S. Sudan Women lawmaker demands more leadership participation

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] – South Sudan women lawmakers in Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) on Tuesday launched a political blueprint to increase women participation in the forthcoming third round of peace revitalization talks.

Deputy Chairperson of Women Parliamentary Caucus at the TNLA, Margret Samuel, said the proposal is to prepare and engage women to pick up more leadership positions in the country including adding women voices at the talks.

“This initiative is going to equip women with leadership skills in order to help them contribute effectively in all the sectors of governance in the country,” said Samuel.

Speaking during the launching of the strategy on Tuesday, Samuel urge women to own the copy of the policy.

South Sudan’s speaker of the National Assembly, Anthony, Lino Makana, told the women that the policy aligned with the ruling party manifesto to increase women’s affirmative actions that empower them.

“When women’s role is developed, it enhances good utilization of resources in the country,” Makana stressed.

The speaker applauded women for developing the strategy and called on women to use their influence to work for peace and stability of the young country.
Marita Sorheim-Rensvik, Norwegian Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, said her government is working for an inclusive peace process in the country.
Sorheim-Rensvik added that she has been engaging with women in the country on how they will participate effectively in leadership.

‘’I have been listening to women across the country. We need women to make a difference in the society by giving them the upper hand to participate in all the positions of leadership,” she said.

The strategic plan was prepared by EVE women’s group supported by the Norwegian government.

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