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Women Parliamentary Caucus’ Constitution under review

Edmund Yakani, CEPO Executive Director during the workshop with the Women parliamentarians

By Jale Richard

The constitution of the women parliamentary caucus is being reviewed in a three day workshop organized by the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) and Status of Women Initiative (SOWI).

Speaking at the opening day of the workshop yesterday, Dusman Joyce James, Chairperson of the Women Parliamentary Caucus said, the review will lead to amendment of the constitution and drawing of strategic work plans for the caucus.

Mrs. James noted that article 11 of the constitution if amended, shall demand that all the caucus’ chairpersons appointed will be subjected to election according to the three greater regions of the country. Three positions of advisors will also be included in the constitution, the Chairperson added.

She said when the article is amended; the chairperson will be rotational according to the three regions of Greater Bahr-el-Ghazal, Greater Equatoria and Greater Upper Nile.

After the three days, the amended constitution will be tabled in parliament and passed by the women parliamentary caucus according to James.

Betty Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer at CEPO who is heading the Status of Women Initiative (SOWI) working with women parliamentarians said the workshop aims to amend the current constitution, and draw a strategic plan of 2017 to 2020.

She said her organization is supporting the women parliamentarians because they play a big role in raising voices of women, and advocate for the welfare of women in parliament as well as communities.

She said the women should also raise the voices of civil society in the government. According to Sunday, there is need to strengthen the women parliamentary caucus to become like those in other countries to champion the interest of the voices of women in the parliament.

The national legislature women parliamentarians’ caucus seeks to ensure gender sensitive laws, political processes and equality in resource allocation to improve the quality of life of women. The caucus gives women power to make decisions in the parliament on things regarding women, according to Mrs. James, the current chairperson of the Women parliamentary caucus.

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