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Opinion: Demand for equal share responsibility

By Gisma R. Mou Mou

South Sudan activist Gisma Mou Mou (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

July 9, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — Yesterday 9th July, we celebrated our Independence Day. The martyrs gave us this freedom symbolized in the Independence Day. And so, independent South Sudan is not a give for free, the people have struggled and worked hard for it, and the people won it through the struggles.

From this perspective, there is a need for full implementation of R-TGoNU in absolute terms of good governance to put the dignity of the people and fairness—the rule of law and respect of human rights at the heart of everything we do.

Women have seen in the past that 25% that was given by SPLM has not been implemented. In evidence that 96% of important ministries were all reserved for men who have been appointed as ministers in , and 99.9% men were appointed as governors.

It means that out of 100% of all important ministries 4% to 6% were given to women in 2011 and 2016 respectively, and out of 100% of all governance positions 0% to 1% were given to women in 2010 and 2017 respectively. This Exclusion or Marginalization of Women In Decision Making Is not a view it is a Crime against Women.

Now that 35% given by the Revitalized Agreement to Women is OK, but NOT ENOUGH. The R-TGoNU must go for total equality 50% for women to be appointed at all levels. The 50% equal share responsibility means that 50% out of 100% of important ministries must go to women.

We also call for 50% of Women in Parliament. Both women and men must lead the fight for gender equality by Practical examples, and not only by pointing or reading the agreement.

In 9 years, the leaders and citizens have talked too much and have promise and assure that war on Marginalization, corruption, poverty, and unsustainable development is without doubt, winnable.

And so, in this spirit, now is the time leaders must show that Marginalization, corruption, and inequality are undoable. It is time to make real reforms, large and small, fix South Sudan, and bring down poverty, insecurity, inequality, and corruption.

The author is a South Sudanese-Norwegian political scientist, who was awarded a Bachelor of Science in political science from University of Stockholm in Sweden, and now completing her Master’s degree in Sweden. She Can reach via email: gismamoumou@hotmail.com

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