The Countess of Wessex-The first Royal to visit South Sudan


The Countess of Wessex, Sophie has been an advocate for equality, through many platforms to promote societal issues especially women’s rights. For the first time, Sophie will visit South Sudan this week-the first royal visit to the country- to speak to survivors of gender-based violence, highlight the rights of women and girls through education,

inclusivity at leadership level, and by tackling sexual and gender-based violence.

Upon her arrival yesterday, Sophie and other visitors were screened for the coronavirus. Other foreign nations have been required to have their temperature checked upon arrival.

The event details will incorporate conversations with survivors on their personal stories, discussion of the ongoing challenges faced by displaced women and girls and conversation with men who are taking part in a programme to try and bring better gender equality into their homes and community.

Taking to Twitter, Chris Trott, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to South Sudan, tweeted about the Countess’ arrival in the country.

Chris said: “Very pleased to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to South Sudan today to support women’s participation and efforts to prevent and address gender based violence.

The Royal will also visit the capital of Juba to meet with female political leaders and peacebuilders to discuss the importance of including more women in the implementation of the South Sudan peace process and in wider politics and decision-making. She will then visit a local school to learn about the effect of the ongoing humanitarian crisis on young people, and to see the UK’s support for girls’ education and the efforts being made to champion girls staying in education.

Sophie’s visit to South Sudan is an official visit undertaken on behalf of the Queen 

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