Awut Mayom Agok
Awut Mayom Agok, (Deborah) is one of eleven graduates from our first class in 2011, She has continued her education after graduation by working toward a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance degree at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and at IESEG School of Management in Paris, France. As a strong leader and role model, she also serves as the first female Chairperson for RUMYA, a youth union that advocates for peace and justice in South Sudan.
As an advocate for peace and gender equality, Deborah spoke to HRSS students about her work as the first female Chairperson for RUMYA (youth union). In her own words, she encouraged each student to remember:
"That educating the girl child makes a difference for an entire community, and not only their relatives but the extended neighborhood. Every girl must believe that girls are equal to boys."
"To give thanks to the teachers and that this school is the stepping stone to reach the furthest end."
When Deborah returned to HRSS to visit four years later, she stated that she was happy to see the school's growth from her class of only 4 young women to the current class of 93 female students in 2015.
Awut Mayom Agok (Deborah), the first female president of Rumbeck Youth Union, explains the symbolism in the Youth Union’s seal pictured to the right:
"The Candle inside reflects the change we are in right now as compared to the past years; a Lady carrying the pot on her head is our great ancestor named Akon Buoi, she represents the hard working ability of all women, as you could see a can carry 30-50 kgs of weight on her head while standing and talking with one who is carrying no weight. The man holding his weapons is a symbol for protection to the society against any harm. The two holdings represent Unity that all of us."
Deborah Awut is a sought-out speaker internationally on gender equity and peace and reconciliation in Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda and is presently an invited guest of the United States’ State Department. She has been invited to be part of a global conference in Washington DC, where politicians, government officials, political and NGO activists, community leaders, educators, scholars, and journalists will discuss and collaborate on peace initiatives led by women in violent and war-torn countries.
Featuring Awut Mayom Agok, 2011 HRSS graduate and 2018 School Adminstrator
Deborah Awut visited the United States in 2019 as an invited guest of the United States and was part of a three-week conference held in Washington DC; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; and San Diego, California to contribute to the US State Department’s global program, IVLP Women Leaders — Promoting Peace and Security. This conference showcases the vital role that women play in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity. Participants learn how women leaders and organizations are actively engaging in mediating disputes arising from political, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and regional differences. It examines how women are leading in interventions and negotiations to end international conflicts, and to promote and sustain peace. It explores women's awareness of the potential for violent conflict and the critical role they can play in preventing it. It also familiarizes participants with strategies for directing positive political, social, and economic change in a democratic society. Participants examine and share essential leadership skills needed to balance divergent social demands and interests when confronting political, social, and economic challenges; and to participate effectively in international forums to end conflict and sustain peace. Attendees included politicians, government officials, political and NGO activists, community leaders, educators, scholars, and journalists.