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No Safe Place: A Lifetime of Violence for conflict-affected Women and Girls in South Sudan

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As part of the What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls consortium, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University (GWI) and CARE International UK sought to obtain rigorous data on the prevalence, forms, and drivers of VAWG in South Sudan. The study used quantitative and qualitative…

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Women’s Rights in Jeopardy: The Case of War-Torn South Sudan

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This study asserts that women’s rights are far from being recognized in South Sudan despite its efforts to include the rights of women in the Transitional Constitution after its attainment of independence from Sudan in 2011. While the article acknowledges the traditional modernization theory and cultural sovereignty theory, it engages international human rights standards as…

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Gender Norms, Conflict, and Aid – briefing note

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This briefing note explores the interaction between gender norms of masculinities and femininities, and capacities for peace and conflict in areas that are receiving assistance. The aim of the research on which this publication is based on is to better understand how gender norms, including violent notions of masculinity and gender inequality in Greater Lakes…

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South Sudan’s 2015 Peace Agreement and Women’s Participation

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This paper examines the extent to which women’s issues are addressed in the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. It contends that while women’s issues are provided for in some parts of the agreement, opportunities for the inclusion of women were limited by the structure of the…

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“Only the person who wears the shoes knows where the shoes pinch”: Reworking bottom-up approach in South Sudan

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Women’s organizations in South Sudan embrace ‘bottom-up’ approach (Annuka, 2015), to peace building, while also pushing for minimum 25% percent quota (Itto, 2006: 58) and later 30% quota (Aweil james Ajith, 2013; Case, 2016) at the decision making levels as stipulated in the constitution of the country. Many of these organizations are off-shoots of women’s…

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Protracted Conflict and Development in South Sudan: A Feminist Analysis of Women’s Subjugation in the Making of a Nation

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Protracted conflict and development in South Sudan: A feminist analysis of women’s subjugation in the making of a nation argues that international interventions in South Sudan from the period of British colonization to present day South Sudan perpetuate and [re]inscribe formations of women’s oppression and agency. Foreign presence affects identity constructions, conflict, and governance. I…

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Gendered (In)security in South Sudan: Masculinities and Hybrid Governance in Imatong State

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Based on a study carried out in 2013, prior to the country’s relapse into large-scale violence, this article discusses gendered insecurity and agency among the Latuko in Imatong state. In response to their sense of insecurity, the Latuko have developed security arrangements that represent forms of hybrid security governance. Using a notion of masculinity, the…

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Gender Norms, Conflict, and Aid

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This report explores the interaction between gender norms of masculinities and femininities, and capacities for peace and conflict in areas that are receiving assistance. The aim of the research is to better understand how gender norms, including violent notions of masculinity and gender inequality in Greater Lakes State and Western Equatoria State may be affecting:…

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Inequality and injustice: The deteriorating situation for women and girls in South Sudan’s war: A Progressive Gender Analysis: 2013 – 2016

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This Progressive Gender Analysis is based on a number of CARE’s Rapid Gender Analyses which have been conducted since December 2013 and focuses on Gender-based Violence. This Rapid Gender Analyses are designed as an incremental process: as more information about gender relations during the current crisis in South Sudan becomes available, it will be further…

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Violence Begets Violence: Justice and Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Offences in South Sudan Gender – Based Offences in South Sudan

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The mass coverage of rape and other – related offences since the start of the conflict in South Sudan in December 2013 has highlighted the horrific scale of civilian abuse, shedding a much needed gender perspective onto violence dynamics in the country. Detailed accounts of sexual violence at the hands of South Sudan’s warring parties…

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Policy brief: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Unity State, South Sudan

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This policy brief is produced in cooperation between University for Peace (UPEACE) Centre The Hague, the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) and PAX. It examines sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Unity State, South Sudan, and offers a number of policy options to help reduce the use of SGBV as a weapon of war in…

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Situation Assessment of Children and Women in South Sudan

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Like children all over the world, the children of South Sudan deserve the chance to be happy and healthy, explore their world safely, and reach their full potential. There is a strong desire among children and young people in the country to be educated, to have opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, and to live in a…

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Masculinity and Peacebuilding: A Policy and Programming Agenda

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This policy briefing summarises the key findings and recommendations of a longer research report, ‘Masculinities, conflict and peacebuilding: Perspectives on men through a gender lens’. Taken together, these publications aim to move forward discussions about integrating a masculinities perspective into peace-building policy and practice by surveying the current state of play and posing key questions about how peacebuilders can meaningfully challenge gender norms which create and perpetuate conflict and insecurity. Saferworld hopes that this briefing and the accompanying report will provide a useful opportunity for donors, policymakers, civil society organisations, and academics to consider the implications of current knowledge about masculinities and conflict for their work.

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Masculinity, Conflict and Peace Building: Perspective of Men Through a Gender Lens

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This report aims to advance discussions about integrating a masculinities perspective into peacebuilding policy and practice. It examines existing programmes that promote non-violent and gender equitable masculinities and poses key questions about how these can be further developed to challenge the gender norms which drive conflict and insecurity.

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Committee for National Healing Peace and Reconciliation Press Release

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This document contains reports of CNHPR activities, including a two day Women Consultation Workshop, preparations for peace in the Greater Yirol and the coming together of Dinka and Nuer pastors. The Women Consultation was organised by the Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR) in collaboration with South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission (SSPRC)…

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A Strategy for Achieving Gender Equality in South Sudan

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This study seeks to examine how structural factors, customary laws and traditional practices, and economic hardships shape women’s status and hinder their effective participation in leadership positions in South Sudan. By doing so, the study identifies some of the socio-cultural, economic, legal, educational and political conditions, which lead to gender inequality in South Sudan. It…

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Citizens’ Dialogues on the Constitution Conducted in the Ten States of the Republic of South Sudan

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This document reports from citizens’ dialogues on the constitution review process in all ten states of South Sudan in 2013. In addition to the constitutional dialogues, marginalised groups were also supported to organise discussions to analyse the Transitional Constitution and put forward recommendations and amendments towards a future constitution that is sensitive to, and promotes…

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Opportunities for Gender Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan

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This Policy Brief explores the nexus of gender justice and reconciliation in South Sudan. It addresses women’s historical engagement in reconciliation processes in South Sudan at the grassroots and national levels and highlights their achievements to date. It then discusses the challenges to inclusion South Sudanese women face, as well as current opportunities to achieve…

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Youth culture, refugee (re)integration, and diasporic identities in South Sudan

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Based on fieldwork conducted among young South Sudanese refugees in Egypt and Uganda and returnees in South Sudan, this essay examines the various identities and cultural orientations imported and reconstructed by returnee youth now living in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, after years of exile. Download

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