Empowering women economically in a country is of great importance to factual development starting from the domestic to international standard. This has been proved beyond doubt in some of the developed and developing countries of the world. Reasons being, most women bear the burden of motherhood and consider it their duty to have dirt free background. They fear being dented or being associated with shortfalls in their management. Women have the family welfare at heart and are always affected when conflicts occur. As a Nation we have the duty of involving our women in key decision making so that they can give their contribution based on family and national needs. It has been argued in some quarters that; a woman’s place is in the kitchen. This notion is for the past which must be left behind. It is true some of our own communities still have the belief that women cannot manage the affairs of the country and should just stay at home. This belief should not be encouraged and should be brought to an end. We are encouraged to provide equal education for our children both girls and boys. It will be meaningless for a country to provide equality and at the end have some of these young people, actually, female end up in the house without giving back to the society and contributing to its own development with acquired skills. While they will be bringing up their own families, this should not be the full stop where they end. Those pursuing professional line should be encouraged to come back home and apply their knowledge for the future betterment of the country. This is the line all of us should take. Empowerment means giving knowledge, not money. Empowerment means participating in development activities, not remaining idle in the house. Empowerment means moving forward with the current affairs and development agenda, not taking behind stage. Women should learn to compete effectively with their male counterparts in matters of national interests and should not sit and think that empowerment will only come through cash. No empowerment is a combination of many ingredients, which eventually lead to empowering the pocket.


Topical Commentary

With Odongo Odoyo


For some time now, certain cliques have painted the Government with negative colour which does not exist in the colour index over the human rights violations. Reports from the so called Western Human Rights Watch have heard field day with reports claiming all kind of accusations. These reports have been magnified in their sympathizing media house. Nothing good has ever been said of us and it is as if nothing good will ever come from us. Now that the Government has admitted of some of these violations what will the West and their agents write about? The government through Justice Minister, Paulino Unango Wanawilla agreed that in our situation there are cases of violation which were receiving top attention from the government and some cases have been properly addressed through the law of the land. Coming back from an international Human Rights meeting held in Geneva recently, the Minister did not shy away from the realty and admitted these case have happened but the Government had taken the center stage of addressing them to the final conclusion. It tells the world that when and while the human agencies reports were being circulated, the Government under President Salva Kiir was already addressing these issues and giving it the maximum attention it deserved. The question is, why magnify these issues? In any situation the world over, such reports are always there although to some extent isolated. Burden of proof is always with the accusers. In this case, the many mushrooming human rights agencies. Mushrooming because their intention is to continue getting the “green buck” from their masters. Mushrooming because they will be jobless if they do not shout the loudest to be heard. We like taking precaution in every situation and until one really understands his or her surroundings, they must be weary and careful of what they are giving out for public consumption. Minister Wanawilla came out and made the position and situation very clear that the Government was addressing reported cases of human rights abuse. He cautioned that those affected should not run and report these cases to foreign interests, but use the local organs of the government to have their issues addressed effectively. This is the right way to do things through a sovereign state. This is what those aggrieved should do, not going outside the border. This time SaPT was totally in agreement with us and did not open his mouth but kept on nodding as we discuss this national issue which had touched our hearts and which we were sure had received appropriate attention from the Government. This is why our concern should be geared towards promoting peace through the National Dialogue.

Socrates quotes

“Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.”

“He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.”

“Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.”

“Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”


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