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Women conference to take place on February 13th

Author: Yar Ajak | Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hundreds of South Sudanese women will take part in a three-day International Women’s Conference in Juba next week.

The conference scheduled to kick off between the 13th and 15th of February will host women from the country, Africa and from overseas.

Nearly 400 women from the 10 states, the administrative areas, internally displaced persons, and refugee camps in the neighboring countries and beyond will attend the conference.

It is intended to empower women through sharing their life experiences of the conflict and learning from the experience of women leaders from other countries.

The high-profile women leaders will come from Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, the USA, Yemen, and others.

David Dau is the Executive Director in the Office of the Vice President for the gender and youth cluster.

“The expected outcome is to inspire young women of all ages and to present an opportunity to learn from others that have gone through the difficulties of war and recovery after war and all the struggles we went through in South Sudan,” Dau told the media.

“So, this conference is geared towards making sure we bring the gap when it comes to discussing the issue of gender.”

The upcoming conference will also focus on various aspects affecting women in different sectors including governance, economy, climate change, and security.

Esther Ikere  the undersecretary in the Minister of Gender, Child, and Social Welfare said the conference will provide the opportunity for South Sudanese women to learn the best African and international leading practices.

“And this conference is very important because it will give us an opportunity for us to share our experience and best practice within the African region and internationally.”

“Looking into the different leadership journeys of our African women, but also trying to see how African women have become the scorecard of the United Nations.”

On his part, Dr. Samuel, the UNDP representative in Juba, believes that the conference will help bind women together in solidarity to end violence in the county.

“As we speak women and girls whether in Malakal or Kajo Keji continue to experience the devastating plight of violence,” he said.

“This conference wants to shade more light on this and bind women together, bind the country together in solidarity to end violence and suffering that we through because of violence.’

The National Transformational leadership representative, Dr. Angelina Bazugba added that this conference will enable the women leaders to reflect on their achievements.

The anticipated event facilitated by the Office of the Vice President for Youth Nd Gender Cluster and partners, is under the theme “Transformational Leadership in Women, Peace and Security.”

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