Women’s Bloc pushes for enactment of 35% affirmative action in OPP

By Mary Poni

Women’s Bloc of South Sudan has appealed to the government to reconsider the 35 percent affirmative action for women in Other Political Parties (OPP).

The Chairperson for Women’s Bloc of South Sudan, Amer Manyok Deng said that this time around, President Salva Kiir shall give chance to a woman to represent Other Political Parties (OPP) in regards to the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

According to Amer, South Sudan is a liberal democratic state where human rights and fundamental rights of women still have great prospect. She therefore called on the enactment of the provisions set aside for women in the peace agreement.

“I strongly call upon the government of South Sudan to reconsider the 35 percent women affirmative action in OPP” Amer Manyok stated.

“We quoted that the R-ARCSS 2018 Article 1.4.4 and 1.12.2 on participation of women 35% in executives, the parties shall nominate no fewer than 12 women to the council of ministers and thereby reinvigorate gender equality and provide inclusive system of governance in South Sudan” she continued.

The Women’s Bloc has confirmed and declared their readiness, solidarity and full commitment as South Sudanese women to the government of South Sudan.

The Chairperson believes the Bloc plans to carry out and event dubbed, ‘Walk for Peace’ on the 9th of January 2023.

In addition, she called on the government, as well as international and national organizations to support women in all levels.

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