29 November 2017, JUBA – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the national rule of law institutions (Ministry of Justice, Police, Prisons, and Judiciary) recently feted the graduation of the first batch of 100 rule of law women in English and computer skills. In a ceremony held at the Kampala University Juba campus on Thursday 23 November, the 100 women were commended for successfully completing the six-month training, which included English literacy, numeracy, and computer skills.
The Chief Justice of South Sudan, His Lordship Chan Reec Madut, presided over the ceremony, which was attended by Inspector General of Police Gen. Said Chawul Lom Aywal, Director-General of Prisons Gen. Henry Kuany Aguar, Director Curriculum Development Scopas Lubang Soro, United Nations Development Programme Democratic Governance and Stabilization Team Leader Andrews Shuruma, Director of Non Violence and Development Organisation Emmanuel Amule, representatives from UN Police, INGOs and senior officials from Kampala University College Juba.
UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project, with funding from the Governemnt of Japan, supported a six-month empowerment training for female personnel of rule of law institutions on functional adult literacy in English and computer skills.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate all the trainees for successfully completing the six-month training. You have shown the way for others by converting a challenging period of your life into an opportunity to acquire new knowledge,” said UNDP DGSU leader Andrew Shuruma in his remarks delivered at the occasion.
He explained that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. That providing women and girls with equal access to education, healthcare, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.
He stated “while gender mainstreaming is the public policy concept of assessing the different implications for women and men of any planned policy action, including legislation and programmes, in all areas and levels; mainstreaming essentially offers a pluralistic approach that values the diversity among both men and women”.
He further stated “Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to face discrimination and violence in every part of the world.” Said UNDP Andrew Shuruma
Mr. Scopas said women have strategic needs and interests to reverse injustices in families and reclaim their position in the society. He explained that for women to contribute meaningfully in the development of South Sudan, empowerment issues should top affirmative action.
“We greatly appreciate the support extended by UNDP from the very beginning of independence. We hope to expand this training to other women to become an asset to the prisons service, and with continued support from UNDP and the people of Japan we shall achieve it,” said Director General Prisons Gen. Henry Kuany.
“Investing in women and girls has a powerful multiplier effect, on productivity, efficiency and economic growth. Although gender equality is a key goal in itself, women’s empowerment is an essential means to achieving sustainable development, economic growth, peace and security,” said Inspector General of Police Gen Said Chawul.
“”Empowerment gives women the right to exercise their right to make choices on future matters like access and control of information, and social resources, which increases their sense of self-worth and encourages them to participate in a more meaningful way in society,” said Chief Justice His Lordship Dr. Chan Reec Madut.
The Chief Justice stated that “… leaving no one behind means prioritising and putting people at the centre of development and placing the progress of the most marginalised groups and communities first, women and girls being all too often at the top of the list.”
He concluded, “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Government of Japan for their generous support to the rule of law institutions in South Sudan. I also express my sincere thanks to UNDP for its sustained support to this important initiative.”