A human rights and civil society activist from southern Sudan. Her work with indigenous NGOs in southern Sudan has focused on the improvement of organizational structures and capacity building. She has also been involved with several Sudanese women’s organizations in their efforts to integrate women-friendly provisions into international, regional and local human rights programs.
Suzanne is the founder of the New Sudanese Indigenous Network, an umbrella body organization which works with 20 local Sudanese NGOs to address issues like women's rights, post-conflict strategies, human rights, and participatory governance. Her motivations are clear. "Being from South Sudan, I am a direct victim of the war. I have seen a lot of suffering, particularly among women. I hate to see women being victimized. I really hate to see that. But it’s a reality and it’s happening," states Suzanne.
Suzanne worked as a negotiator for the IGAD-facilitated peace process from 1998 until 2005, when the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement was ratified. She currently works as the Secretary for Foreign Relations for the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). She has worked with Amnesty International, the UN World Food Programme and the UN Children’s Fund. Suzanne is the author of the book “Overcoming Gender Conflict and Bias: The Case of New Sudanese Women”.