SPLM state secretariat to uphold gender quality

By Mabor Riak Magok
The SPLM secretariat in Western Lakes State has vowed to uphold to the 35 percent women representation.
Mangar Matoc Machar, SPLM secretary for political organization said they would ensure that 35 percent of women’s share in political and economy was implemented in the next state government formation.
He praised the women for their participation in the political struggle during the 21 year civil war which led to the independence.
“The ruling SPLM party in Western Lakes State will ensure that the 35 percent was implemented in all organs of the government in the state,” he said.
Matoc made the pledge during the celebration of International Women’s Day in Rumbek Town last Friday under the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
The event was attended by United Nations agencies, national NGOs and the state government officials.
The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Sub Cluster representative in Western Lakes State, Mary Mathon said women’s recognition by the world came through hard work.
She urged the women to be prepared and work along sidemen for better to improve their living conditions in the country.
Doris Maholo Saydee, a UNMISS Gender Affairs officer said gender equality and women’s right were fundamental to global progress on peace, security and sustainable development,
“We can only build global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices by promoting the rights and dignity of all,” Ms. Saydee said
She said gender equality according to the United Nations was a fundamental question of power, adding that women often live in a male dominated world.
Ms. Saydee continued men tend to dominate everything including cultures. She said when men start seeing women’s rights as their common objective it would be the route to change that benefits everyone.
The Director for Gender of Western Lakes state Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Alewia Enock Machiek urged the government to effectively implement the 35 percent women representation in public institutions.
“We appreciate our President Salva Kiir Mayardit for supporting the 35 percent women’s representation. This is a great achievement and recognition of the women’s rights in South Sudan,” she said.
She stressed that without women’s participation there would be no any development.
Achol Kumthok, a member of parliament in Western Lakes State Legislative Assembly said the 35 percent given to women by the Revitalized-Peace Agreement was not out of blank but through struggle.
She urgedall women groups including widows, women farming groups and those in politics to share the 35 percent fairly during the upcoming Revitalized-Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU).

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