WOMEN, Stand up for your rights

By Nema Juma

The Minister of Gender Child and Social Welfare, Jemma Nunu Nkumba has called on all women to unite and have solidarity among themselves adding that division would not help in the peace process.

She stressed that all women should work together to achieve all what they want to achieve in their lives.

She was speaking during a two day workshop that was organized by South Sudan women network for women to understand the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The Minister said experiences in the past show that women organization have been divided and added that those division among women should not continue saying they have the capacity to come together so that their voices can be hard.

“We have the capacity to come together so that our voices are hard and that is the only way we can succeed,” Nunu said.

She stated that the Ministry of Gender Child and social welfare will continue to support Women organizations in partnership with its partners and women movement that advocate for promotion of gender equality and empowerment of Women.

“We will jointly engage with all peace partners on the access to ensure women participation and also ensure that the provisions of Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS) are implemented,” Nkumba added.

She added that they have already written a letter to the parties of the R-ARCISS reminding them that “as they announce the formation of the government next month and nominating their candidate for appointment for president, they should remember that there is 35percent.

She added that the only party that has responded is South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and the other parties have not yet responded, or is it because she is a woman.

“It is the party that will nominate their own members, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement will also nominate their woman that is why for us to be nominated as women we must be active in the political activities,” Jemma said.

Meanwhile the chairperson of Women peace network Dolly Anek Odwong, said that the idea of the workshop was that all women should understand the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“We know that other women were signatories but the issue is that do women understand it all including those in the grassroots and the difference between Reconstituted Joint Monitoring Evolution Commission (RJMEC) and IGAD and its role,” Dolly said.

She stated that most of people think that the implementers are the RJMEC and IGAD, no; it is not them the implementers are the stake holders.

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