In South Sudan, women and girls lack decision-making power at household and community levels. Additionally, women and girls are highly vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV). They are targeted for rape, abduction, forced marriage and sexual slavery. Even in their homes, women and children are often subject to acts of GBV perpetrated by their husbands and fathers. Women’s vulnerability to GBV is increased by on-going insecurity, environmental stress, and male gender norms that equate power over women with masculinity. IDPS and female headed households face unique risks of GBV and sexual exploitation due to limited security caused by poor living conditions, the requirement to undertake risky livelihood practices to survive, and limited social protection. The risk of GBV exacerbates women and girls’ already vulnerable condition resulting from their lack of voice and participation, unequal care burden, less access to food than men, limited income generating opportunities and little to no control over assets and earned resources.
At UNYDA, our Gender Justice program addresses the causes and consequences of gender inequality. While we believe gender inequality is detrimental for everyone, we focus particularly on the needs of women who have traditionally had difficulty accessing justice.
We recognize the need for gender mainstreaming across all the programs with a view of full, equal and effective participation of women.
We emphasizes the vital roles of women in preventing and resolving conflict and peace-building
Through Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology, we target female and male in the household in order to increase gender awareness and cooperation. This encourages life planning to improve gender relations, cooperation, and livelihoods within the household and focuses on recognizing contributions of each member and arriving at a balanced approach to household (or farm) management and access to resources.
We collaborate with other agencies to commemorate International Women’s Day and participate in all other gender justice campaigns.
We further enhance capacity development in order to ensure our activities are gender sensitive and responsive to different needs of women and men.
Education indicators in South Sudan remain grim as the years of conflict have taken a serious toll on the education of boys, girls and youth. In South Sudan, over 1 million children continue to be out of school despite Government and partners efforts to intervene in education!
UNYDA has been at the forefront of efforts to improve education in Upper Nile South Sudan (both formal and informal) by way of improving the general education environment (including sanitation and hygiene), strengthening local education structures and actors, as well as working closely with the County Education Departments on matters like distribution of scholastic materials for teachers and learners.
More importantly, we continue to provide responsive and timely life skills and psycho social support to growing numbers of teachers, school children and youth.