No Standing, Few Prospects: How Peace is Failing in South Sudanese Female Combatants and WAAFG

Monday, September 1, 2008
Eastern Africa

A joint publication from the Geneva Call and the Small Arms Survey, documents the range of contributions that women made to the southern rebellion, including as combatants and in many support roles, both voluntary and coerced. It also reports on the vulnerabilities women faced during the conflict, especially to sexual violence, and the failure of the Government of Southern Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) to address the needs of these women through disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes to date, despite stated commitments.

The lessons learned from this research on women's roles and experiences within the SPLA will help to inform Geneva Call's engagement strategies with armed non-State actors for the observance of humanitarian norms.

Based on interviews, focus groups, research and analysis conducted by Geneva Call, the report is the 13th Issue Brief from the Small Arms Survey's Sudan Human Security Baseline Assessment (HSBA) project.

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No Standing, Few Prospects, 2008