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This report is the result of a short-term study on the traditional and changing roles of gender and women in peace-building. The study involved field research in five locations (Aweil, Bentiu, Bor, Rumbek, and Torit). The purpose of the study is to research how the traditional and changing roles of women/girls and men/boys, conflict dynamics in South Sudan and to recommend to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), potential partners, on possible further peace initiatives.1 This study contributes to UNDP’s work with women, with regard to resolving peace and security issues in the region. The study offers critical analysis in understanding the unique potential contribution of South Sudanese women in national reconciliation and peacebuilding. The study aims to enable the government of South Sudan and international donors to more effectively mainstream gender initiatives into their policies, programs, and future activities.
South Sudan’s legal system has been seriously neglected due to decades of conflict: lack of court infrastructure and justice services in remote areas; increased unaddressed cases and lengthy periods of detention of suspects. UNDP has provided technical support to the Judiciary and Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to design a mobile court system and tools to enable court monitoring
With the goal to help transform prisons in South Sudan into institutions for reform and reintegration, the Access to Justice and Rule of Law project helped establish a Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison in collaboration with the National Prisons Service of South Sudan.