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Challenges to Security, Livelihoods, and Gender Justice in South Sudan: The situation of Dinka agro-pastoralist communities in Lakes and Warrap States

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In South Sudan, widespread euphoria following independence in July 2011 has given way to disappointment that expected peace dividends have not materialised. Many South Sudanese are experiencing insecurity, a lack of access to basic services, and increasing inequalities. Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in remote border areas are particularly affected by insecurity and by a lack…

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“This Old Man Can Feed Us, You Will Marry Him”: Child and Forced Marriage in South Sudan

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This report examines child and forced marriage in South Sudan. The report suggests that child marriage has a significant negative impact on women and girl’s realization of key human rights, including their rights to health and education, physical integrity and the right to marry only when they are able and willing to give their free…

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Gender and Statebuilding in South Sudan

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Part of a series of U.S. Institute of Peace reports on state building in South Sudan, this report asserts that equality between women and men and among women—as well as women’s security, economic empowerment, and meaningful participation—should be central benchmarks to state building in South Sudan, not only as a matter of principle, but also…

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The UN Mission and Local Churches in South Sudan: Opportunities for Partnerships in Local Peacebuilding

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This document (2011) argues that the new UN mission would benefit from partnering with local churches to improve the impact of local peacebuilding initiatives in South Sudan. It looks for comparative advantages of both UNMIS and local churches. Download  

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Combatting Gender-Based Violence in the customary Courts of South Sudan

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This report  (2011) summarizes the approach, methodology, results and recommendations of a recent study on the administration of justice for GBV cases in the customary courts of South Sudan. The study is not an attempt to document customary laws or an anthropological study on culture, but instead captures actual results and punishments for GBV, documents…

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“We want empowerment for our women”: Transnational Feminism, Neoliberal Citizenship, and the Gendering of Women’s Political Subjectivity in Postconflict South Sudan

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Following the signing of a 2005 peace agreement, connections between South Sudanese women in the diaspora and at “home” reveal new and gendered forms of female political subjectivity, citizenship, and activism. This article explores the emergence of transnational women’s organizing efforts through a focus on a 2008 conference held in Juba, South Sudan, and hosted…

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Key Indicators for Southern Sudan, 2010

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This document is intended as a quick reference to available statistical information on Southern Sudan. Additional information on all the included indicators as well as others are available on www.ssccse.org or on request from the Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation (SSCCSE) now the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The NBS hopes that…

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The Politics of Women’s Representation in Sudan: Debating Women’s Rights in Islam from the Elites to the Grassroots

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This report explores Sudanese elite women’s perceptions of gender equality and to what extent they represent grassroots women’s priorities and attitudes. Download

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Displaced Persons’ Perceptions of Human Rights in Southern Sudan

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This article from 2009 describes an ethnographic research study on IDPs’ perceptions of Human Rights conducted in Southern Sudan. The specific aim of the research was to gather local voices and deepen understanding about the social context that influences gender relationships prior to planning community initiatives that address violence against women and advance women’s health…

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Gendered Citizenship in Sudan: Competing Perceptions of Women’s Civil Rights within the Family Laws among Northern and Southern Elites in Khartoum

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In Sudan, family laws are formed and applied by the religious communities – Islamic, Christian and traditional African beliefs -creating a gendered citizenship that has led to the absence of ‘equality before the law’ not only between men and women in general but also between Sudanese women across religious and tribal affiliations. In contrast to…

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No Standing, Few Prospects: How Peace is Failing South Sudanese Female Combatants and WAAFG

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Based on recent interviews and focus groups with a wide range of stakeholders in South Sudan, this Issue Brief (2008) provides a preliminary review of the roles of Southern women and girls in the Sudanese conflict, the specific threats they faced, and their involvement in and contribution to the CPA. Download

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Who Wants to Return Home? A Survey of Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

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This article reports from surveys that were administered to 235 South Sudanese refugees living in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, with the goal of better understanding some of the psychological factors related to refugees’ desire to return home. Download

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