This policy brief discusses the need to pay more attention to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Republic of South Sudan and outlines challenges that need to be addressed within communities, and at national government and international levels. It outlines a need for policies that, through national and local processes, can help open up dialogue between policymakers and citizens to ensure SGBV is an issue of priority at the national level.
The research for this publication was carried out by our partner organisation South Sudan Democratic Engagement, Monitoring and Observation Programme (SSuDEMOP) with support from Conciliation Resources. SSuDEMOP is a national civil society organisation that was founded in 2009 and works on governance and democracy, conflict mitigation and gender mainstreaming. In the work that SSuDEMOP does, SGBV has been identified as one of the factors that impedes women’s participation in national development.