– 25% representation of women in all positions of decision making has to be enshrined in the constitution and observed by all political parties in South Sudan. This is the opinion of the Youth Dialogue Forum in Jonglei State in South Sudan, which was held for the first time this July.
It has been exactly one month since The Oslo Center was in Cairo to hold a seminar about human rights to members of Shura Council. Since then the calm has been broken, and Egypt has been facing many protests and clashes.
The relationship has been tensed between President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar who stated that he wants to stand as head candidate for SPLM thus as presidential candidate for the elections in 2015.
It is uplifting that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will start this week. However, after several meetings with political leaders in the region past few weeks I am not surprised.
Overemphasizing on political competition is like balancing on one leg. Do it for too long and a democracy will be in trouble. That is why a vibrant, participatory and representative democracy must include the second leg, the leg of political cooperation .
Egypt has yet to find peace after the revolution in the beginning of 2011. Human Rights Watch is one of several organizations that have expressed their concern about the development and the plight of human rights. The Oslo Center is hosting a seminar for Egypt’s legislature next week.
Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik notices progress in consensus building in the Somali Parliament. He is optimistic after visiting Mogadishu.
Political parties and organizations need to have the capacity to both compete and cooperate. “Political Party Dialogue: A Facilitator’s Guide” – the utimate guidebook for organizing or taking part in political dialogues.
Efforts to create a permanent constitution for South Sudan have begun, but it has been difficult to initiate a process with broad participation from the civil society.