About Women in South Sudan

27% of parliamentary seats are held by women

81% of births are unattended

84% are illiterate

Following decades of civil war, South Sudan declared its independence and became the world's newest country in 2011. Yet, it has continued to be mired in violence. Patriarchal practices like early and forced marriage, coupled with the crippling effects of conflict, limit women's ability to obtain basic healthcare services, education, and their basic rights.

Yet women like Regina have not lost hope. With your help, the Women for Women International – South Sudan team provides our yearlong training program for women, as well as outreach efforts to engage men.

South Sudan Story

Our Impact

Since 2006, Women for Women International – South Sudan has served nearly 12,000 women through our yearlong program.

After graduating from our program, women report positive changes in four key areas:

Women earn and save money: Women report average personal earnings of $1.40 per day at graduation, compared to $0.72 at enrollment.
Women develop health and well-being: Nearly 93 percent of participants report practicing family planning at graduation, compared to 10 percent at enrollment.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: Nearly 98 percent of participants report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 87 percent at enrollment.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 57 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to 12 percent at enrollment.

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