5 Reasons Why Our Women Still Lag Behind in South Sudan

The Rule of law has been in place since our country enacted its transitional constitution but customary laws have been the driving force killing the current. Women and minority cases which are largely discriminate against by the laws are the most affected. We look at 5 reasons why our mothers are not in the same level as our fathers.

1. Poor literacy level

Even though women makes 60% of the total population in South Sudan, about 16% are the females who are literate in the country.

2. Low educationSouth Sudanese women waving flags during independence celebration

The few or totally lack of schools within the country is to blame for women representation in general. South Sudan though still at infant stage,  the country has been embroiled in turmoils that do not encourage development or education.

According to stats, women occupy 33% in the South Sudan Legislative Assembly and about 28% are the State’s Legislative Assembly. Unfortunately, this cannot be deduced down to local levels of the government.

For instance, 1 out of 10 state governors is a female and there are 19 female state ministers of a possible 127 (approximately, it is 15%). Moreover, for example, there is only 1 female county commissioner among the 82 of Western Equatoria.

3. Lack of opportunities

Though the South Sudan transitional constitution grants women at least 25% at public, legislative and executive positions, still lack of opportunities causes numerable imbalances.

4.  History, Customs and traditions don’t favor

The major ethnic groups South Sudan such as Dinka and Nuer, they are regarded as source of income for the family. In addition, these male-dominated cultures, perceive women to be submissive and subservient to their in-laws and husbands.

‘House’ represents the overall role of women in South Sudan society. This therefore drift them of their social ranking.

5. Ignorance

Women generally in the jobs market rarely get the recognition, rewards or promotions even in institutions where they may have achieved the 25% threshold. As someone puts it, you can only take a donkey to a river but you cannot force it to drink, this is the same scenario on the women’s part in South Sudan.

As much as the government instil laws and other agencies create opportunities, these will also requires someone to come for them.

What do you think are the reasons facing our women and what do you think should be done? Share your thoughts below.


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