Speaking ahead of International Women’s Day Celebration
By Khamis Cosmas Lokudu.
The International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8th March. This event comes after the women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917. The globe celebrated the international Working Women’s day following a victory of great women who fought against the odds and today in our society women enjoy their full rights because of the struggle of those Women who protested against their poor working condition in the garment factory in America. The theme for international women’s day 2019 is “Think Equal, build smart and innovate for change.”
Speaking ahead of the celebration this coming Friday, Miss Grace John Kenyi CEPO’s Governance Manager said, the International Women day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure, grace added. She expanded her statement saying the achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of Women and girls in the community.
According to Grace, South Sudan as a country needs to invest in innovation and technology that will remove barriers and accelerate progress for gender equality, encourage investment in gender-responsive social systems, and build services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls. She also lamented that they want to see their ideas and experiences to influence the design and implementation of the innovations that are intended to shape the future societies.
Grace appealed to the leadership of South Sudan for gender balanced government in the next formation of the government given the available opportunities granted to the Women in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan-ARCISS, she concluded by saying I would like to call our leaders to build a gender-balanced country through ensuring meaningful involvement and participation of women in decision making.