Women eye representation in peace process
By Khamis Cosmas Lokudu
South Sudanese women are waiting to be represented in the upcoming revitalized peace process tentatively scheduled for 12th November in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Speaking in a Think Tank Workshop organized by Eve Organization, Women’s International Centre for Peace and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) in Juba last week, Jackline Nasiwa, Executive Director for Centre for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice said there shall be five Clusters and women should be represented in each of the Cluster.
Nasiwa said the Maputo Protocol on Rights of Women also known as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa explains that the idea for a protocol on women rights emerged in 1995 at 31st sitting of African Union in Addis Ababa.
She further outlined that the purpose of Maputo protocol includes non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, religious or political affiliations, protect rights of women and conforms to regional and international norms on the rights of people.
Still on Maputo, Nasiwa echoed that Article 2 of Maputo protocol eliminates all forms of discriminations against women through legislation, constitution, policies, plans, programs, reforms, public education, and information and communication strategy.
Women participation is recognized globally, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on the role of women in peace and security adopted by the Security Council at its 4213th meeting on 31st October 2000, urges members states to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions.
Given the 12th September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, the parties to the Agreement should consider Chapter 1 article 1.12.2 and article 1.4.4 as the country nears the formation of the government on 12th November 2019.