Sarah Cleto Rial

International Human Rights and Peacebuilding; Human Rights Advocate; Girls and Women Leadership / Education; Peace and War

SARAH CLETO RIAL, 2014 Rotary Peace Fellow, a women human rights and humanitarian advocate, and recipient of the 2010 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, is a native of South Sudan, who heads up an unprecedented peacebuilding initiative, Sisterhood for Peace.  The initiative builds a network of women representing diverse regions, races, religions and ethnicities throughout South Sudan and Sudan at home and in the Diaspora.

Sarah has served as the program director of My Sister’s Keeper that focuses on women and girls’ empowerment and their role in building sustainable peace. She has been an advocate of women’s rights for more than twenty years and active in promoting women’s leadership. As a community organizer and leader, she has held positions with various community organizations in Sudan, Egypt, and currently very active in the Diaspora community in the United States. She is the founder and president of Global Partnership for Peace in South Sudan, a non-profit organization founded exclusively for civic, educational, and development purposes, and in particular for the purpose of engaging the South Sudanese communities across the globe to work collectively for dialogue, lasting peace, social justice, and gender equality, as well as respect of human rights.

Sarah holds a BSc. Degree in Statistics and Demography from Juba University, Sudan;

MA in Political Science – Professional Development from American University in Cairo, Egypt; and a Graduate Certificate on Women in Politics and Public Policy from University of Massachusetts, USA. She was awarded Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Leadership, Community Service, and was honored as one of the Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts in 2007.