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Women and the world’s newest country – South Sudan

June 20, 2011

What does the future hold for the women of South Sudan?

It seems not many had been asking the question, until I came across the issue being discussed in an excellent piece by the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s new website for women – Trust Law Women. Consensus seems to be that, despite appalling literacy, domestic violence, child marriage and maternal mortality statistics, the future potentially is a good one, with investment in private sector enterprise, quotas for women’s political representation and changing attitudes towards marrying young.

Of course, recent fighting has led to concerns that the conflict may once again escalate, here’s hoping it doesn’t, both for a country as a whole and for the brave women seeking to shape its future.

Incidentally Trust Law Women hit the headlines last week with their excellent poll on the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. It’s well worth reading the piece and surrounding content. As a disclaimer – I have started blogging for them in a work capacity and you can read my first contribution, on the Bailey review on child sexualisation, here.

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