Gov’t vows to empower women

Director General for Gender and child Welfare, Regina Ossa Lullo
By Mandela Nelson Denis
The Ministry of Gender is ready to empower women in many ways, Regina Ossa Lullo the Director General for Gender and Child Welfare has said.
She made the remarks during the launch of South Sudan fellowship programme hosted by UNITAR in Juba yesterday.
Lullo emphasized that, sending children to school and ending child marriages to enable all girls to reach University are among other ways the government can empower women.
She added that Child Act also punishes parents who send their children for early marriage before the age of 18 years.
Lullo reiterated that her ministry has embarked on empowering women through advocacy, to ensure that girls are kept in school to end child marriages.
The Director General stressed that, child marriage is common in very many communities in the country; however, she said this need efforts of inter-ministerial gender technical committee to streamline gender in government.
Funmi Balogun, Country Director of UN Women said, capacity building is another way through which the UN Women is empowering South Sudanese women.
“We are empowering women through capacity building and many other ways so that, the women can empower other fellow women,” Balogun said.
The UNITAR South Sudan fellowship is a six-month-long programme which directly impart knowledge, skills and attitudes of junior-mid-career level that include public sectors, civil society organization, private sector and academic intuitions.
Participants known as “fellows”, are trained to be able to identify local needs and national priorities, then successfully design and implement projects to address them in ways that will help shape their nation’s path towards sustainable recovery and development.

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