Conflict, gender-based violence and mental health in Lakes State: Perspectives from South Sudan
Years of instability in Lakes State, South Sudan, have negatively impacted people’s lives, with the ever-present threats of cattle raiding, revenge killings and tribal conflicts. The threats and ongoing conflict also exacerbate the inequalities women and girls are facing, resulting in high levels of of gender-based violence and forced marriages – all of which can lead to devastating mental health issues.
This briefing draws on the perspectives of citizens and authorities to examine the conflict, gender-based violence and mental health challenges that women in Lakes State face. It also provides recommendations for governments, international NGOs, civil society and traditional leaders to tackle these challenges.