WOMEN Push for 35 percent affirmative action

By Wek Atak Kacjang

As the world celebrates the International Women Day with the focus on realizing women’s rights in South Sudan, the women are pushing for the implementation of the 35 percent affirmative actions.

The International Women’s Day was supposed to be celebrated yesterday but in South Sudan, the national celebration was pushed for today.

Today, the Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare will issue a statement about the day. Several events were planned with the focus on women and Human Rights.

The global theme for this year’s celebrations is “I am generating equality: Realizing women’s Rights” while for the National theme is “Each for equal: Implement the 35% affirmative Action for Peace and Development.”

There have been already celebrations at State and the institutional levels.

In northern Bahr el Ghazal, more than 400 women celebrated the International Women’s Day to mark a call for action to accelerating women’s equality.

On every 8th of March, the world celebrates the social economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The day aimed to help nations worldwide to eliminate discrimination against women.

Speaking during the celebration, Adut Tong, a representative of the women said the day helps women to gain full and equal participation in global development.

“Woman should have the freedom to make their own choice and claim their rights like men. Women’s movements have the power to change this discrimination and we all know that a woman can be part of the change. We want every woman and girl to realize the rights that are protected in Universal declaration of human rights,” Tong explained.

She continued that other kinds of work would not be possible without the generosity of both partners who make a significant contribution in the family.

Tong noted that there has been much progress in access to education but said its progress has been slow in improving the gender sensitivity of the education system for women.

She revealed that the key issue towards insuring gender equality during women day was the respect to maternity rights and reproductive rights of women.

Josephine Arek Lual said empowerment of women was the process that creates power for women over their own lives in society and communities.

 She said women are empowered when they are able to access the opportunities available for them without limitation.

“The violence against women often keeps women from wholly contributing to social economic and political development. Women are most often the victims of rape which is usually perpetrated by men known to them,”Lual said.  

The day is important to achievements and the emancipation of women as they cross the threshold of stigma and laden beliefs that have come down from ages.

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