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Calls for Empowerment to Achieve Gender Equality on International Women’s Day in Mundri

A vibrant procession, traditional dances, theatrical performances, and a multitude of individuals came together to observe the festivities of International Women’s Day in Mundri.

Coordinated by the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, with assistance from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian partners, the occasion was centered around the national theme of “Accelerate gender equality through inclusion and access to productive resources for women.”

Christine Sitty, the Chairperson of a women’s group in Mundri, was among the crowd gathered for the event. She emphasized the fundamental right of everyone to move freely without fear.

“While we feel secure in town, it is essential to have security when visiting our remote farms,” she remarked, highlighting the need for respect towards all women in South Sudan, particularly the significant population of widows and orphans.

In line with the significance of the day, South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Aya Benjamin Warile, expressed the importance of empowering girls and women for the attainment of gender equality.

“This occasion provides an opportunity for individuals and communities to understand the challenges faced by women, promoting collaborative efforts to address these issues. The theme for this year emphasizes the critical role of inclusion in achieving gender equality, calling for the breaking down of barriers and the creation of environments where all women are valued and respected,” she affirmed.

Representing the UN, Anita Kiki Gbeho, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for UNMISS, and Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, reiterated the organization’s dedication to supporting initiatives that enhance women’s meaningful inclusion and representation, particularly in political and peacebuilding processes.

“Women’s involvement in the peace process is crucial for lasting peace. It is imperative for South Sudan to ensure the participation of women in the formulation of a permanent constitution and to provide them with the civic and political space as outlined in the revitalized peace agreement. Measures must be taken to guarantee a minimum of 35 percent political representation,” she urged.

Press release distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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