The creation of ‘friendly spaces’ for women and girls (WGFS) has been a key strategy in the protection and empowerment of women and girls in South Sudan since conflict re-erupted in the country in December 2013. This document, developed by HealthNet TPO on behalf of UNICEF South Sudan, provides guidance on the aims of these spaces, and how they can best be established and managed in the context of South Sudan. The guidelines are not meant to be rigid or prescriptive, but rather to provide some broad guidance. The intention is to assist collaboration among agencies by building a consensus around the key aims, functions and guiding principles for WGFS, as well as to strengthen existing WGFS and provide a starting point for organizations looking to establish such services for the first time in South Sudan. The current version of the document, completed in 2016, will serve as a working document to be pilot in 2017. The content will be continually revisited for the first year to identify any additions and/or modifications that may be needed.
The methodology for drawing the guidelines consisted of a desk review of reports and guidance from other humanitarian contexts as well as field based data collection in South Sudan, including discussions with managers and staff of organizations involved in the protection and empowerment of women in South Sudan, particularly those managing women-friendly spaces and similar facilities in Juba (Central Equatoria State), Akobo (Jonglei State) and Malakal (Upper Nile State). The guidance is also based on discussions with women and adolescent girls in Akobo and Malakal, plus representatives of male and female leadership in those locations, and groups of male community members.
Download here the Guidelines for Women and Girls Friendly Spaces in South Sudan. If you have questions or further interest in the Guidelines, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be very happy to support you when applying these guidelines in South Sudan or any other country.