Muslim women call for equal rights in South Sudan

Muslim women call for equal rights in South Sudan
A group of Muslim Women posing for a group picture at Women’s Union in Juba (photo credit: courtesy)

South Sudanese Muslim women have called for equal rights, saying they have been marginalised.

The women said this during their meeting held under the umbrella of the women’s union yesterday, which was meant to discuss the problems facing Muslim women in the country.

The Islamic Development and Relief Agency (IDRA) Executive Director, Zabib Musa Loro, said Muslim women consider themselves marginalised in South Sudan due to their small population.

“We have come together today to discuss marginalisation. We have been excluded so much in the peace process, ” she said.

Loro said they called for the meeting to create space for Muslim women on issues that affect their lives in the country, mostly on women’s peace and security with regards to Muslim women’s participation.

The women say they are not being represented at both national and state levels in the country. They argue that there are very few Muslim women serving in the government.

“There are perceptions that some people have towards Muslim women, and they are perceived to be [destined for] home and not in public,” Loro protested.

“There is a need for awareness in the communities to understand that Muslim women have an important role to play in the community and the peace process.”

Gasim Sebit Lumori, Secretary of Daua in Central Equatoria State, said there is no difference between men and women in Islam.

He said all human beings were created by Allah (God) to live together, and God also gave full rights to women.

 “This is a blessed initiative as an eye-opener to mothers and girls to share with others socially and communally,” Lumori said.