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Women, Peace and Security: Barometer Report South Sudan

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With this report we share security needs and perspectives of local women in South Sudan and use this report to show their findings and recommendations.

Three women smiling holding bright green watercans on their heads
Women farmers with water cans, South Sudan. Image: Rieneke de Man.

Sexual and Gender-based violence has been widespread and used as a weapon of war in South Sudan. While the precise number of incidents remains unknown, it is clear that sexual violence has increasingly become normalised on both the local level and in higher political forums. In addition, harmful gender norms and traditions limit the meaningful participation of women which further compromises the effectiveness of peacebuilding processes. With the Barometer on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), we aim to adopt a bottom-up approach to security and peace that is in line with the priorities of women who are most exposed to the realities of (S)GBV and conflict-related violence. 

This 2022 report was developed as part South Sudan Women Empowerment Project (SSWEP) funded by the European Union.