The Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan (MW4WSS, known as W4W) was established in 2011.
W4W members are primarily South Sudanese women and Canadian allies living in North America. They come from various ethnic backgrounds and work together with the interest of all the women of South Sudan at heart. All agree to address the destruction of the Long War and historical struggles and work together to build a brighter future for all South Sudanese people, embedded in cultural values and respect for democracy in South Sudan.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
Our mission is to enable and strengthen the efforts and the capacities of the most marginalized and vulnerable women in Manitoba, Africa, and around the world by providing opportunities and promoting their educational, healthcare, economic and social status of all women to attain gender equality and human rights.
We envision a just world in which, every woman regardless of background, race or ethnicity attains gender equality and human rights to reach her full potential.
Meet Our Team
Elizabeth Aluk Andrea
Elizabeth Aluk is a co-founder and chairperson of MW4WSS. In her community, she was a former executive for the Sudanese People Liberation Movement Chapter in Manitoba. Experienced in the civil war in South Sudan, as the mother and grandmother, she demonstrates a strong advocate for women and children's rights and promotes peacebuilding.
Co-Founder & Past President
Arek Manyang is a co-Founder and first president of Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan INC. (MW4WSS). She served as MW4WSS’ president from its inaugural year in 2011 until early 2016. Arek was born in South Sudan and immigrated to Canada in 1998. In 2003 Arek obtained her Applied Counselling Certificate from Red River College in Winnipeg and in 2019 she completed her undergraduate studies from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Rights.
Arek is a community activist and dedicated to being an advocate and ally for marginalized communities in Winnipeg. Arek has been with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Community Mental Health Program for over 12 years, providing recovery-oriented support to clients in their goals of finding suitable, affordable, and safe housing. She is also entering her 15th year as a Cultural Facilitator with the Manitobans Possible.
My name Yvonne Aiyeh a Ghanaian from Kaleo, based in Winnipeg, Canada. I am an Accountant, Payroll Administrator, and a Teacher with many years of experience. I am a graduate of CDI College, Winnipeg MB, graduate of University for development studies in Ghana. I became volunteer for Manitoba Women for women of South Sudan Inc. in August 2020 and later a board member and financial Secretary for the Organization in October 2020. I enjoy helping and giving my services to help humanity and community. I am inspired by Faith in God as a Christian and by my children. In my free time, I like to listen to gospel music, play video games with my Daughter or take a Walk down the street.
My name is Susan Thon, and I am from British Columbia, Canada. I work for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and have been with the company for 4 years. I work in Retail Banking and Account Management. In my free time, I enjoy reading African Literature and believe that In learning our history, we can begin to reshape the African narrative. I am looking forward to serving as Secretary Treasurer for W4W and using my platform to advocate for the women within our communities who are marginalized and to help give them the necessary tools to feel empowered.
My name is Sandy Deng. I am the General Secretary and a co-founder of Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan. I am a mother of four, two boys and two girls. I am a Registered Social Worker and I have worked in Social services for over 15 years in the city of Winnipeg. It has been my passion to work with many communities over the years to address systemic racism,injustice and to advocate for Black, Indigenous, people of color and other marginalized groups. I dream of a world that is free from inequality and racial discrimination.
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Meet The Team
My name is Khadijat Oyewole, and I am a graduate of fort Richmond collegiate. I am from the western part of Nigeria.
I love to read and communicate with people, and I also like to volunteer to different organizations in other to gain more experience and build my advocacy and career.
I am the Youth VP for W4W. My favorite weather is fall and spring.
My name is Achol Obeing, I am from Makakal South Sudan. I am a full-time student, motivated by my love for learning and succeeding as I strive to become an outstanding woman in today's society.
I have volunteered much time in the community and looking forward to making a difference and I am the Vs president for the women for women of South Sudan.
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