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP) will share their experiences alongside women’s rights defenders working in Treaty 4 Territory. The SSCC-NWP is a part of the KAIROS Women of Courage program which supports women’s leadership in peace and security globally. This is one stop on the national tour which focuses on connecting local and global work to end gender-based violence.
A part #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which takes place Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until Dec. 10 (International Human Rights Day).
Awak Deng is the Youth Coordinator of the National Women’s Programme of the South Sudan Council of Churches. She was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and is from the Dinka ethnic group. She has been an active member of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Juba. Awak organizes seminars for youth, including those focused on women and girls, inside and outside the churches.
Agnes Wasuk Petia has been the Coordinator of the National Women’s Programme (NWP) of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) since June 2013 when the SSCC separated from the Khartoum-based Sudan Council of Churches as consequence of South Sudan’s independence in 2011. She was born in Juba and belongs to the Bari ethnic group of the Equitoria Region
Before joining the SSCC, Agnes worked in accounting with the Regional Government of South Sudan in Juba prior to independence, as well as for the German Leprocy Relief Associaltion in Khartoum, and as a coordinator for the social ministry and education with the Catholic Achdiocese of Khartoum. She returned to Juba in South Sudan in 2010 and voted for South Sudanese independence in the referendum. After the independence in 2011, Agnes joined the of Catholic Archdiocese of Juba as Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness until 2013 when she joined the SSCC as the NWP Coordinator.
Bredna Dubois is a mother and grandmother (kokum), from Muscowpetung First Nation. She has worked extensively in the areas of Child welfare, Human justice and environmental issues. She is an advocate for education and vulnerable peoples. Brenda believes that practicing culture and traditions is important for people to continually learn and evolve. She has contributed to many community building initiatives including Northern Survival Gathering, Peyakowak, Family Support Centre, and the Randall Kinship Centre.
Crystal Geisbricht is the Director of Research and Communications of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services (PATHS). She is also a volunteer Fieldworker for Amnesty International Canada. Locally, she sits on the volunteer board of Regina’s Amnesty International Community Group and participate in the RESOLVE Saskatchewan Steering Committee, the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers Practice Ethics Committee, and the Regina Community Partnership Against Violence (CPAV) committee.
Mirtha Rivera was born in the capital city of Santiago, Chile, where a military coup overthrew the elected national government in 1973. Mirtha came to Saskatchewan as a political refugee with her husband and young son in November 1975. The cold weather didn’t freeze her creative spark, and she continued her organizing work in the Chilean, women’s, and arts communities. She is a singer, musician, writer, political activist, animal-lover, and mother of two grown sons. She and her compañera began their relationship in 1989, lobbied for LGBT rights including the right to marry before 2005, and married in 2010.