Communities urged to promote gender equality
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
A youth group has called on the communities to prioritize gender equality among men and women in the country.
The group has embarked on campaign for gender equality under the name “Ninasawa” literally translated as “We are equal” that aims at fighting gender inequality at Mangateen Internally Displaced Persons camp in Juba.
The campaign was conducted by Active Citizen South Sudan through financial support from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) at the displaced camp targeting the IDPs and the host population of Mangateen, Munuki 107 in Juba.
“We need not to beat women and say ladies should stay in the house and boys to go to schools. No, we are all the same and equal,” said Angelina Stephen Ban, the Project officer at ACSS while presiding on gender equality campaign.
“If boys can go to school then the girl should also go, let’s not deceive ourselves that girls should only do household work,” she added.
Nyakong Gatluak, one of the young women in the camp said women were not granted equal rights as men in the communities.
She saidthey were considered as households workers without other work.
“All of us are actually equal and this is what our colleagues are trying to tell our communities today. So we need to understand that we are equal before God since we were created equally,” Nyakong explained.
Peter Gatduel, Monitoring and Evaluation officer at Active Citizen South Sudan said they were furthering the awareness for citizens to stop stereotyping on gender parity.
He said that at least over 16,000 households in Mangateen have been reached on the new campaign as well as other nearby areas to the site.
“We realize that South Sudan is a country whereby men see themselves as superior than women, and what we are telling people today is that all people are equal regardless of their races and gender,” Gatduel said
“All of us are actually equal and no body is superior than other as well as inferior to other,” he stated.
Though the natives do not know the imperative of gender equality in the socieities, Gatduel revealed the move will help the communities to understand the significant of gender equality.
“Before, we carry out this campaign; people did not know the information on gender equality but as we carry out this campaign, the community will get to understand that all people are equal regardless of their race and gender,” he said.
Gender relations in South Sudan have been shaped by the social and economic realities of being one of the least developing countries.
Gender based violence (GBV) has been one of the serious issue in the country as rape has continued to persist without actions taken against the perpetrators of the abuse.
Although women’s rights and gender equality is legally guaranteed, South Sudan is highly unequal society as women still face issues of inequality.