Bringing Women to the Table in South Sudan
Following the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan in 2011, SOS Sahel, an international NGO
working in partnership with local groups, implemented a resource-based conflict reduction program providing women and youth with natural resource management and conflict resolution skills. Women pastoralists in the region have a reputation for being extremely influential as peacebuilders, but they had been excluded from decision-making processes. SOS Sahel engages women and marginalized groups, encouraging traditional leaders to incorporate them into formal decision-making processes. Through education tools and sessions provided to women in the communities, steering groups with women representatives were developed, and community structures were registered as legal bodies in accordance with Sudanese regulations.