This policy paper highlights opportunities to engage women at the local level to address community conflict issues, promote peace, and empower women as agents of change in South Sudan. It follows the analysis and findings of Search for Common Ground’s November 2017 Building a Constituency for Peace in South Sudan, which examined annual data on conflict perceptions and attitudes collected over a four-year span illuminate various opportunities for actors interested in peace to constructively engage. This locally conducted research leverages experiences and expertise from South Sudanese women, as well as analysis and recommendations from South Sudanese practitioners and scholars working to build peace in the country.
Dominic Iyaa is a South Sudanese Policy Research Fellow with Search for Common Ground, based in Juba. He served as lead researcher, interviewing over a dozen South Sudanese women to provide insights for thispaper, conducting interviews with civil society and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs)based in Juba and other urban towns, gathering insights from South Sudanese practitioners and scholars that participated in learning exchanges focused on local level peacebuilding in the country, and drawing on additional desk research and programmatic data.