Women as Leaders & Political Participants in South Sudan 

In South Sudan, peace organisation PAX works with several organisations to strengthen women's leadership skills and to raise their participation in political decision-making and in handling security issues. This programme's long-term objective is to make women's lives safer and to increase their influence on political decision-making.

This programme took place from September 2012 until December 2015.

South Sudan has been independent since 2011. One of the country's important challenges is to create laws and a political system in which women can participate on all levels. This can guarantee respect for the safety, rights and priorities of men and women.


Anke Kluppels, Senior Programme Officer Gender, Peace and Security, kluppels(javascript needed for readable email)paxforpeace.nl

Activities & Results


Lobbying & Advocacy

With local organisations, we lobby leaders to influence policy in South Sudan and abroad. We lobby for the national and international gender frameworks to be adopted, used and respected by authorities, religious and traditional leaders. The objective is greater participation for women and attention for women's safety issues.



We stimulate contact between women in local, national and regional leadership positions by promoting solidarity among women. We promote linkages and partnerships between local civil society organisations, potential women leaders, women within the government and security sector, etc.


Training courses and coaching

We help South Sudanese organisations working to increase women's role in peace and security. We offer coaching and courses in practical skills such leadership skills and lobbying & advocacy. In training and coaching potential and existing women leaders, we increase opportunities for women in South Sudan to take part in political decision-making. We also work on increasing participation in and gaining better access to the security services.

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