Written by Garang Malak
Published on 18th May 2021
South Sudan President Salva Kiir announced the lawmakers of the newly appointed South Sudanese government, which only included 116 female lawmakers out of the 550 appointed lawmakers. This action violates the requirements of the peace accord which stipulates that the government must follow an affirmative action policy and appoint at least 35% of female legislators in the national government.
Juba activists have criticised the continued violation of the peace accord and the gender disparity prevalent in the South Sudanese government. In February 2020, out of 35 ministerial posts in government, only 10 women were selected for these positions Also, only one woman was appointed for the position of Governor of South Sudan’s 10 states in July 2020.
Edmund Yakani, the leader of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation, stated that “not meeting the gender threshold is a serious violation of the peace accord.”