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June 22, 2010 (AKON, Warrap) — South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Monday named seven women ministers in the new regional cabinet, 6 months into referendum.

Dr. Anne Itto Leonardo - Minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development (AP)The increment in the appointment of more female ministers in the new regional cabinet is viewed as presidential response to pledges made during election campaign rallies to increase women participation in the government at all levels if elected, to 30% from 25%.

Women participation in the SPLM led government of Southern Sudan, formed after the inked of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement saw representation of 25% stipulated in the deal.

Their struggles alongside men during war, won them wide spread recognition, that SPLM leadership formerly under late Dr. John Garang De Mabior vowed to incorporate them into all key decision making positions.

Salva Kiir Mayardit had in number of occasions, since becoming president of the semi autonomous regional government of southern Sudan, said he would only append his signature to approve any association or committee with women membership.

"I would only recognize any association that includes women as legal body. Therefore, I called on all government and private institutions ensure women participate in all functions and assignments without distinction on gender bases," President Kiir told mammoth crowd gathered to celebrate international women day in 2007 in Juba.

In a presidential decree appointing new cabinet on Monday, he named Deputy SPLM Secretary General for southern sector, Dr. Anne Itto Leonardo, former Western Equatoria State Governor, Juma Nunu Kumba, Awut Deng Achuil, Agnes Kwaje Lasuba, Dr. Priscilla Nyannyang, Ms. Mary Jervas Yak and Nyalok Tiong Gatluak as new women ministers.

More seats for women would be reserved in undersecretaries and directorates due to be formed and appointed soon after taking oath of the newly appointed ministers.

Nyandeng Chol Yak, a woman activist in Akon, Warrap State, lauded appointment made by the regional government, saying president Kiir is proofing his words.

"I thanked President Kiir for standing by his promises. This is the true leadership and I congratulate him for taking this decision in recognition of women role in development of the nation," said Ms. Yak.

Chol Deng Juac from Juba also told Sudan Tribune that appointment of more women into the cabinet shows commitment of the government of southern Sudan to fully implement pledges to increase their participation in key decision making positions.

"Women deserve such appointments because most of the victims during war were them and the children. Their roles have to be recognized and rewarded," said Juac congratulating president Kiir for formation of the new government.

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  • 23 June 2010 03:19, by Yai Marach

    President Kiir have one thing left to complete all his promises which he made during election campaign, the recognition of youth if there is any one who is very close to Mr President please pass my question to him which says where are the youth in this new cabinet?

    Thanks,

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    • 23 June 2010 03:44, by Dengtaath

      South Sudan desreve good governance, good government is a governing body that equalize all citizens. Women deserve to play role in any government positions. Kiir and his peers in the government have done good thing that every one can acknowledge. With exception of last general elections, I think Kiir is a good leader some how if not all the time. I also velue the question raised by "Yay Marach" about youth incorporation to the new government, Youth deserve representation too, is a good question.

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    • 23 June 2010 17:07, by Chest-out

      Evey human being posssses an ability to work but you the women should not thank Mr. President for your appointment but you have to state clearly and define what you can do to your Country and your people. We do not need you to mess up with public funds and make friendship with those big fishes in that ocean in the act of bribing them to defend your position. We want to see into it that you can prove the sense of motherhood like other women around the world by providing adequate services down to the needy ones who sent you there and this can be our pride.

      Prove the way you divided food among the family of ten people of which most of you have undergone during the war.

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    • 23 June 2010 17:11, by Ajuong

      Evey human being posssses an ability to work but you the women should not thank Mr. President for your appointment but you have to state clearly and define what you can do to your Country and your people. We do not need you to mess up with public funds and make friendship with those big fishes in that ocean in the act of bribing them to defend your position. We want to see into it that you can prove the sense of motherhood like other women around the world by providing adequate services down to the needy ones who sent you there and this can be our pride.

      Prove the way you divided food among the family of ten people of which most of you have undergone during the war.

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  • 23 June 2010 03:33, by Kuer Dau Apai

    Indeed, South Sudan government system is rushing to meet the world system of equity and equality in the government gender representation whereas the North Arabs’ government in its hundred years of ruling has never provided such requirements. This indeed reflects the big longing for the southerners to be given their separate leadership this time so that such important system should be introduced in the country.

    Besides all this nominations of women to the ministerial posts at this tough and rough time because of the predicted effects of the referendum that may or may not put the country back to war. The question is, are these women ready to serve in war when unexpected site of the CPA happen?

    I support the nominations and the participations of women in South Sudan politics and all affairs but prefer better after the referendum.

    Thank GoSS and Kiir Mayardit for such important nominations.

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    • 23 June 2010 07:51, by julius mowanga

      Mr Kuer Dau the ignorant;

      What do you know about Muslim women who rebelled against the nephew of Muhammad,Ali ibn Abu Talib?? and how you dare to compare the South Sudanese women who emerged very recently from the colonial and tribal slavery,including my own mother, to the modern women of the western world !? I lived in europe,USA and Canada but non of their women are wiser and more responsiple than ours in Africa...Please,stop hurting our feelings,african women are the only ones, who still preserves the genuine attitude of feminie partnership in the family accord worldwide.

      But if you hate Muslims or Islam,this board is not for that.ok?! we do support the freedom of faith regadless of the origeon of the dominions. But remember that i and the rest of the freedom fighters will not tolerate your passive comments,that are based on religious or faith grounds,because they are not human and against the aspiration of the people of SouthernSudan.

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  • 23 June 2010 03:43, by Kuer Dau Apai

    Hello Yai Marach, you should have read more on the current news from this site before you had posted your comment please!

    Look here! This the nominated minister for Youth Affairs:
    Mr. Makuac Teny Yok - Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation. Or do you want to be the one nominated for the position. Don’t blame the government when you are not keen enough to do so!!!

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  • 23 June 2010 04:06, by Kur

    The women of South Sudan have made a significant contribution in the struggle of our people. Therefore, they deserve everything that South Sudan can offer to her children. Thank you to our women. Your unrelentless support to the SPLA has made it possible for our soldiers to stand firm and fight for our freedom. God Bless you.

    Kur

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  • 23 June 2010 04:24, by Dinka Boy

    Dear Brothers/Sisters,

    We have to stopped rashing into issues. The article is about women’s ministry. Why do we mingle issues. I hope we habe never seen the militray formation here, governors, and commissioners. Only women the article is about women’s ministry.Period!

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  • 23 June 2010 04:42, by Bol Akoch Buoi

    Well, it is good to have women in the government but we also have to be careful in selecting them. The women have the same right like any citizens but they must be competent enough for job. They should not just be appointed base on gender-line, they must possessed some qualities and abilities competent enough for the job.I know women are good leaders, but our women need a lot more then what it is. Those appointed ministers deserve their position, no one have a problem with them. But the gender-line should not be used by women to get positions in government while they do not have the qualification to do the job. If we take education less value we will never make any changes in South Sudan, because I can see people with little education get good job then those with higher education which is not good at all.

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    • 23 June 2010 06:58, by Matot de Akech Matot

      Yeah u have right mr Bol Akoch .
      All in all we have to thinks first before making them to be a ministers post .Some of them are not qualified in getting post of ministers cabinet , if mr Kiir want them to pay why not he paying them before the taking this highest post of ministers rather than they gonna be stocking in offices doing nothing @ all . Any way let shall see what they are going to do i know our father mr Kiir he still removing them by all mean . God bless their works and i know fews of them are making development as women thinking always of development then we guys men .

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      • 23 June 2010 09:43, by RAHELA GARANG

        Hey Matot, I thing mr Kiir did not choose those ladies on his own, he probably knows them very well or through other colleagues.There is no way he would put them in the positions if they were not capable enough. I do not know what it takes to be a minister in South Sudan is it Education, Experience or personality? Most of us tend to look down on women as being uneducated and less qualified. But if we have to be very honest, it is not every Minister or MP in South Sudan that is educated/Qualified. There are just a handfull educated/qualified Ministers/mps. The trouble is, I can’t see any one working for the country, most people care only for themselves. Our country is vulnerable and needs transparency, honesty, self sacrifice. The question is, do we have people with those qaulities? For those not lucky to have been chosen, let’s give the lucky ones a chance and see what they can do and if it comes to your turn to serve the country you will show us what you’ve got. Congratulations to those beautiful ladies we are behind you any time you need our support, but not only during elections.

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    • 23 June 2010 07:58, by julius mowanga

      Achol Boui

      Have you ver questioned your mam; why she had conceived you? or Why she didn’t chose your gender as a girl,so that you can enjoy yourself prematurely??

      Wake up...and hold the door open to your sisters to lead you, ignorant boy eh?!

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      • 23 June 2010 08:53, by akoi

        recognisition of women by 30% from 25% is a good move mr President & u deserve the good credit to ur people but the formation of ur govt was not in proper channel.

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  • 23 June 2010 10:37, by Akuma

    What President Salva Kiir doing was just accommodating some women who are just wasting Southern Sudan money as they are using it to built their big houses and render outside the coutry. if President was trying to make women to be fully participate in decisions like other mens, he should not multiply the same people in the same ministry like the ministry of Labour and Public service of Madam Awout Achiel.

    I think the choice of President to name those women as ministers was just flashing posts.

    Dr. Akuma,
    USA

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  • 23 June 2010 10:38, by American Missile.

    Appointments is welcome but it is exclusion of youth in the Government,anyway let us them a benefit of doubts so that we can proves them wrong and rights.
    God bless you Mr.President.

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  • 23 June 2010 15:46, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

    Thanks to president Salva Kiir by putting much consideration on women of southern sudan.I know their[women] participation in war under the leadership of late Dr John Garang De-mabior.now they need to participate again in the current government educationally,because 25% now 30% can not be given to illitrated women.the big problem now in southern sudan,girls are reserved for marry,not for schools.please mr president make a change for women inorder to let them have their 25% to 30% of their share in the government.

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    • 23 June 2010 18:14, by mack waweru

      It’s high time now for Southerners to look ahead and put behind all that stuff. Better seek the appropriate name for our eminent state. Whether it’s to be called Nueristan, Baritan, Dinkatan, Colloatan, Lotukan, Nilotan or remains as south Sudan, New Sudan, whatever you think, etc.

      I hope our leaders and all southerners think on this issue of identity.

      Mack Awer

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