RDAA is Empowering women survivors of Conflict Related Sexual Violence through Livelihood and Psychosocial Support in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan
Source of Funding: European Union (EU)
Implementing partners: RDAA, OHCHR /UNMISS and UNOPS.
As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan faces massive challenges. Since its inception, severe underdevelopment, recurring conflict, food insecurity, corruption, and poverty have crippled the country. In addition to these challenges, aspects of South Sudanese society enable an environment in which women and girls are generally viewed as commodities.
The conflict has taken a heavy toll on civilians, especially women, who have witnessed and suffered many types of abuses including the death of loved ones, loss of property, physical and psychological violence, including of sexual nature, and displacement. Many have become heads of household, taking on the responsibility of providing for their family. At times, they struggle balancing their personal ambitions and needs to, for example, receive health care or learn a new skill, with the pressure to fulfil multiple roles and expectations as providers, mothers and members of communities.
The project aims to empower 40 women who have been subjected to conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) to rebuild their lives and to address the trauma associated to the conflict. Specific interventions include the provision of psychosocial counselling and livelihood skills which are tailored to the specific wishes, vision and needs of the women themselves, in line with the survivor-centered approach. Through this project, women who have experienced sexual violence are reclaiming their lives and acquiring the tools to contribute meaningfully to their families and their communities in Ezo county, Andari payam Naandi Payam and Tombura county. The project also promotes interactive community dialogues, including survivors’ families, aimed at transforming gender unequal relationships and eliminating stigma associated to sexual violence.
The governor of Western Equatoria State, Hon. Alfred Futuyo Karaba has welcomed the project expressing his gratitude to the European Union, and the implementing partners. He acknowledged that “all women throughout the state of WES have suffered during the war”, adding that interventions like the one funded by the European Union are very much needed across the state to support the reintegration of conflict-affected population into their communities.
The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and UNOPS