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Gender activist urges economic empowerment for women

Author: Kafuki Jada | Published: March 13, 2024

Gender activist Data Gordon speaks on Eye Radio's Dawn Show. (-)

A gender activist is calling on the South Sudan government and people to empower women financially to achieve gender equality.

Data Gordon – the Executive Director of Men for Women organization – said women should be granted the right to work and own properties as accorded to men.

Gordon stated that the government must provide resources to enhance girl child education and sensitize communities on negative cultural norms.

He said South Sudan can never attain gender equality if it fails to empower women and girls economically.

“We cannot achieve gender equality if we don’t empower fifty percent or more of the population which is women, and that we should be able to provide access to economic resources,” Gordon said.

“We should be able to provide access to education and challenge negative social norms. We should be able to challenge negative cultural norms that embed women economic empowerment or political empowerment or any empowerment.”

“All those men who say they have paid all the dowry and the women working must bring the salary to them they are the ones signing the salary please am sorry to say this but its childish.”

According to Girls’ Education South Sudan, women’s and girls’ education indicators in the country are the worst in the world.

The International Women’s Day is a globally recognized event celebrated annually on March 8th to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.

GESS said only 16 percent of the female population are literate, a figure which is more than double the literacy rate of their male counterparts.

The organization said women in the country have been robbed of their rights and are under-represented in government and other leadership positions.

“Women need to be economically empowered and by that, they will be able to contribute to the same family you are the head of the family so she is going to invest this money within the family and all of you will be able to benefit from that,” Gordon added.



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