Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan – the UN Women response to gender alerts.

Working with national partners and UNESCO – the measures taken by The UN Women in South Sudan, to engage women in peace and security, support their economic empowerment, and establish their position in governance and leadership.

As part of a holistic, community-focused approach, UN Women is, among other things, supporting the construction of eight Women’s Empowerment Centres. It is also partnering with Skills for South Sudan to provide adult functional literacy programmes in these districts. See for yourself the impact these efforts are already having in two communities of the Western Equatoria state.

Bio: South Sudan, May 2014
Since the initial eruption of violence in December 2013, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated sharply in South Sudan. An estimated 959,000 people are internally displaced (of which 192,000 are in inaccessible areas) with an additional 293,000 refugees in neighbouring countries. As of yet, there is no reliable disaggregation of these figures based on sex and age.

The ongoing humanitarian response to the South Sudan crisis is challenged by many factors including the inadequate integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment as a central tenet in the overall response.

Although there is an understanding in principle of the distinct and separate needs of women, girls, boys and men of the affected population, many challenges exist with regards to undertaking specific gender and vulnerability analysis and implementing informed interventions.

The UN Women – committed to the realisation of a peaceful, just and prosperous South Sudan
Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment begins with participation. Women and girls continue to struggle to make their voices heard and are increasingly marginalized by the overall humanitarian response. This is despite the fact that majority of the displaced people are women and children, and in some sites female-headed households far outnumber male-headed households. Leadership structures remain male dominated so that any of the community consultations on needs identification and programme planning that do take place therefore mostly neglect the specific concerns, priorities, and solutions for women and girls.

Data: UN Women & Inter-Agency Standing Committee (ISAC), press release, May 2014.


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