Why women are still politically marginalized

By Daniel Ngong Diing

Of course to be human is God’s choice and to be in the different sex bracket is not a personal choice but almighty’s creation. This implies that not only women are having feelings towards matters that affect their surrounding but also has interest on how to participate in resolving. If not appropriately embraced, it’s unjust to them.

First and foremost, marginalization of women is a co-pair of gender inequality which grabs them off the sense of humor on how to express their views and be part of the decision making in any strong matter. This is likely to affect the growing future generation of the same gender in South Sudan.

Secondly the act of attaching failures of any woman heading an institution to generalized gender incapability is unjust, for instance the unsuccessfulness of the Ministry of Health in the recent days has to be attributed to the incapability of women leadership, which is generalization. In my perception the blame should go to the entire Ministry not the head only. In reality, who has failed, the woman or the whole Ministry?

In addition, when women are in power they are always forcefully subjected to resignation. This was witnessed in Warrap State, the era of former governor who was a woman. The act against her wasn’t close to impeachment but she was being de-campaigned as woman leadership in Warrap by then. Such an act is a denial of one’s own decision making and expressions of her views and capacity. This is always unfair to any political leader to disrespect gender and denied them empowerment.

Lastly, the discouraging talk going on whether the women should be appointed into gubernatorial positions or not in the upcoming power sharing by the concerned  politicians seems to be limited. The public and concerned personnel have been expressing their opinions parties to the agreement to consider women appointment in the States gubernatorial slots. The habit of having men dominance at the States as governors for decades is in contrast with women involvement in the politics, capable women should be identified and given chance as governors. There has been women de-campaigning from quarters of politicians who don’t want women progress in politics and proving their capabilities in leading States better than men. Therefore, I proposed the dominance cycle of men in political leadership should be broken.

I advise the country leadership to address women political issues that affecting gender participation in the country and create a conducive environment for women politics. To me this will be a gift from parties to agreement to South Sudanese in nominating women into governorship positions as women political empowerment. I wish South Sudan everlasting peace and a prosperous nation.

The writer can be reached at 092222388 or e-mail ngonglloris@gmail.com

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