South Sudan First Lady of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) has been invited to New York by UN Women forum.
Angelina Jany Teny is the wife to South Sudan’s First Vice President (designate), Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA (IO), Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.
She is also the Chairperson of the National Committee for Defense and Security Affairs.
Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said Teny will participate as a panellist in a focus discussion on the role of the South Sudanese women in South Sudan’s peace process.
The discussion will take place next week on 17th March.
In a statement she released on Tuesday, 8 March, to mark the International Women’s Day, Teny called on women in South Sudan to actively participate in the change through the reforms stipulated in the peace agreement signed in August 2015 to end 21 months of civil war.
Teny said the women in the war-torn country should also celebrate a number of strategic achievements they have made so far towards significant women’s participation in public life.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the women of the Republic of South Sudan on the occasion of the International Women’s Day,” her statement reads.
“This is the time for us, women, to reflect on our past progress and achievements so that we can celebrate together.”
She said one of these achievements is the affirmative action guaranteeing women 30% participation in public life as agreed across the political divide and social spectrum.
She described the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan as another unifying achievement that the South Sudanese women should celebrate.
“This Agreement not only ended the tragic and costly war that resulted in the much suffering, but also offers a rare chance for the women to take part in meaningful change through the reforms stipulated in the Agreement.”
She said the reforms that the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) shall implement will create the necessary environment for women to develop the strategies that shall enable them to plan for and work towards the fulfillment of the UN 2016 theme for this year, “Planet 50-50 by 2030; step it up for Gender Equality”.
She said more than 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance calling for a period of healing and reconciliation.