— Welcome, Jonglei Women Empowerment Programme
Given our societal dynamic cultural norms, women are subjected to diverse socio-cultural issues including; denial of right to own property, early girl child marriage, beside laborious household chores which are not, in some communities, shared at all irrespective of gender traits. These facts have created a hug gape between genders i.e. masculinity and feminines of the two groups. Women are, most of the time, tasked with enormous chores which may not be equivalent to their anatomical nature.
These issues are further proliferated by the current instability in the country where millions of people are displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries. Again, women are the most affected group. This program will therefore seek to empower the women in all aspect and strengthen the capacity of the women to contribute to nation building. At least 85% of rural women are the micro-economic powerhouse in South Sudan. This makes it critically important that women at the grassroots level economy are given opportunity and participate fully in economic development of the country.
Our Focal Issues
- Discrimination against women, For example are not Women are not involve in decision making processes and leadership position.
- Women are not allowed to access economic opportunities and even own properties.
- Lack capacity on livelihood and entrepreneurial skills
- Women have no knowledge on women’s rights instruments(Convention on eliminations of Discrimination Against Women, (CEDAW).
- Forced and Early girl child marriages
- Gender based violence.
Cultural norms are the main cause of women not being involve in decision – making processes and these affect women economically, socially, politically and culturally.
Discrimination and ignorance by male counter part, Cultural norms, do not allow women to own property as well as working on their own and earns living
Lack of accessibility to training opportunities, Denial by their husband to access training opportunities, Lack of money to attain training opportunities.
Lack of knowledge and access to the women’s rights documents
Girls are Viewed as source of wealth by their families and that cause most of the girls not to attain or dropout from schools
Lack of respect by men towards women, Weakness of women
The organization portfolio (projects/programs).
After the inception, the JWEP embarked on combating violence against women, promotes women’s participation, human rights, land rights, and women empowerment. After the 2013 conflict, the organization developed a more structured intervention themes as follow:
- Advocacy on women’s rights – These includes: rights to own property, rights to contest political and social positions, rights to say no to discrimination, rights to equal participation, rights to education, and rights to choose of life partner. JWEP will focus on these rights as means of empowerment.
- Support to dropout girls – the organization will pay special attention to school dropout girls (young mothers) and support them with skills on entrepreneurial initiatives so that they in turn support their young families and or kids.
- Women entrepreneurial initiatives – the program will identify existing business initiative run by both genders with at least 70 percent femininity proportion and support them with in kind and or cash to advance their businesses to the next level.
- Livelihood activities – This area will look at food assistance in the emergency and or crisis IPC phases. Will also provide support in food production e.g., offseason vegetable growing, and support to local seed production.
- Capacity building – the organization will identify potential women and train them in Bor vocation training center on diverse skills.
- Awareness raising and support to the victims of GBV and child Protection – JWEP will focus and create awareness to the communities on issues of GBV and provide support to the victims of GBV