n Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) - Patriarchy and customary law as major cogs in the wheel of women's peace building in South Sudan

Volume 5, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 2050-4276
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4284


Women's organizations have played critical roles in promoting inter-ethnic dialogue, providing innovative local solutions and ensuring that there are voices of reason and even protest when heightened pressure has been necessary. In the peace building arena, women are often more active through informal community structures that aim to ensure that women's rights and gender perspectives are incorporated into local programs. The minimal representation of women within political structures and leadership positions (at local, regional, state, and national levels) has led women's organizations to rely on extensive networks, strong advocacy skills and resourceful means of achieving their objectives. Yet, there are issues that have hindered the efforts of South Sudanese women in peace building, especially at the grassroots. Hence, using Molyneux's women's organizing theory, this study examines patriarchy and some aspects of customary laws which could mount road blocks in the way of sustainable peace building which women's organizations in South Sudan are clamouring for.

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