Enhancing of higher education to advance women's leadership



The Gender Equity and Women’s Leadership Program is a National Non- Governmental Organization established in May 2013 in South Sudan. It was previously registered under South Sudan NGO ACT 2003 and now re-registered with Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in November 11, 2016, as per the NGOs act 2016. The overall objective of the organisation is to minimize institutional barriers to women’s access to higher education; strengthen the capacity of institutions to provide quality services and; support university female students and faculty involvement in outreach and mentoring activities in higher education.

Over the years, GEWLP has developed a trusting relationship with its stakeholders and government, and through its skilled local staff members, developed a deep understanding of the issues it seeks to address. GEWLP particularly seeks to engage with the efforts of marginalised and excluded, particularly disadvantaged citizens, girls and women to analyse and address root causes of exclusion and social injustice in communities and facilitate their participation in South Sudan-led initiatives to bring about social justice and rights-based development.



GEWLP has been working in South Sudan since May 2013. The projects completed are:

1. SSHIELD Project. South Sudan Higher Initiative for Education Leadership and Development. It was a 2-year master’s programme that was initiated in 2013 at University of Juba but ended up @ Indiana University after fighting broke up in December 2013. 14 female scholars completed successfully at Indiana University

2. Master’s in Education This is a follow up– on to the successful South Sudan Higher Education Initiative Leadership Development (SSHIELD), a two – year project that sponsored 14 South Sudanese women scholars in Master’s degree in Education at Indiana University (USA) with concentration on conflict transformation. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (UASID), the primary focus of this program is to create a sustainable South Sudanese led program, preparing the college of Education at the University of Juba to provide a Master’s of Education in Emergency program to address the needs of educational institutions in emergency. So far, a total of 20 students (12) females and 8 males from several Universities in South Sudan are participating in the MEP program, representing all the regions of South Sudan.


3. VISTAS Support program. The Support to children in Protection of civilian sites student started in 2014 and the project ended in 2018. It created an atmosphere to children and women displace in POC as an alternative venue to continue reading as they were help to reduce tension by residing in POC.

4. Impact Evaluation Research Project. 2019-2020. A one-year research on the Psychosocial Support on Children’s Well-being, Literacy, and Math Outcomes in the South Sudan Integrated Essential Emergency Education Services Research amount

5. Current Project: South Sudan Multi Year Emergency Activity. A Baseline Survey Research to assess household food security. Starting November 15, 2020, In partnership with Notre Dame University & Makerere University. 

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