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S. Sudan women hold leadership conference

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By Isaac Vuni

May 27, 2009 (JUBA) – The second Women’s Association Conference in South Sudan was inaugurated today at Juba Bridge Hotel under the theme “better organized, more effective.”

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A women’s conference in Juba on May 27, 2009

The women representatives from ten states of south Sudan are scheduled to elect their new chairperson after passing the new constitution tomorrow.

The region’s “first lady,” Mary Mayardit, appreciated women coming together to take leadership, especially in the private sector as the Government of Southern Sudan could not afford to offer money to every southern Sudanese.

She added in her remarks at the event that her door is open to any women for advice and consultation that will enhance development of southern Sudan.

Other speakers at the event focused on mobilization for the election scheduled for February 2010. In her opening remarks, Minister of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs H.E. Mary Kiden Kimbo said they had started mobilizing women since November last year in order to become more effective on all levels, from boma, payam and county to state and national levels.

Minister Kiden noted the high number of women who die during childbirth and appealed to international actors to plan for a longer program in southern Sudan that will not put women in difficulties as some NGOs have run away and left women to suffer at the mercy of God.

She said the lack of boarding schools is hindering female education and that there is an urgent need to build at least one female boarding school per state as women constitute 65% of Sudan’s population. The gender imbalance is said to be biggest in the south, where insurgents emerged in control through 22 years of civil war.

Kiden cited the role of women in the civil war, pointing Captain Noume Arona who lost her life in Kapueta as a veteran fighter.

Likewise, Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mrs. Awut Deng Acuil, reminded women to remember their fallen and living martyrs for achieving sovereignty but cautioned that they must first unit. She remarked that southerners are capable of governing themselves as they did for the last 22 years of struggle and are still capable even after the peace agreement, and she urges women to take serious political decision whether to be independent or remain under the same united Sudan.

Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. James Wani Igga, who spoke on behalf of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, today urged women to know themselves and evaluate how politically they would be empowered to unite before the coming general election scheduled for February 2010 and the referendum in 2011.

He elucidated that there are some cheap men of southern Sudan dividing southerners because of greediness and appealed to marginalized women to unite and vote out those confusing men who nourishes only the politics of survival.

He asserted to them that what happened in Yei — where some members of SPLM/A almost fought each other for official positions — should not repeat itself again.

Referring to the recently released population census result, the speaker accused that those who conducted Sudan’s fifth population and Housing census might have done it under influence of beer delivering statistically wrong data that indicate women number less then men.

“If only one southern chief could marry more than fifty wives, how could women be less than men? Why should the southern population be restricted to only 8.26 million — are the southerners not capable of producing?” posed the Speaker.

He said women must up rise for their rights and be empowered economically by giving them loans to start businesses while discouraging culture that discriminates them from inheriting land and properties.

Wani further reminded women that it was SPLM who brought the minimum 25% representation to women as a compulsory right at all levels of governments institutions besides being allowed also to compete with men in the remaining posts. Though other political parties have also adopted SPLM’s policy of affirmative action for women, he said, if one’s party fails to give one rights, it is better to defect to SPLM, pleaded the speaker.

The Speaker disclosed that registration will start on June 2, 2009 and nominations will start in September while voting kicks off from February 6, 2010.

Meanwhile, GOSS Minister of Internal Affairs Paul Mayom emphasized that all citizens of southern Sudan are stakeholders especially women who know their men better than police officers when it comes to identifications of criminals.

Rebecca De Mabior, widow of the founder of the SPLM/A, explained that they had left Bor on May 16, 1983 and never wanted to get out of Sudan but she was compelled to accept going to Itang for security reasons of her husband. While at Itang, there were 139 female fighters mostly from Bor, though they were disorganized.

On August 19, 1985, the wife of late Dr. Garang called for a formal meeting to elect their leader who should be ready to do carry out the job of serving all southern Sudanese women irrespective of their ethnicity and creeds; Fatima Nyawang was the first women leader elected from Itang camp and she was advised to be ready for any challenges including insults.

Today she is being used by the SPLM/A women’s association as a role model. “But you should know that to be a wife of a guerrilla leader is very difficult. Zanab Mangok felt and became disabled because she went to support her husband in front line,” said De Mabior.

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  • 28 May 2009 07:27, by Lokang

    "Stand up, stand up for your right"

    No bull no bias, time has come for sons and daughters of Motherland South Sudan people to act and serve themselves. There is no better tomorrow than today. I believe the involvement of women in that corrupt system of government will help exposed the presence of corruption.

    As dictum goes, "behind every successful man there is a women". Leadership should not be views as man task other than join venture. I hope sooner or later to hear that one of our lady is contesting for the presidency. Let us all take part in this journey of developemnt, then our children and grandchildren will have a place to call home.

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    • 28 May 2009 10:39, by Hillary B.M.L,M

      Southern Sudan Women should show themselves up because men have or almost failing us, let them not be also like those who Igga quoted as "nourishes only the Politics of survival".
      Be diligent Women, create a clear Agenda, encourage all Women in South Sudan and teach them to understand the current oriented World. My tips to you is, don’t be partial like your Husbands.

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  • 28 May 2009 08:50, by da Vinci

    If this leadership conference is held without dinka’s women we can call it a success because they the source to every evil in south sudan. i.e. they gave birth to their evil sons who go along stealing and robbing public funds.
    Can you just imagine the recent incidence that took place in juba where a huge amount of money was recovered in a deep freezer?? Is it a really mother that gave birth to such a person who acts as such, therefore he got it from his mother.
    DOWN WITH DINKAS THEREFORE I CALL UPON GENOCID ON DINKA AND THIS SHOULD TAKE EFFECT AS SOON AS POSIBLE!!!

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    • 28 May 2009 09:37, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Hey Mr Da Vinci,

      Who is better between Dinkas people and Bangledesh People?
      Can you recalled back what Bangledesh people did to Equatorian man in year 2008? I don’t wants to go further, but answer my question first before I comment if you doesn’t know what I’m talking about. No matter of what, Dinkas has to be Dinkas. There is nothing you can do. If you wants, take your gun and fight Dinkas people striaght instead of fighting with your SMELL MOUTH WHICH YOU USE TO EAT SNAKES, FROGS, CATS, SNAILS, DOGS, DONKEYS AS WELL AS ARMY WORMS, LOCUSTS, EARTHWORMS AND BUGS.

      You better mind your own Big ASS anyway!!!!!!!!!!.

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      • 28 May 2009 11:59, by thon anyaar

        da vinci or whatever name you called yourself, the genocide that your are calling on Dinka will never affect any single Dinka but instead will boomerang you.instead of the whole Dinka, can you and me face one another either at your mother’s house or at any public place in Juba here? me i don’t talk shit but action.
        call me +249122537893. or mention the date and place so that we can see the manhood! tell me your whereabout. i am tired of these shits by you guys.
        Dinka is one of the tribes in sudan and will remain there for life.
        preach hatered and the problem in the south will prolong and monority will suffer.go on let’s see.
        don’t forget to call me, vinci!

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  • 28 May 2009 09:02, by Bior-raandu

    Bravo dear mothers,

    Your contributions during the war time shall be remembered.
    You had been suffering, preparing food for the soldiers,washing clothes,taking care of red army, especially feeding and besides that, some of you joined frontline,this made your history not to be forgotten.

    My advice to you is that, some of you are holding good positions and your husbands are the leaders of today, you need to give them very productive advice for us to reap this fruit( CPA ). Remember, the adivce given by woman at 3:00-4:00am ( pillow’s advice ) can not be ignored and that is the best time to give piece of adivice to them when you need it. Wish you good health in that conference

    By the boy whose people like his future.

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  • 28 May 2009 09:19, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    If our mothers of Southern Sudan, make it possible to carry their Unity in the way they did it, then it will be something very nice indeed. I really appreciated what they are doing and I hope Almighty God will help them in whatever so far they needs to do in order to make their Unity Strong and Strong enough. Keep up ladies, mothers of Southern Sudan. NO UNITY SHALL BE MADE IN THIS WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN!!!.

    BY AUGUSTINO DENG

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    • 28 May 2009 09:38, by Lokorai

      Dear sisters and mothers,

      You are wasting your precious time and energy under this leadership of a sitting duck named as Kiir Mayardit; stand and rally behind Dr. Machar who will really make a meaningful changes in the leadership for the people of Southern Sudan.

      Mr. Kiir administration is irredeemable and only good for nothing; its us to remove it quickly when his head and that of his brigades are still in the plates eating.

      The young Mayardit is the new Juba millionaire and guards from Awan Chan and Malwal Giirnyang mainly are getting richer building and buying land everywhere around our land and even in other lands; their children in top schools in Europe and elsewhere outside our land, is there hope under this dead wood leadership? Certainly not!

      Please ladies join others; Dr. Machar is the man at the moment we must give our ultimate support and may Almighty God heal our land under him!

      Lokorai

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  • 28 May 2009 11:08, by RAHELA GARANG

    Hello there everyone,
    I would call that a very good move regardless of who is who in Sudan. It is time for women to get together, and do what they can in order to empower the young generation who feel they are nothing. I am very proud of those women up there, they are looking cool and really determined. The minimal contribution we can do towards that project is to stand behind them and support them. I don’t care who comes from what part of Sudan I do believe in what is right.

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    • 28 May 2009 14:13, by Mayom Mading Agau

      That’s right Rahela!!!! You hit the nail on its head. Our Southern Sudanese women need a lot of encouragement from us...politically based on gender equality. It’s obvious that some people do not like independence in women but it remains only a matter of truth. Therefore, those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.

      SoAnd i truely believe in the words of Margaret Thatcher, "if you want something said, ask a man...if you want something done, ask a woman." Hence, i have seen qualities of leadership in their(women) speeches. A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get their.

      So, my fellow country women keep going ahead and change will emerge as you speak it. I wish you success in all that you’re doing. Thanks.

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  • 28 May 2009 11:30, by Beti Hari

    Dear brothers and sister,
    It is agood news to hear that our mothers are going for the 25% position in the government.Good work done. set your goals and go for it. We as your sons and daughters are here supporting you. I support the idea of Wani Igga saying that women played abig role during the struggle and therefore they deserve recognision in the GOSS.

    Naduruk

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  • 28 May 2009 16:13, by Spla Commando

    Waw, There goes women voices in Politics.

    Please mothers and sisters go further and let sky be the limit, you were the pillars of Spla during the arm-struggle by providing us with shelter and food, yet you are now marginalized of the marginalized in the Sudan.kinds favors are always return it’s time to pay back to You.

    Spla Oyee, Women voices in Politics Oyee!

    Spla Commando somewhere in the Bush of South Sudan.

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    • 28 May 2009 23:45, by Lual

      Nyadeng found no where to sneak her neck because her greedy husband dead. she is trying to mobilize women in order to find very cheap ground to used her dirty politic. Nyadeng Mabior you are out. you will continue to be arguing until you reaches the court you have been ignores the will of the people of South Sudan, now you claim you care for them noway lady. Thanks to Uganda Helicopter for a thoughfull explanation on the subject of investigation of your Assband. not at all people are killer like him, hateful man got the consequence.

      You want me I am ready to face you I am her in Anyidi at the last Village to ajakger

      Lualdit Arop

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      • 30 May 2009 06:57, by Abuk D- Nhial

        Lual tit arope,

        You sound like mr. nought and mr. never !!

        Out of sense, out of mind.

        Death of Garang is good for only traitors and not real citizens who like deliberation of Southerners.

        Wish you follow him soon.

        Mr. generation.

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        • 31 May 2009 09:17, by samuel nyok kuat kur

          Hi/ brother Lual

          I read your comment about the south Sudan women. therefore, you made an accepted comment against mama Rebeca Nyandeng. you was suppose to comment in appropriate.

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        • 31 May 2009 09:18, by samuel nyok kuat kur

          Hi/ brother Lual

          I read your comment about the south Sudan women. therefore, you made an accepted comment against mama Rebeca Nyandeng. you was suppose to comment in appropriate way.

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