At national and state level, South Sudanese women continue to push for diligent implementation of the 35% quota for women in governance structures as agreed in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
In Jonglei State, women want their voices heard.
“I am leader of a women’s group in the Protection of Civilian (POC) site in Bor, Jonglei State. In the PoC, leadership established a communal court. Unfortunately, in the beginning, all nine members of the court were men. I, as the chairperson of the women's group, protested and demanded the inclusion of four women representatives on the court. When the men were not willing to give up their positions, I reported the matter to UNMISS Human Rights, who supported us. As we speak now, the court in the PoC includes women representation,” said Elizabeth Joseph Chan.
Elizabeth was speaking during a three days’ women leaders mentorship workshop conducted by the woman-led National Transformational Leadership Institute (NTLI), part of the University of Juba. A cohort of 42 emerging and current women leaders, from different sectors and age groups, gathered for the sessions in Bor.