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Civil society organizations call for protection and promotion of women’s rights

August 30, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

(JUBA) The South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections and Crown of Women have launched a campaign dubbed “Born to Lead”, to make women’s voices heard.

‘‘Born to lead is campaign, is here to remind everyone, especially our leaders that South Sudanese women and girls are born to lead and that we have a power – we have a capacity and we have an ability to lead. This campaign also is to break stereotypes of gender roles of some jobs are done better by men and women cannot do them’‘, Riya William, Executive Director for Crown of Women said.

Rejab Mohandis, the Executive Director of South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections said every day in Juba is a new challenge for South Sudanese women.

‘‘We call on the societies to understand that we have an equal rights citizenship and so that women have a key potential to contribute to the societies – they have skills – they have expertise in various fields – they are engineers – they are doctors – they are lawyers, economists and they can equally contribute to the development of the nations’‘, Mohandis told Deng Machol, a Juba-based correspondent for Africa News.

In September 2018, a peace deal signed made provisions for adequate gender parity.

35 percent of public appointments were to be allocated to women. But this deal has yet to translate into safety for women and girls in South Sudan.

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