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New video: Women on the Move project for traumatised women in South Sudan


New video: Women on the Move project for traumatised women in South Sudan

The Swiss Academy for Development (SAD), in partnership with the South Sudan Psychosocial Programme (SSPP) is using sport and play activities to enable women traumatised by civil war and violence to better cope with daily challenges.

Helping women cope with trauma

The pilot phase of “Women on the Move” not only led to encouraging results with regards to resilience and coping capabilities but also prompted positive feedback from both participants and targeted communities. Therefore SAD, together with its implementing partner SSPP, decided to expand the project into its second phase, which will run until December 2016.

Together with the five previous playgrounds involved in the project, three new playgrounds have been developed in Kajo Keji County. In addition – and based on the communities’ and participants’ requests – a livelihood component has been introduced. Through group training and collective saving activities, women’s groups have acquired the skills to run their own income generating projects. The women use the social groups and friendships developed through 'Women on the Move' to develop their business ideas in groups. SAD and SSPP support the women through training sessions, and the development of saving and credit groups.

  • Since the project started in November 2012, sport and play activities which enhance life skills and coping strategies have been taking place twice a week in the eight newly-developed playgrounds. Altogether, 662 women have participated in the project
  • 203 women have made 29 saving and credit groups and are generating their own income as seamstresses, pig farmers or corn sellers. SAD and SSPP assist the women with start-up funds and technical know-how
  • 827 women and 171 men have participated in 16 sensitisation events on themes like domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, child rights and alcoholism
  • In addition to the sport and play activities, SAD and SSPP also offer group counseling sessions, individual psychosocial discussions for women and men and family counseling

The target group for the project is women traumatised by war and violence, living in the Wudu and Mere areas of Kajo Keji County close to the Ugandan border, who are being supported during the one-year pilot phase.


Women on the Move – Using Sport against Trauma from Swiss Academy for Development on Vimeo.



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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 00:00