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International Women's Day
Standing with women in South Sudan
There are few places on earth where the struggle for gender equality is as dramatic as it is in South Sudan. Just 16 per cent of the women in South Sudan can read and write -- a tragic illustration of how few girls ever attend school. The rate for men is also appallingly low, but it is nearly double that of women. Decades of conflict have left a disproportionate number of households headed by women. More than half of those households subsist on less than one dollar per day. And as the conflict drags on, Amnesty International continues to document horrific cases of rape used as a weapon of war.
This is the backdrop against which Sarah Kiden conducts a daily struggle for gender equality. Sarah is from South Sudan, and she is working there as Gender Specialist with Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières Canada. She will be celebrating International Women's Day working with the rural women of Kuac county in the former state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal. What follows is her statement on the occasion of International Women's Day 2017.
Sarah Kiden (left) with Rose Jura of VSF Suisse.