Community of Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria have celebrated International Rural Women’s day under the Theme “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19.
The day is commemorated on Oct 15 globally to recognize the role of rural women in development and food security to end poverty. Several women display their produces during the event in Kapoeta and Aweil towns in South Sudan.
Lore Josephine is the senior Gender base Violence officer working for an Alight organization in Kapoeta.
She says the government and partners should work together to support women in the field of Agriculture to reduce hunger in the state.
“For us to make these women silver, we need to provide complete protection to them whenever they are going to get their tools. Women and girls are exposed to danger, and they need full protection to ensure they realize their dream,” she said.
The Deputy Chairlady of Kapoeta Women Association encourages fellow females to participate in agricultural activities to produce enough food for their families.
Cecilia Namoi Achuma says Agriculture is the country’s backbone, and every person should engage in it rather than depending on humanitarian support.
Several women and girls also turnout to celebrates the day in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. They expressed willingness to produces food despite devastated flooding that destroyed their crops.
Some women spokes to Akol Yam 91.0 FM Aweil.
“We are happy that the partners and our government have recognized us today. We are very people who suffer and facing a lot of challenges, especially home responsibilities. We are asking for support like seeds, farming skills for us to produces our food”.
“We need farming tools and skill so that we can plant more vegetables and reliance on our own.“
“Our government will be able to get back to us with good information because we are now expecting to be trained on planting vegetables and finding food for our families.”
Northern Bahr Ghazal state minister of agriculture Anei Deng Akok says he will work with partners to empower rural women.
Deng started his ministry mandate to implement a food security project to provide rural women with training and other supports.
The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors women and girls living in rural areas on Oct 15 each year. It recognizes the considerable role that rural mothers, daughters, and grandmothers play in producing food and building agricultural and rural development worldwide.