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2011 | A.K. Lowenstein - Gender-based violence in Southern Sudan: Justice for women long overdue

This article contains a study about the extent and the sources of gender-based violence in South Sudan and analyzes the ability of gender-based violence survivors to secure justice. The study shows that five years after the official end of the civil war, gender-based violence remains prevalent in South Sudan. Indeed, gender-based violence has become more frequent and women are now targeted during violent inter-ethnic conflict. According to the study the LRA, SPLA (armed forces) and SPSS (security forces) are responsible. The South Sudanese and international community, however, have not been able to protect these women or hold the perpetrators responsible.

Part two gives an account of the extent and types of violence to which these women fall victim and explains the sources of the violence against women. The author draws attention to the evidence that women are being targeted and the few resources that are provided for women to protect themselves or receive help as a survivor.

Part three focuses on the barriers to women seeking justice. These barriers are cultural (the marginalized role of women), legal (discriminative laws and few legal rights) and systematic (lack of infrastructure and government resources).