Inequality and injustice: The deteriorating situation for women and girls in South Sudan's war

This progressive gender analysis is based on a number of CARE’s rapid gender analyses in South Sudan conducted since December 2013 and focuses on gender-based violence. CARE's rapid gender analyses are designed as an incremental process: as more information about gender relations during the current crisis in South Sudan becomes available, the progressive gender analysis will be updated. It is hoped that this document will provide support for CARE staff members and other INGOs to ensure that the needs of women, men, boys and girls are taken into account as the humanitarian response continues to develop.

Key findings include:

  • An increase in sexual violence for all groups (girls, women, boys, men) since July 2016 but women and girls have been most affected.
  • Stigma remains extremely high for all forms of sexual violence and GBV.
  • Women continue to bear the largest burden for taking care of their household.
  • There are reports of forced recruitment of both boys and girls. It is expected that the recruitment and abduction of girls involves sexual violence. 
  • In Eastern Equatoria, child marriages have increased as a coping mechanism for the economic revival of families in crisis.
  • Countries: South Sudan
  • Published: December 2016

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