The WPHF will help to ensure women in South Sudan receive their fair share of peace dividends, enhance their recovery and improve their vital contributions to state and community rebuilding efforts.

The Added Value of the WPHF

In South Sudan, the WPHF aims to support CSOs to break down barriers to women’s effective participation in peacebuilding programs.


The people of South Sudan have been beset by crises since the country won independence in 2011, with escalating humanitarian, socio-economic and political consequences following the onset of conflict in December 2013. What started as a political dispute between factions of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) devolved into large-scale armed violence that drove a grave humanitarian crisis across the country.

The Issue

Women and children in South Sudan continue to be disproportionately affected. In addition to the loss of livelihoods and family members, women and children are subjected to harrowing atrocities including rape, abduction, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) against women and girls— including rape perpetrated by soldiers in uniform—is widespread. A culture of impunity has become systemic in the absence of political and institutional commitment to hold the perpetrators of abuses to account.

Complementarities & Partnerships

Although South Sudan has translated the UNSCR 1325 framework into a National Action Plan (NAP), the country’s national gender machinery lacks the adequate resources and capacity to carry out its mandate of coordinating and monitoring the NAP’s effective implementation. While South Sudan has a large number of CSOs, only a few have grown their organizational strengths and technical capacity to participate in peacebuilding initiatives.

Although women’s networks and coalitions played a significant role in shaping peace talks during the negation phase, the majority of women’s organization are weak, divided and lack funding to execute their programming. There is an urgent need to support capacity of women CSOs to enhance their engagement in the implementation of transitional peace arrangements and to ensure the amplification of the most marginalized women’s voices.

In South Sudan, the WPHF will specifically focus on:

  1. Enhancing women’s quantitative and qualitative inclusion in post-agreement mechanisms and promoting gender-balanced implementation of the various pillars of the peace agreement.
  2. Improving peacebuilding policy and programming decision-making to address the dire needs of women and lay the groundwork for developing the capacities of women to recover from conflict.
  3. Providing technical expertise that will empower women to participate effectively in peacebuilding planning and implementation in sectors such as security, judiciary and economic recovery.

Funding Needs

$2,000,000 over 2 years

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