Protocol watch

South Sudan

South Sudan did not ratify the Maputo Protocol, but signed it on January, 2013. 

  • Labour Act of 2017: “South Sudan enacted a comprehensive Labour Act in 2017, which reinforced the right to equal remuneration for work of equal value as guaranteed by the constitution. The right to nondiscrimination in the field of employment has been give effect by the provisions of the Labour Act of 2017. Section 6(1) of the Labour Act provides that ‘No person shall discriminate, directly or indirectly, against an employee or job applicant in any work policy or practice’. Section6(2) also forbids discrimination by any Trade Union, Employers Association or Federation. Section 6(3) defines discrimination as ‘any distinction, exclusion or preference with the effect of nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity or treatment inemployment or occupation’ based on a series of grounds including sex and pregnancy or childbirth.”
  • Land Rights: “Women’s right to own property and inherit their husbands’ estates are guaranteed by the Transitional Constitution (2011:Article 16.5).”
  • With the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in September 2018 and which substantively 29 guaranteed 35 per cent women’s representation across the pre-transitional institutions, South Sudanese women leaders have more doors open for them to contribute to nation building.”
  • The Political Parties Act of 2012 also seeks to secure women’s rights to equal participation with men in political and public life.
  • National Action Plan for the Implementation of UNSCR1325 for the period 2015–2020.