After a long and brutal civil war, South Sudan voted in early 2011 to secede from Sudan.
The International Rescue Committee has been in the region for over 20 years and will continue providing the South Sudanese with urgent supplies and services and ongoing development initiatives to build the foundations for a safe, healthy and successful nation.
The IRC empowers survivors of sexual violence to express their concerns and provides medical, psychological, social and legal support.
This film was produced by our Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer Euan Robinson while in South Sudan in February 2012. We are expanding our work with women across South Sudan and have recently launched new programmes, including Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA). VSLAs are designed to give women the opportunity and skills to work together to improve their control over financial resources, start small businesses and plan for their future. We also organise discussion sessions with men and key decision-makers in the household to start to change the power dynamics between men and women and put women in control of their own lives.
“It is good to have a new nation, we are expecting that in the new South Sudan women will be upgraded so that our voices will be heard.”
Woman member of Village Savings and Loan Association, Rumbek, South Sudan
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