Since 2006, Women for Women International has served more than 15,000 women through our year-long program -- thanks to supporters like you. The peace that came with South Sudan’s 2011 independence has been short-lived. Civil war erupted in 2013 and a fragile negotiated peace collapsed in 2016.
The recent upsurge in conflict has swept through the area in which we are currently working, and in fall 2016, we had to halt our programs. We had continuously and cautiously monitored the security situation, standing at ready to resume our work with women. However, based on advice and assessments from our security team, other stakeholders, and NGOs in the region, Women for Women International has made the difficult decision to suspend our 12-month social and economic empowerment program in South Sudan in 2017.
Instead of implementing our program directly, we are actively looking for opportunities to work with other partners who are able to remain in-country and support their work with protecting women and combatting gender-based violence.
We fully intend to resume training once the environment allows communities to move about safely and come together without fear.