Women’s Empowerment & Protection
IPCA has developed and expanded a community-based, emergency, resilience, and recovery program for women’s empowerment and protection with the objective to respond to rampant cases of gender based violence (GBV) by empowering indigenous women and addressing challenges that hinder women’s progress in various communities in Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal states.
The IPCA Women Protection and Empowerment Program has built strategic partnerships with the Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Education and Instruction, UNWOMEN, UNFPA, UNDP, the Canadian Embassy, the Japanese Embassy, the Urgent Action Fund, and local authorities across IPCA’s operational areas to maximize its programming.
IPCA is proud to empower women across South Sudan to build financial and economic independence, prevent gender-based violence, and amplify the voices of women in peacebuilding and governance processes. Some of our past achievements have included provision of alternative income generation and micro-finance trainings in Juba, provision of agricultural tools and training, vocational training for 530 vulnerable women in hair dressing, tailoring, soap making, and Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) programs, establishment of “safe spaces” for women and girls in Kapuri and Rajaf Payam in Greater Juba County, trainings in GBV prevention and response for health workers, community leaders, community activists, police officers, women’s groups, establishment of a Police Gender Desk to strengthen GBV referral and provision of legal assistance to the survivors of GBV, provision of psychosocial support and case management for the survivors of GBV and victims of torture, distribution of sanitary dignity kits to vulnerable women and girls in Luri and Rejaf in Juba County, implementation of a project on Women Influencing Governance Debates in Public Spaces in Juba and Terekeka County, humanitarian assistance to 2500 IDPs and Host Communities in Luri County, and leadership and coordination of International Women’s Day in Mundri County, including performances by school children, theater, art, dance and musical performances by women’s groups, and a demonstration calling for the inclusion of women in South Sudan’s government.