Since 2006, Women for Women International - South Sudan has reached more than 17,900 women through our work.

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Country Profile - South Sudan

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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.

About the women we work with in South Sudan


of women in the programme have some primary school education


is the median age of women in the programme


of women in the programme are married

Photo: Charles Lomodong
Photo: Charles Lomodong

Recent upsurge in conflict

Since 2016, there has been an upsurge in conflict that reached the area where we work. Due to the security situation, Women for Women International made the difficult decision to suspend activities later that year, for the safety of the women we serve and our country staff. We have now resumed work in South Sudan to continue supporting women living in conflict.

Our return to South Sudan

Reopening in the middle of conflict comes with challenges: to meet the community’s specific needs, we innovated and adapted our programme for the current situation, to bring women the right tools and skills to strengthen them.

In 2020 we were able to resume our full year-long Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme. Our global staff looks forward to the future of our youngest country office. The power of women in South Sudan is unparalleled though conflict continues to rack the nation. When women have the tools to connect with each other and harness their inner power, they become an unstoppable force for change. 

Nema at her shop. Photo: Women for Women International
Nema at her shop. Photo: Women for Women International

Read Nema's Story

When conflict broke out in Nema's hometown in 2016, she and her family were forced to move, displaced within the country. Life became harder, from struggling to find food for her children or pay their school fees, to losing her business capital.

Then, in 2019, Nema joined our programme. She gained the skills, knowledge and resources she needed to rebuild her life and fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

Photo: Tadej Znidarcic

Regina's STORY

"I will continue mobilising other women in the community in utilising the lessons I have learned, and I hope many more of them will be part of the training."

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Women for Women International was founded in 1993 by Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah to offer financial and emotional support to women displaced by the Bosnian War.

In 2016, the Žene za Žene International Association of Sarajevo was established as an autonomous, locally registered sister organisation to continue its work independently. 

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