Statement of the Chairpersons of the Women, Peace and Security Working Group calling on all the parties to include at least 35 % women in the formation of an inclusive Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan (R-TGoNU).
The representations of Norway and Sweden in South Sudan, in our capacity as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Women, Peace and Security Working Group (WPSWG) which includes representations of the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, the European Union, IGAD, RJMEC, NCAC, CTSAMVM, UNMISS and UN agencies write to echo the voices calling for the implementation and honoring of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict (R-ARCSS) in South Sudan.
With the expected formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan (R-TGoNU), this statement serves as a call to all the political parties signatory to the R-ARCSS to honor the provisions that promote women’s participation in governance - at all levels and in all decision-making bodies. This is in line with key frameworks like the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and its subsequent resolutions.
We particularly call on all the parties to implement the commitment in the R-ARCSS of participation of at least 35 % women at all levels since the representation of women is key for an inclusive implementation of the R-ARCSS and for promoting sustainable peace and development in South Sudan.
Research shows that peace agreements tend to last longer if women are included in the processes that led to the development of the agreement and in its implementation. Women bring to the table a diversity of voices and experiences; they bring their unique leadership approach and their focus on education, reconciliation and economic development, all of which are critical for lasting peace. For the R-ARCSS to hold, South Sudanese women need to be meaningfully included in all aspects of its implementation.
WPSWG reaffirms its commitment to advocating on the need for gender equality and women’s empowerment and to support the people of South Sudan in initiatives to fulfil this mandate. The women of South Sudan have been at the forefront of calling for peace, in mediating conflicts at different levels and in sustaining families through serious hardships. We believe the upcoming transitional government will benefit greatly by having women as an equal part of it. We will continue to express our firm commitment to the achievement of gender equality in South Sudan.
The Women, Peace and Security Group is a group that was formed in July 2018 to improve coordination between key donors, actors in institutions established under the R-ARCSS and UN agencies to improve and support the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) and subsequent resolutions in South Sudan. The overall goal of the group is to consolidate financial, technical and advocacy resources to advance the cause of women, peace and security in South Sudan.