20 March 2013

South Sudan: Madam Rebecca Nyandeng Urges Women to Prioritise Agriculture

press release

Juba — The Presidential Advisor on Gender and Human Rights Madam Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior has challenged South Sudanese women to prioritise agriculture for commercial and subsistence purposes.

Addressing women during the International Women's Day in Bor she said that agriculture has great commercial potential. She explained that she earned SSP 400,000 in three months from agriculture. She said that this is lucrative compared to her monthly salary of about SSP 10,000.

Madam Rebecca also challenged mothers to support girl-child education. She said that educating one girl is an investment in the development of a community. She said that better education will equip girls to participate more effectively in nation building. She explained that it is only educated girls who can make impact in the national assembly and other constitutional positions.

These sentiments were echoed by the national minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Hon Agnes Kwaje Lasuba. She emphasized that this year's theme for the women's day celebrations is education for women and girls.

On his part, the Jonglei State Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk the state authorities are working to take education to the lowest levels. He said that the state government will work with the national government to ensure that all children, especially the girl-child, get access to quality education in all parts of the state. He also said the state government is dealing with insecurity so that the people can live in peace.

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