The UNMISS Gender Unit recently supported a consultative workshop with the state Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare in Central Equatoria to give local development partners a bird's eye view of strategic planning mechanisms related to providing essential services to residents. Photo by Surur Ali Ayile/UNMISS
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently partnered with the State Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, in Central Equatoria, to host a day-long, consultative workshop for development partners who work on delivering services to citizens of the state.
The forum’s main aim: To give stakeholders insight into the strategic planning for resource allocation done by the state for this fiscal year and how this impacts the women, men and children residing in Central Equatoria.
“People’s participation in the budget process is essential to enhance public ownership of national resources and boost delivery of much-needed services for all communities,” said Peter Malir Biar, a peace and human rights activist, attending the workshop.
“I believe this meeting has brought together the right partners, people who are working with the communities in the grassroots. Now we are assured that the Ministry is trying to build a better future for our children,” he added.
For Zabib Musa, Executive Director, Islamic Development and Relief Agency (IDRA) the workshop has provided much-needed clarity and insight for organizations who are partnering with the Ministry to improve people’s lives.
“I think that after today, we understand the Ministry’s long-term strategy and can work better with them as partners,” averred Ms. Musa. “We are sure that if we work together, the services we provide will reach the communities who need the most assistance, especially when it comes to supporting survivors of gender-based violence.”
For his part, Peter Daeta, Director-General, state Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, urged local partners to not duplicate each other’s efforts and instead, come up with innovative approaches to reinforcing the state’s support to citizens. “We also encourage participants to register with state so that we know their activities and are able to monitor as well as keep track of their operations,” he added.
Bullen Soro, Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, while addressing the forum, emphasized the need for skill-building and vocational training among young people. “Youth are the future leaders of South Sudan and we must train them to be compassionate and participate in extending a helping hand to people less fortunate than they are. This can only happen when we make sure our girls and boys are protected and educated,” he stated.
45 partner organizations attended this forum which was supported by the UN Peacekeeping mission’s Gender Unit.