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Machar urges South Sudan women to be at the helm of the ship and on the captain’s bridge


March 10, 2011 (JUBA) – The Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has urged women in the region to push for girl-child education and to be proactive in public life including in the private sector.

Machar made the key note speech on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March 2011, which was celebrated in Juba under the theme:, “Equal Access to Education, Training, Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women.”

Hundreds of women delegates from all the ten states of South Sudan converged at Nyakuron Culture Center to commemorate the day and express their vision for women across the region. 20 women, 2 from each state, were honoured during the occasion for their tremendous achievements in their respective states.

Machar, who was the Guest of Honour of the event, said the South has had inspirational women who made it to universities half a century ago and encouraged them to continue being inspirational. “We have many inspirational women in our history. Let me mention one particularly inspirational example, that of Victoria Yar Arol, who was the first woman graduate from the south at the University of Khartoum in the 1960s.”

GOSS Vice President said the government has come up with a policy of promoting women membership in the governance. He said the interim constitution "requires all levels of governance in Southern Sudan to ensure at least 25% representation to redress the imbalances created by history, customs and traditions."

Machar underscored that feminine membership has increased from 25% to 28.5% in the recent Elections in both legislature and executive bodies. He further said Southern Sudan now ranking in the top ten African countries in terms of Women’s representation in Parliament.

In Executive Leadership positions, "Women now form twenty percent of Ministers, but just one in ten of our State Governors. We now have one third of our Undersecretaries who are women," he added.

Machar said improving women’s access to education is key to equitable development opportunities for women.

He pledged to include ambitious targets for gender equity for the post independence period in order to ensure women participation at all levels of South Sudan’s institutions and build a strong nation.

“Ladies and gentlemen, as we move forward to draft our South Sudan Development Plan for the period 2011-1013, as well as finalising our National Vision 2040 to guide our future process of nation-building, we must ensure that we set ambitious targets for gender equity, he said.

Adding "For it is only when we enable women to be at the helm of the ship, on the captain’s bridge, as well as in the engine room, that we will truly see strong national progress, based on an inclusive developmental process which recognises the equal rights of all citizens, and takes bold action to address existing social and economic inequities, most especially those related to gender."


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  • 11 March 2011 09:54, by Historical Boy!

    Women of South Sudan bravo.

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    • 11 March 2011 19:51, by original sudanese

      How about North Sudan Women?
      No respect?

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      • 12 March 2011 07:52, by onlysonmabi

        what is your concern with the north, are you still having link with them? is it your own link or officially

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  • 11 March 2011 17:34, by AbuDeng

    "For it is only when we enable women to be at the helm of the ship, on the captain’s bridge, as well as in the engine room, that we will truly see strong national progress, based on an inclusive developmental process which recognises the equal rights of all citizens, and takes bold action to address existing social and economic inequities, most especially those related to gender." (GoSS VP Machar)

    I hear what is being said by our GoSS government - but as many worldwide have heard, the demotion of a highly-qualified woman as one of only three GoSS Deputy Principal Officers in Norway shows that this talk of equality, 25 or 28% is only talk (Note: they couldn’t even appoint one as a PLO?).

    The former Nordic Deputy PLO Regina Gai has a law degree (master’s level) from Europe plus work experience in a foreign ministry and a 6 month course in administration from a Western European university, speaks Juba/classic Arabic, Norwegian and English plus some of our native Southern languages like Nuer, Shilluk.

    The replacement Nordic Dep PLO’s qualifications cannot match Madam Gai’s graduate education level, Foreign Ministry-related work experience or language skills, but is an in-law of the Nordic PLO and lives in his house when he is in Norway. Prior to the demotion of Ms. Gai, her replacement spent most of his GoSS appointment time at his home in Sweden (it’s validated in the evidence), but still received a GoSS salary (we are talking about him spending maybe apprx. 2 weeks in his designated office in Norway from Nov 2010 to Feb 2011) - the rest of the time elsewhere in another country!

    Now, if qualifications and skill matter Ms. Gai would still be doing the "wonderful" job the PLO said about her work. But it seems having a person like Ms. Gai who will hold one accountability for fraud, unprofessional behaviour, and showing up at work on time (or at all)- such things make for negative qualifications at GoSS or GoSS Nordic in this case.

    Our women are trying to serve with dignity, honour and professionalism, but the old ways still exist in the South.

    For the shocking facts of Ms Regina Gai’s case, which exposes the poor state of organisation/administration at MRC and the GoSS chronic issues of corruption & nepotism, see her submitted Appeal dossier of 77 pages, plus support evidence which should be available under freedom of information in Juba.

    (Be warned if you do not want the truth, don’t read this dossier, for it contains facts, statements, figures, legal evidence of various kinds to prove illegal, unethical and unprofessional acts occurred at high and low levels in Ms Gai’s case, in violation of GoSS, MRC and International rules and standards.)

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