National Alliance for Women Lawyers (NAWL) is a non-partisan and not-for-profit nongovernmental organization operating in the Republic of South Sudan. The organization was formed by South Sudanese female lawyers in 2016 with the objective of promoting and protecting rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups. On the Board of Trustees are the following:
Ajo Noel Julious
Mr. Ajo Noel Julious Kenyi is a graduate of Uganda Christian University and Harvard Law School in the United States of America. He is the first South Sudanese Harvard Law graduate. He holds Bachelors of Laws degree with honors and a Master’s degree. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal practice from the Law Development Centre (LDC) Kampala Uganda, where he graduated as the best student and was awarded the Attorney General Award of academic excellence. He is currently the managing partner of Ajo & Co. Advocates, a law firm founded in 2013.
At the Bachelor of Laws Degree level (Baccalaureate), he was a Dean merit list scholar and an honors college resident scholar.
He serves as the Head of Department of Business Law and a senior lecturer at the University of Juba College of Law, where he also
He further lectures Legal Profession: Professional Ethics and Responsibility at the University.
Mr. Ajo served as the Company Secretary/Legal Manager for KCB Bank South Sudan limited and currently as the Company Secretary of Finance (SS) Ltd and sits in a number of Boards in South Sudan.
He advises many nongovernmental organizations in South Sudan.
As an expert on Corporate Governance, the number of companies both local and international that seek his legal services cannot be mentioned.
He further handles high profile cases. He was the lawyer for the former Political Detainees following the 2013 political showdown in Juba and saw them walk to freedom from detention. He has represented and continues to represent many entities and has retainers with different institutions including not-for-profit organizations.
Ms. Jackline Nasiwa holds a Bachelors of Laws Degree from Makerere University and a Master’s Degree in International Law from Oxford Brookes University, majoring in International Law and International Human Rights Law.
Ms. Nasiwa, given her command of English language and ability to adopt easily to changes and different cultures, has a passion for promoting gender inclusion and protection of women rights and rights of children and is a strong advocate of peace, transitional justice and good governance. She has strong international personal skills, leadership, communication skills and conflict resolution skills.
Ms. Nasiwa is an experienced international law lawyer, rule of law specialist and peace-building expert based in Juba, South Sudan.
As part of PILPG’s work in South Sudan through the SUCCESS Consortium, Ms. Nasiwa was PILPG’s South Country representative and Program Specialist providing technical assistance to South Sudanese civil society actors to more effectively engage in both formal and informal peace processes, including matters of transitional justice, traditional justice, constitutional development, good governance and civic engagement. She is also supporting women’s participation on political processes, including the peace process and constitutional development.
As PILPG’s in country representative in South Sudan Ms Jackline was overseeing PILPG programs and staff. Prior to joining PILPG, Ms. Nasiwa worked with the National Democratic Institute as the Senior Manager on Constitutional Development. She also has previous experience with the South Sudan Referendum Bureau, the International Development Law Organization, and the United Nations Development Program.
In October 2017, Ms. Jackline founded the Centre for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice (CIGPJ), a national nongovernmental organization that works for gender inclusion, peace building/reconciliation, access to justice and good governance.
Ms. Jackline has passion for women’s leadership in South Sudan and strives towards a society that values human dignity, women’s empowerment for development and founded on justice and rule of law.
Paleki Matthew Ayang
Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang is a talented lawyer and activist passionate about women’s rights and gender equality.
Previously, Mrs Ayang was the Executive Director of South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network (SSWEN), a national network that promotes gender equality and women’s rights, and aims to empower South Sudanese women to build peaceful societies in South Sudan. She currently
Also, Mrs Ayang sat on the advisory council to the Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General in South Sudan, and also served as a Gender Advisor to the United States Institute for Peace’s Peace Radio for Youth in South Sudan program. In 2013 she was elected as the Vice-Chair for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s Regional Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity and all forms of Discrimination. In March 2016, Ms. Ayang addressed the United Nations Security Council 7658th in an open debate on “The Role of Women in Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa”.
She is currently the National Gender Specialist with the United Nations Development Program.
As a prominent member of the South Sudan Law Society, Mrs Ayang has advised on human rights, media legislation, and constitution making. She has also published numerous papers and articles, as well as co-authored the book “My mother will not come to Juba – South Sudanese Debate the Constitution”. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and is a member of the South Sudan Transitional Justice Working Group.
In addition, Mrs Ayang is a member of the Global Women Waging Peace Network and also the Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in Peace Processes, a group of 20 Sudanese and South Sudanese peace-builders supported by the Institute for Inclusive Security, who advocate for women’s meaningful inclusion in peace processes in and between the two Sudans. In December 2016, she was appointed into the technical committee of the Commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) – constituted by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Mrs Ayang graduated from the University of Juba’s College of Law with Distinction in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Governance, Peace and Security Studies from the Africa Nazarene University (ANU). She is also a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) – President Obama’s flagship program – where she pursued the civic leadership track and underwent and extensive course on Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California – Berkley.
Atong Majok Kur Kuer
Atong Majok Kur Kuer is a talented young lawyer who is passionate about Human rights issues.
She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Media Authority, a statutory body tasked with regulating and promoting media in the country.
In addition to serving as a member of NAWL Board of Trustees, Atong’s other roles include Company Secretary at Liberty Commercial Bank (LCB), and facilitator at the National Transformational Leadership Institute (NTLI).
Previously before the independence of South Sudan Ms. Kuer was elected as a member of Sudan youth parliament, and in 2011 after the independence she was appointed as a member of South Sudan National Youth Union where she served as the Secretary for External Affairs.
In 2010 she was elected as the Secretary General of South Sudan Young Girls Welfare Organization.
Ms. Kuer Graduated in 2012 from Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology College of Law.
Nyagoah Tut Pur
Nyagoah Tut Pur is a South Sudanese lawyer with long experience in the human rights and public interest field. She is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM) at Harvard Law School.
Nyagoah has worked with Amnesty International as Campaigner for Sudan and South Sudan where she conducted research on human rights abuses and spearheaded campaigns to effect policy and human rights change on both countries. Her research and commentaries have appeared in a number of media outlets, including Al Jazeera, BBC, and TVC Africa.
Prior to joining Amnesty International, Nyagoah worked with South Sudan Law Society, a civil society organization based in South Sudan that works on access to justice, governance, and rule of law as the Advocacy Officer. She is also a member of the South Sudan Young Leaders Forum which comprises South Sudanese youth involved, leading and supporting peace, reconciliation, justice and state-building efforts.