Gender and Statebuilding in South Sudan

Special Report

Authored by: Nada Mustafa Ali

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Economic Participation, Human Development, Political Transitions, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: South Sudan
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2011
Citation: Ali, Nada Mustafa. Special Report: Gender and Statebuilding in South Sudan. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2011.

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Executive Summary

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 as a means to overturn years of conflict and marginalization. Gender equality is essential to building a strong and equitable economy and to ensuring a functional state that maximizes the full potential of all South Sudanese. The report is based on field research in Juba in February 2011 as well as previous and follow-up research by the author. It examines the risks and opportunities associated with gender and state building in South Sudan, analyzes priorities that South Sudanese women interviewees identified, and recommends ways to make the new state responsive to and reflective of the needs of all South Sudanese women and men.