Learning new skills increases the chances for women to be more financially independent, which will benefit not just individuals but the country as a whole.
JUBA, South Sudan, January 11, 2022 / APO Group / –
“I used to sell vegetables at the market, but they didn’t pay me well,” says Lucia Richard Ujang, a 35-year-old widow and mother of three. “Today I have been awarded a sewing machine for best performance during training.”
Ms. Ujang refers to a six-week tailoring course offered to some 30 women in the western state of Bahr-el-Ghazal, organized by the Ministry of Gender and Bangladeshi troops serving in the Mission of the United Nations in South Sudan.
“I am proud of what I have accomplished, and now I am going to open a shop in my home and offer tailoring services to earn enough money to send my children to school,” Ms. Ujang says with a captivating smile.
In fact, she is illustrating the purpose of conducting the training: to give women an additional option to earn a living for themselves by teaching them how to cut and design patterns, sew and knit.
Like many of the other apprentices, Anjolina Joseph did not have the money to finish school.
“I was lucky to be selected for this opportunity. Learning new skills increases the chances for women to be more financially independent, which will benefit not only individuals but the country as a whole, ”she said, adding that she is also considering opening her own tailoring business.
Bangladeshi Lieutenant Colonel Jahangir Alam explained that the training is part of peacekeeping activities to promote peacebuilding in the state.
To make their work more durable, the contingent handed over three sewing machines to the Ministry of Gender, which allowed them to train more women in the area.
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