Women for Women International Announces Ongoing Support for Women of South Sudan

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Organization has helped over 3,000 women in South Sudan and is expanding its efforts to help provide agriculture opportunities and income generation.

Women are victims of violence but they are also drivers of change. Women need to be a part of efforts to address the violence as they play a crucial role in rebuilding life for their families and communities.

Women for Women International announced today their continued support for the women of South Sudan, who have been deeply affected by ongoing violence and growing food insecurity, and for efforts to establish lasting peace in the war-torn region.

Women for Women International’s Executive Director of Global Programs, Karen Sherman, said, “Women are victims of violence but they are also drivers of change. Women need to be a part of efforts to address the violence as they play a crucial role in rebuilding life for their families and communities.”

Women for Women International, which has been working in South Sudan since 2006, is an organization dedicated to helping women – particularly widows, single heads of households, returnees, and refugees – struggling to rebuild their lives after decades of civil war and instability. In South Sudan, women in particular continue to be targets in ongoing tribal and intercommunal violence, which threatens their safety and limits their ability to produce food or earn an income to support their families.

In addition to the ongoing violence, women in South Sudan are facing a growing food crisis that is expected to affect more than half the country’s population this year. In 2008, Women for Women International developed a 90-hectare cooperative farm in Pacong, South Sudan to enable women to produce more food for their families and communities and to generate income. Since then, they have trained over 3,000 women in sustainable agriculture practices and have recently opened an additional 20 hectares of the farm for cultivation, increasing food security for the women farmers and improving their livelihoods.

Since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, the country still struggles with ongoing violence, food insecurity, and minimal government capacity, hindering prospects for stability. Women for Women International believes the women of South Sudan will be essential to building a peaceful future, and will launch a campaign this summer to further their support and commitment to South Sudanese women. Women for Women International’s programs in South Sudan include direct financial aid, rights awareness classes, vocational and business skills training, and emotional support, thereby promoting viable civil societies.

For nearly two decades Women for Women International has been helped over 317,000 women survivors of war to move from crisis and poverty, to stability and self-sufficiency in eight countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and the DR Congo. Women for Women International hopes that bringing increased attention to the challenges facing the women of South Sudan will renew efforts to build stable, peaceful communities in ways that incorporate women.

More details can be found at http://www.womenforwomen.org.

Media wishing to contact Women for Women International should email: nhewitt(at)womenforwomen(dot)org.

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