Today, Saturday, July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan declares its independence and a new nation is born. For the first time in Sudan’s history, women were able to add their votes and voices to the national debate over the future of their country. To celebrate this victory with us, click here to send a Message of Support to the women of Sudan. Women for Women International will collect all the messages and send them straight to the field, so they know that people stand with them in their efforts to create a peaceful nation.
For more than 40 years, women have endured the atrocities of civil war, famine and tribal disputes, all as Sudan’s least valued citizens. After suffering sexual and gender-based violence and having their families torn apart for so long, the women of Sudan are desperate for peace. For them, independence represents a symbol of hope for a peaceful future and an opportunity for all Southerners-including women-to define their own destiny.
Sudan still faces many challenges. The violence over territories, oil rights and food continue to rage on. Independence may not bring peace right away. But progress is being made. See the video below.