The Citizen (Juba)

9 March 2012

South Sudan: National Ministers Join Wau Women in Celebration

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Women from all over Côte d'Ivoire gather to celebrate International Women's Day.

Wau — The National Ministers of Gender , Child and Social Welfare Agnes Kwaje Lasuba, Housing and Physical Planning Jemma Nunu Kumba, Agriculture and Forestry Betty Achan and the Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mining Elizabeth Majok along with several Ministers of States and Legislators join together in Western Bahr El Ghazal on Thursday to celebrate International Women Day 8th of March annually.

Addressing hundreds of thousands women and men in Western Bahr El Ghazal State who poured out to commemorate the International Women Day, the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Agnes Kwaje Lasuba appreciated the State for hosting the 1st Women Day after the country gained its independence.

The government of South Sudan has decided to celebrate this important day in Wau to make difference because it is the first time women are celebrating it in an independent nation in order to mark that "all South Sudanese both men and women struggle together to attain this political independence, said Lasuba.

The celebration will rotate annually until we cover all the ten States, she said pointing that the objective is to build state to state solidarity, adding that 8th of March 2012 marks the first year of 99 years to come marking women's struggle for emancipation, said Lasuba.

"We the women and the girls in South Sudan join our sisters worldwide in the celebration and we are hereby saying loud and clear that, "you men eliminate discrimination against women," treat them as equally partners, stop marginalization, oppression, subordination and abuse of women, make the world a peaceful place with justice, democracy and equality for both women and men, she pointed.

Lasuba said that the global theme is "empowering rural women ending hunger" and the national theme for South Sudan as a country is "women working together to end violence", these are very big and challenging responsibilities placed upon women.

She urged all women across South Sudan to embark on unity and peace making process meanwhile footing equally with men for the building of the nation.

Betty Achan Minister of Agriculture warned women that celebrating of this historic day doesn't meant that it is a punishment of men but appreciation to the role of women in every society.

Much violence against women takes place in agriculture such as ignorance to take women in agricultural extensive training and issues that are side-lining them in agriculture activities as violence, she said. Achan added that a hungry women is an angry woman and men can work to avoid that.

She pledged that the Ministry of Agriculture would work hard to ensure that women are equally empowered with men in agricultural activities especially rural women and urged them to form cooperative societies in order for government to help them.

The Minister of Housing and Physical Planning Jemma Nunu Kumba expressed that South Sudanese women should be proud of the new identity and the massive boost of participation in all country leadership.

"We are a free South Sudanese women, a freedom that was achieved because we are part and parcel of the struggle alongside our men and that is why I was chosen to be the first woman governor in the country followed by elected woman governor of Warrap Nyandeng Malek, said Kumba.

She warned against teachers who turn to impregnate school girls and urged such to be brought to the court of law as well as those involved in Jonglei crisis that left many women exposedto extreme insecurity.

"We shall strive to raise the standard of our women in all different spheres of human society urging women to have a defined role in South Sudan as an independent nation, she added.

The Governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal Rizik Zakaria Hassan hailed the government of South Sudan for the decision of choosing his State as the first to celebrate Women Day after independence of South Sudan.

He assured that the government of State will do all the best possible way to ensure that women have equal access to all different positions in the government and the private sector.

The Governor donated 10 tailoring machines to the Western Bahr El Ghazal Women Association group.

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