Unveiling women as pillars of peace building in communities fractured by armed conflict in central Equatoria state South Sudan.

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Kampala International University. College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study is about the role of women as pillars in peace building in communities fractured by armed conflict in Central Equatoria, South Sudan. The researcher introduced the research by giving the background of the study and stating the problem. The researcher had four objectives; (I) to determine the demographic characteristics of women as to; Age, occupation, marital status; (ii) to determine the role of women in the process of peace building in the Central Equatoria State; (iii) to explore the challenges that deter them from performing to their full capacity and (iv) to explore ways of improving the conditions of women in peace building. The researcher’s hypothesis was that women have a role to play in peace building. The scope of the study was in South Sudan, in Central Equatoria State and restricted to the role of women in peace building for the last ten years. The significance of the study was stated by the researcher. The research method for data collection is the research includes questionnaire and group discussion with the community population. Both primary and secondary sources of data collection were used by the researchers in the field. The sampling population of 80 respondents selected through random sampling. The data collected was presented inform of tables and analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. Descriptive method was used especially in description of empirical data to interpretation of meaning. From the data obtained, the researcher found out that women played a big role in peace building activities in central Equatoria state, but they efforts were not recognized by the government or the community due to many factors, such as luck of education of most of the women, hindrance by the traditional beliefs and lack of proper presentation of women in the higher positions in the government offices, The researcher therefore gave a lot of recommendation both to the government and all the stakeholders, which includes policy changes, sensitization and local capacity building of community women, In conclusion it can be concluded that women can, and in fact are, doing a very good work in the participation and promotion of peace and reconciliation in the Central Equatoria. Women in central equatoria participated in the role of peace building only that they roles are not recognized and therefore, all the stakeholder and actors in South Sudan especially in central equatoria are urge to recognize the role played by women. Women also have several challenges that prevent them from fully participating in the peace building and reconciliation processes.
A Thesis Proposal Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, South Sudan in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Conflict resolution and Peace Building
Women, Peace building, Conflict, Equatoria State South Sudan.