Communities advised to embrace gender equality

By James Atem Kuir

As the residents of Bor town in Jonglei state welcomed the ongoing   series of campaigns against tribalism and gender equality in the town, the youth are urging communities to avoid gender disparity across the country.

The campaign dubbed NINASAWA that literally means “we are the same” was meant to preach peace, gender equality and shun tribalism among the diverse communities living in Bor town and others.

“These kinds of awareness will enable the young people to cease from tribal oriented ideologies, instead, become the elements of transformation and development at their reach,” said Mary Achol who was reached by the campaign in Bor.

“This is because the communities are affected in one way or the other by tribalism and gender inequality. And with this campaign, I urge our communities to abide by and do the same for all,” she added.

While volunteers glue the Information Education Communication materials (IEC) materials, she noted that the Initiative would boost support for women and children despite odds in the communities.

The campaign was conducted by the Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD) through financial support of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).

Kiden Grace, Gender Coordinator at the Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD) said the campaign will build gender equal society.

“Firstly, it is fighting tribalism as well as eradicating this rampant hate speech based on tribes across the country. It will also bring all communities together so that they can coexist and realize peace among themselves,” she said.  

The gender coordinator explained that building gender equal societies should be a priority in the context of South Sudan.

“It contributes a lot; it helps to shape gender stereotypes and reflect on the women’s contributions in the communities,” she said.

“There are a lot of powerful women who are not being recognized but when we bridge these gaps, and promote gender equality then gender equity will be achieved as well as fighting other stereotypes that happen in the communities,” Kiden concluded.

David Garang Goch, the Chairperson of Jonglei State Civil Society Network said women and girls were parts of the society and should not be left behind.   

“When we leave women behind, the society will not be enjoyable; they are part of us and we need to boost their competencies,” he stated.

Mr. Goch added that it was undisputable that some women are now the breadwinners in the families during this pandemic period and he called on the communities and leaders to advance gender equity for all in the country.

Guot Kiir Guot, CAPaD’s Coordinator in Bor stressed the need to reconsider women in a fight against gender discrimination.

“We need to project women’s contribution in the communities. We need to gain knowledge and reflect what they have been doing especially raising children,” he concluded.

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