South Sudan Women Demand For Position Of Speaker In TGoNU

“…We urged the President in the spirit of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan to fulfill the provisions in the signed peace agreement especially chapter one provision 11.4"

By Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 14th January 2016 [Gurtong]- Women in South Sudan are demanding for the position of Speaker in the yet to be formed Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

A coalition of 18 women Organisations (members of the Consortium) in Juba on Thursday in a press conference strongly stressed their concerns and calls for representation of the women in public offices.

Rita M Lopidia, Executive Director for EVE Organisation for Women Development, called upon the President to ensure that the Transitional Government fulfills the minimum representation of women according to the signed peace agreement.

Lopidia called all members to the signed agreement to show commitment to attain balance in the Transitional Government. “We are strongly calling that the position of the speaker should be filled by a woman,” she said.

“…We urged the President in the spirit of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan to fulfill the provisions in the signed peace agreement especially chapter one provision 11.4” she added.

She said according to the agreement, “the GRSS shall nominate no fewer than four women to the Council of Ministers and the SPLA/M in Opposition shall nominate no fewer than three women to the Council of Ministers.”

“Provision 10.5.4 stipulates that, in accordance with the TCRSS provision on the participation of women in the executive, no fewer than two of the deputy Ministers shall be women” she said.

“We call that there should be a genuine commitment to ensure that this implementation of peace is taken seriously and bring development, peace and stability in the country” said Rita.

Rita extended the women calls to all signatories of the agreement, the partners and Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) to support their call and ensure that the positions that are stipulated in the agreement are filled by women.

Sarah Yakob Kimbo, from Women Union of Central Equatoria on her part said, “I want to see a woman who is given portfolio of the work in the Ministry to fulfill it and do it according to the needs of the people of South Sudan,” Kimbo said.

Meanwhile, the women said that the executive positions such as presidency, the First Vice President and the Vice president are all filled up by men calling for a balance by appointing a female for the position of the speaker of parliament.


 

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