Recognition Of Women Empowerment: A Tool For National Development

The UNMISS Coordinator for Eastern Equatoria State Mosko Hiroko addressing the celebrants in Torit on Thursday as the state commemorated the International Women’s Day. [Gurtong | Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

Hiroko made the remark on Thursday while speaking at the commemoration function of the International Women’s Day in Torit. 

The UNMISS leader said the day was a vital opportunity for her to join the people of EES in the historic commemoration of the belated women’s day in the state. 
“We must recognize that empowerment of women is an essential tool for advancing national development and reducing poverty,” she said. 

“This empowerment seeks to provide women with the opportunity to participate fully in the society on equal terms with their male counterparts. The theme for this year’s Women’s day, ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum,’ was chosen with this in mind,” she added.

She said realization of the full participation and empowerment of women creates an environment where both men and women share the responsibilities and equally enjoy the dividends of peace to achieve lasting development. 

“Today’s cerebration also provides opportunity for all of us to think and address the issues and social practices disadvantaging girls and women such as denial of education for girl child, early girl marriages, girl child compensation and other forms of violence.”

In order to achieve equality, she called for cooperation from both men and women with an aim to achieving good work relations to enhance development.

The UNMISS State coordinator said the mission is doing it’s very best to lay the foundation for development in the new nation.

“We as UNMISS are trying our best to bring the seedling of development here together with the Government of Eastern Equatoria. But it takes all of us, women and men’s effort to nourish and raise the seedling of development,” she urged.  
She assured the State authorities and the entire citizens of the continuity of UNMISS in working with the people and the state government.

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