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A DECLARATION ON COMMITMENT FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OF AT LEAST 35% FOR WOMEN

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27 September 2019

The implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South  Sudan { R-ARCSS} mindful of our commitment under the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 as amended for a united, peaceful and prosperous society based on justice, equality, respect for human rights and rule of law

 

Mindful of the 35% affirmative action for Women under the R-ARCSS, the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan under Article 16(4) (a), are a bases to the realization of the continental and global agendas such as the Africa Union Agenda 2063, UNSCR 1325, SDGs 5 and 16, and CEDAW that calls upon countries to adopt measures to correct persistence imbalances in women access in public life and other areas.

Acknowledging that gender equality refers to valuing the role of women and men. It works on stereotypes and prejudices so that both gender are able to equally contribute to the social, economic, cultural and political development of the country.

Recognizing that gender inequality is a result of imbalance created by the society on the role of women in public and private lives.  

Accepting that Affirmative action plays an important role in building the capacity of women leaders. It positions women’s participation in different sectors such as political, economic, social, security and leadership.

Appreciating the provision of affirmative action of at least 35% for women in Article 1.4.4 of the Signed Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, dated 12th September 2018 including allocation of the vice President, Governors, state speakers, state council of ministers, County Commissioners, County Councils and the National legislatures and Deputy Speakers.

We urge for genuine commitment by the parties signatories to the Revitalized Agreement to fulfil their commitment in the implementation of the agreement and ensure the 35%  for women is observed and enforced  during nominations and appointments of political positions at all levels by observing the following principles;

  1. Parties to the agreement should put in place internal systems of ensuring nomination and fulfillment of the 35 percent minimum percentage for women
  2. The RTGoNU to continue with measures to break the barriers and root cause hindering women’s active participation and inclusion at decision making level
  3. The RTGoNU should put in place action plans with specific targets, indicators and systems of monitoring
  4. The implementation requires commitment of resources (including budgetary allocation) geared towards the fulfillment of the affirmative action