Women reject governors’ appointments, demand better representation
South Sudan Women Coalition for peace opposed President Salva Kiir Mayardit appointment of governors and demanded the inclusion women as an implementation of 35 percent provided in the peace agreement.
According to article 1.4.4, Chapter one of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, parties are obliged to ensure 35 percent of women at all level of the governance.
However in the recent decree, only one female governor has been appointed under the ticket of SPLM-IO.
On Monday, President Salva Kiir issued a Republican decree appointing eight governors, three Chief administrators while the governors of Jonglei and Upper Nile remain undecided.
Speaking during the press Conference on Thursday, the chairperson of Women’s Bloc of South Sudan, Amer Manyok Deng said the government was supposed to respect the women’s right in the agreement.
“The SPLM party is the one that launched the participation of women as well as Women’s Affirmative action 35 percent in 2016, so we are wondering why SPLM would violate it again. So all parties are in question why are they violating the rights of women which has been agreed upon,” Amer explained.
She added that “We are demanding what is agreed as opposed to what was not agreed upon.”
“We the women of South Sudan, the Women leaders are demanding H.E the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit to revise the appointment of all the governors and at least put the consideration of women space into action,” she said.
Via Juba Monitor