• Maxwell Choul

SPLM-IO announces 40% female quota

Maxwell Choul, Juba

South Sudan’s main opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) has today set a mandatory 40% quota for women, its leader Riek Machar said.

This move, announced soon after President Kiir's appointment of Awut Deng Acuil as the first woman to chair the governing body of a South Sudanese university, represents further progress for women in the country.

Awut Deng Acuil addressing the University of Bahr El-Ghazal

At the party’s first national conference, held in Juba, Machar said that “Women were with male soldiers in the front line...So let’s raise the bar to 40%. Officially, let’s put it in our resolutions that the affirmative action is going to be 40%”.

The five-day conference was attended by a total of 1,400 delegates from the 10 regional South Sudanese states and the three administrative areas.

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