Global Resources

Opportunities for gender justice and reconciliation in South Sudan

Author: F. Bubenzer, E. Lacey
Publisher: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa
Publication Date: Jan 2013

This policy brief explores the nexus of gender justice and reconciliation in South Sudan. It addresses women’s historical engagement in reconciliation processes in the country at grassroots and national levels, and highlights their achievements to date. It then discusses the challenges to inclusion South Sudanese women face, as well as current opportunities to achieve true reconciliation by actualising gender justice and equality – particularly through effective integration of women into the peace and reconciliation process.

The publication concludes with a set of recommendations to civil society, community leaders, and the government. The following are among the recommendations and suggested interventions:

To the Government of South Sudan:

  • Focus on gender reconciliation and restorative justice as a means of helping women to transcend their trauma and rebuild their lives and relationships.
  • Initiate a national acknowledgement-of-harm-and-wrong-done campaign, to ensure that all South Sudanese citizens feel acknowledged for their contribution and sacrifice in the pursuit of an independent South Sudan.

To Civil Society:

  • Design a mechanism allowing women in distant/remote women’s groups to share and document their experiences. For example, in Uganda, the Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (WICCE) set up three rural information units equipped with reading material, a tape recorder and tapes, for women to record both human rights violations and community success stories.
  • Train citizens to access and add data to the South Sudan Protection Cluster situation map, and create categories of violations, including gender-based violence (GBV) and other crimes.