Gender Ministry, WFP Sign Cooperation MoU
WFP country Director Adnan Khan (L) and acting Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Nadia Arop (R) signs the MoU on 16/07/2018: (Photo by Gabriela Vivacqua WFP):
By David Mono Danga
The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate and collaboration on mutual interests.
The core goal of the MoU is to promote gender equality, social justice, and safeguard the rights and welfare of women, children, persons with disability and other vulnerable groups with a vision to contribute towards attainment of a just, peaceful, inclusive and equitable society.
Dr. Nadia Arop, the acting Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare asked WFP to also provide tools and seeds for people in refugee and internally displaced camps to farm and produce their own food.
“The new strategy to empower women will motivate the citizens. They say when you empower a woman, you empower the nation,” Dr. Arop said.
“In South Sudan we don’t have people who can be called poor because we are used to hard work. In our culture we have never had a record of hunger if not for the conflict. Our people are strong enough to produce for themselves,” she explained.
Meanwhile, WFP Country Representative, Adnan Khan said WFP has always been seized with gender equality, social protection, empowerment of women and girls’ issues.
He said the parties needed to address structural drivers of food insecurity in order to achieve the Zero Hunger goal.
“Gender equality and empowerment of women are central to ending hunger as well as in changing and saving lives,” Khad added.
He noted that for South Sudan to get rid of hunger, the country needed changes to redistribute power among women and men.
Mr. Khan reiterated that with the MOU, they would develop and implement effective and empowering interventions where women, men, girls and boys would benefit from food assistance programmes.
“Women and girls will have increased power in decision making regarding food security and nutrition in the households, communities and societies,” Khan said.
He also revealed that WFP shall invest in new technologies and innovation to improve the ways in which national and state level biometric registration processes of vulnerable populations may be coordinated, captured and utilized to support a single registry.
According to the MOU, the South Sudan Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP) (2018-2020, WFP will provide nutrition-sensitive food assistance to crisis-affected populations including school meals to fill critical food gaps for school age children in food-insecure areas and food assistance to refugees.
WFP will also provide nutrition assistance to populations at risk of malnutrition which will include children, pregnant and lactating mothers; provide livelihood support and build resilience of rural households.
The government would, in turn underpinned by the commitment to uphold and protect the rights based legal and policy framework, equality before the law and access to justice for all without any discrimination based on gender, disability, age, religion, ethnicity, or any other social attributes.