Eastern Equatoria State Finally Commemorates Rescheduled Women’s Day

Officials during the marking of the International Women's Day (IWD) in Torit today. The event was originally scheduled for March 8 2013 but was postponed due what officials said “logistical” challenges. [Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

The celebration theme in Torit were under the theme: ‘Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum with the Organizing Committee Chairperson, Patrick Lodinga Kotein announcing that the scheduled key celebrations ware designed to happen sometime back in March but due to logistical arrangements they were postponed.

The State Deputy Governor Jerome Gama Surur was the key guest speaker and he congratulated the women for their day as he urged them to show commitment in development programs so the new born nation could pick up slowly with their help.

The state United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Coordinator Hiroko Mosko told the crowd that the UN mission in the Eastern Equatoria State was grateful for the opportunity to join the people to cerebrate the important day.

She clarified that the event theme calls for some stock taking and it provides with an opportunity to step back to evaluate the advancements that have been made not only in women’s rights, but in ensuring that an enabling environment has been created where men and women, girls and boys can achieve their optimal development.

The Torit County Commissioner German Charles Ojok said the day had been observed since the early 1900’s at a time of when there was great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

“Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Therefore, there is a proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day; a Women’s Day, to press for their demands and that is why we are today here,” he said.

He said that in most cases women participated fully and campaign against the civil war in South Sudan and so far we need efforts to work effectively in addressing issues related to women problems. 

He said the International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. 

Prior to this latest move to postpone the events, the state also rescheduled the celebration which was to be held on March 8, to March 15 and March 19.

Postponement of March 19 was simply due to death of late Bishop Johnson Akio Mutek who died on March 18, one day ahead of celebrations. 

The Organizing Committee Chairperson urged the public to maintain peace but show 

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.

In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

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