By Wek Atak Kacjang
The conversation was geared towards creating awareness on the need for gender equality as well as addressing the cases of sexual and gender-based violence and intimate partner violence in the communities.
“This is a call for both women and men to create impact through interaction and sharing ideas equally in the communities. If we are able todo this jointly, we can build equal societies free from gender-based violence as we discourage disparity,” said Peter Malir Biar, the Executive Director at Christian Agency for Peace and Development in South Sudan.
The event was conducted by Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD) in partnership with the Faith to Action Network in Nairobi.
At least interfaith leaders and women rights champions participated in the conversation in Juba. These included Islamic Council, Seventh Day Adventists, Pentecostal Church of South Sudan, Presbyterian Church and Episcopal Church of South Sudan.
Akech Evaline, Women and Children’s Director at the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) said the program was instrumental in bettering the communities.
“The discussion is very important in the sense that the topic being tackled is a common phenomenon in the communities. Now that this organization has come up to raise the eyebrow, itwill be of benefit to the entire communities, and the interfaith institutions,” she said during the event on Thursday in Juba.
“Through these specific topics that used to be sensitive in our settings, I believe it will concretely address the gap as it brings about a total change in the society. People will have to refrain from what they have been doing wrongly,” she added.
Jacob Mading Monywut, a participant Pastor at the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan described the discussion as useful and tremendous initiative for advocating truth in the faith-based institutions.
“This program is one of well and useful programs that I ever have attended, it is out letting the truth that are much hidden within the church and the communities,” he said.
“The truth is all about equality. People are denying equality and in the actually sense people are equal before God,” he added.
The pastor who was a participant during the training said that he believed the initiative has equipped them with the tools in order to fill the gaps within the Church and the community.
According to Mr.Mading, the message would be extended to the people through devotions and preaching in the Church.
The program would also enable the women champions to advocate for gender equality in the Church