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.
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.