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Though women tried to form their groups to represent them in decision making and other domains, the groups did not work well to meet women demands. This is due to lack of leadership structures within these groups. To help women groups develop their leadership structures, UMCOR organised a 3 days training to 4 women groups at Gokmachar in former Aweil North County. with this training, women understood the importance of leadership structures and promised to establish organisational structures. The training was also meant to strengthen working relations between women groups and government. Women who participated in the training appreciated the training as a vital tool of empowering them. Success Story: Leadership Training Increased Women Knowledge and Skills In NBeG like other regions in South Sudan, women are among the marginalized groups of people. Women are involved in decision making processes and suffer under representation in leadership both in public and private sectors. The lack of women participation in development process has hindered social and economic growth within communities and even negatively impacted on sustainability of some community assets. For example, while women use water points more and are adversely affected when they break down, their involvement in the management of the water point is limited with positions taken up by men. As such, when boreholes breakdown, it takes so long to have them repaired forcing women to walk long distances and in some instances in the dark exposing them to Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). If women were sensitized and involved in management of such assets, they would make sure the assets are well taken care of because they understand the pain they would undergo if the water points were to break down. ‘’There is need to change this culture of women belonging to the kitchen and men making decisions on their behalf’’. ‘’It is because of these backward cultural beliefs that women continue to suffer and are left behind’’. ‘’I don’t need anyone to tell me what is good for me, I am in a position to make that decision, and all I am asking for is to be allowed to take part in decision making’’. ‘’This is not a request, the constitution gives me this right and I find it wrong for anyone to stand on my way towards achieving this right’’. ‘’This training was an eye opener for me and I believe that I am a better Secretary and will support my association better’’.