About Women in South Sudan

Women care for 4 children on average

Average daily income is $0.27 at enrollment

41% have no formal education

The peace that came with South Sudan’s 2011 independence has been short-lived. Civil war erupted in 2013 and a fragile negotiated peace collapsed in 2016. Women for Women International has been working in South Sudan in various locations since 2006, before independence, and throughout the conflict.

The recent upsurge in conflict has swept through the area in which we are currently working, and in Autumn 2016, we had to halt our programmes. We had continuously and cautiously monitored the security situation, standing at the ready to resume our work with women.

However, based on advice and assessments from our security team, other stakeholders, and NGOs in the region, Women for Women International has made the difficult decision to suspend our 12-month social and economic empowerment programme in South Sudan in 2017.

Instead of implementing our programme directly, we are actively looking for opportunities to work with other partners who are able to remain in-country and support their work with protecting women and combatting gender-based violence.  

We fully intend to resume training once the environment allows communities to move about safely and come together without fear.

Click here to read our full statement regarding our decision to suspend our programme in 2017.  

South Sudan Story

Our Impact

Since 2006, Women for Women International – South Sudan has served more than 13,000 women through our year-long programme.

After graduating from our programme, women report positive changes in four key areas:

Women earn and save money: Women report average personal earnings of $0.76 per day at graduation, compared to $0.27 at enrollment.

Women develop health and well-being: 89 percent of participants report practising family planning at graduation, compared to 32 percent at enrollment.

Women influence decisions in the home and community: 90 percent of participants report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 59 percent at enrollment.

Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: 68 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to 12 percent at enrollment.

Learn about our programme, by reading about women like Regina have not lost hope. 

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