April 29, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The German State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Michelle Müntefering MP, undertook a virtual visit to South Sudan on Monday (26.04.2021). Hon. Müntefering had meetings with Hon. Amb. Beatrice Khamisa Wani Noah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as with civil society representatives and German citizens who work in South Sudan with a German NGO and UNMISS. The State Minister was accompanied on her virtual visit by seven female members of Bundestag (the German Parliament).
“Germany will continue to support the peace process in South Sudan and the agenda of Women, Peace and Security”, said Hon. Müntefering on her Twitter Account after the meeting with Hon. Minister Beatrice Wani, thanking the South Sudanese Foreign Minister for their “great exchange”. “Our conversation makes clear that it is crucial to empower women worldwide”, said Hon. Müntefering. Both high-ranking representatives had met last time when Hon. Beatrice Wani was Ambassador to Germany (2018-2020).
As political exchange is crucial, the delegation had the intention to have meetings despite worldwide COVID situation and restrictions and therefore decided to meet their interlocutors virtually. The meetings focused on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security as well as on the empowerment of women and girls and on strategies to overcome the challenges women and girls still meet.
Germany’s support in Humanitarian Assistance and Stabilization also includes strategies with regard to women, peace and security as well as fighting sexual and gender based violence. The delegation had talks with the South Sudan based representative of Welthungerhilfe, a German NGO, a German UNMISS staff member working for the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Stabilization and Resilience (RSRTF) and with a female UNMISS Military Observer from German Armed Forces. The delegation was also briefed on development cooperation and cultural activities of the German Embassy.
Germany contributed last year 75 million euros for Humanitarian Assistance, has an ongoing transitional aid and development program of more than 200 million euros and dedicated in sum 13 million euros to the RSRTF since 2018.