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Gender inequality gap narrowing

Prof. Jacob Dut Chol (L) and Oudrey Bottjen (R) during public lecture at

Catholic University yesterday (courtesy photo)

By Kitab A Unango

A Professor at the University of Juba has said the gap in gender inequality was gradually narrowing among South Sudanese societies.

Dr. Jacob Dut Chol, Associate Professor of International and Cooperative Politics at the University of Juba said that women before were not appointed to the top leadership positions adding that the concept has been changed slowly in the country.

“Masculine dominance was a critical issue in South Sudan. Women were not given chance to perform as men. We have seen that a little change has happened. Women are now able to speak as we can see in the traditional bench court now,” Dr. Dut said.

He made the remarks while delivering public lecture on gender identity and historical change in South Sudan at Catholic University yesterday.

Dut pointed out that urbanization and migration have contributed to the positive change in the concept of gender in South Sudan, especially among Nilotic groups.

He said other negative changes came as a result of urbanization migration and violation of human rights such as raping of women that did not exist among South Sudanese societies.

“The value system of South Sudanese communities, in the traditional societies, rape was not part of the war,” he said.

The lecture was part of a four day lectures at Institute for Justice and Peace Studies at Catholic University of South Sudan to discuss the role of women in peace building.

The lecture was attended by students of various institutions of higher learning in South Sudan, government officials and members of civil society organizations as well as members of the public.

The four-day lectures will look at historical changes on gender identities, intergenerational perspectives on women involvement in peacemaking, comparative perspectives on gender in post-conflict situation and practice-based perspectives on justice.

On her part, Oudrey Bottjen, Director of Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility pointed out that women have critical roles to play in bringing lasting peace in the country adding that they should be allowed to participate in peace process.

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