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Activists call for women’s inclusion in South Sudan peace implementation

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Displaced women and children under a hot sun in South Sudan's Maban County, where food shortages are causing tension. (UNHCR/P. Rulashe Photo)
April 1, 2019 (JUBA) - A group of South Sudanese women have launched a petition calling for inclusivity in the upcoming three-year transitional government to implement the outcome of the revitalized peace agreement

The peace pact allocates 35 percent of the ministerial portfolios posts to female representatives in the transitional unity government.

"The incumbent government shall nominate no fewer than six (6) women, SPLM/A-IO shall nominate no fewer than three (3) women, and SSOA shall nominate no less than one (1) woman," reads the agreement.

"We, South Sudanese women and girls, who are 65% of the population, are the ones who bear wars and violence brunt the most; rape, sexual violence, physical and health vulnerability, and poverty in general," said a group of female activists including Kaidi Cleto Rial, Suzanne Jambo, Jennifer Baithpath Majuac, Akuany Mane Nyandeng and Sarah Halliday among others.

The signatories said they have been excluded from the decision-making historically and at the IGAD brokered peace process to achieve peace but stressed they, however, constitute the majority of the South Sudanese population.

Women will not accept periphery posts but want important ministerial posts such as ministries of finance, defence, interior, education, foreign affairs and health, they said

"There are enough competent, committed, non-corrupt, non-violent and nationalistic women in South Sudan," the petition further reads.

In a speech to the Security Council last October, UN peacekeeping chief stressed that women’s representation vital to realizing South Sudan revitalized agreement.

"It is imperative that women be represented in the ceasefire and transitional…mechanisms, as stipulated in the agreement,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations said, in a briefing on the joint visit of United Nations and African Union officials to South Sudan from 7 to 9 October 2018.

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  • 2 April 11:50, by jubaone

    Our sisters are again doing the same shit 💩 the men are doing, namely fighting for recognition and positions. Our sisters should rather advocate for setting of Hybrid Court to get rapist men behind bars, they should stand clearly for power devolution through federalism that would ensure each region freely develops. Otherwise, they are not different from their hopeless men that have gotten the cou

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    • 2 April 12:12, by South South

      We liberated this country so that people can express their views the way they want. Some of our sisters who released this document are with rebels and that’s very dangerous. Karo’s federalism will not work in South Sudan.

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      • 2 April 13:43, by jubaone

        Give us your reasons why federalism won’t work. You’re paranoid, terrified by federalism and traumatized by kokora. Your liberation is a physical exercise and fools can do that. Liberating your mind and pulling yourself from poverty, ignorance and chaos needs brains. You jienges have 80 years to catch up and we Equatorians especially Karo People have no time for lazy thinkers.

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      • 2 April 13:50, by jubaone

        "we liberated this country..." this narrative is jienge bullshit. We Equatorians started the liberation since 1955 while you jienges were running naked after cows or like your jellaba slave Abel Alier was serving his jellaba masters. SPLA is nothing but a continuation of that struggle. Without Equatorians, you would remain the luakjienges. We opened your brains.

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        • 2 April 13:59, by South South

          I do debate with people only, not with monkeys.

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          • 2 April 14:44, by jubaone

            Uh..uh..uh..🙊
            The giant baboon seems to have trouble reasoning. I knew it! Only if you had your brains as large as your testicles, you would be a well mannered and reasonable jienge. Enjoy your refugee life cuz as a vagrant, you have no place to call home.

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        • 2 April 14:00, by jubaone

          Like their men, these are nyanjienges exposing their political greed and using rape as a pretext to get positions. Did anyone rape any nyanjienges? No. I am happy no sensible Equatorian sister would join such a bogus group other than "a sharmuta jienge". How could an Equatorian sister want to join a regime that is responsible for massive gang rape in Equatoria? She must be a snitch and bitch.

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    • 2 April 14:28, by Midit Mitot

      It,s women right to demand their parts in upcoming transitional government.

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