South Sudan Women Empowerment Network (SSWEN) is a non-profit, non-partisan and none—governmental organization founded in 2005. Our focus is on the empowerment of women through programs that encourage women participation in decision making, gender, and human rights advocacy. We envision South Sudanese society free of gender bias; where women are empowered, self-reliant and enjoying fundamental rights.
To facilitate the empowerment of South Sudanese women and the girl child, promote human rights and seek to achieve social and gender justice in a peaceful society. SSWEN is committed to working with like-minded individuals, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and the Government of South Sudan and other regional and international organizations in helping South Sudanese women achieve economic, social, gender equity and justice in South Sudan by building healthy and peaceful communities.
The core values that guide our work are inherent in everything we do. These values shape our work and ensure that our approach is consistent with our results. We list them without reference to priority because they are of equal importance in how we live our professional and personal lives.
Respect – We are unique individuals, and as we grow and explore our individuality, we also respect the unique qualities and contributions of others.
Teamwork – By definition, ‘teamwork’ is the ability and the willingness to work together toward a shared vision. A commitment to collaboration demands that individual accomplishments are directed toward organizational objectives. Teamwork is the ingredient that allows ordinary people to attain uncommon results.
Responsibility – We are not responsible for the attitudes and programming we inherited in childhood. However, as adults, we are 100% accountable for changing negative attitudes and behavior and improving our relationships and interactions with others. We become wise not by the recollection of our past, but by taking responsibility for our future.
Empowerment – We conduct programs and advocate for policies that give women and girls the tools to solve their problems and take personal responsibility for issues affecting their lives.
Commitment – SSWEN recognizes that change requires a personal obligation to take action. Declaring intentions and reaching an agreement is not enough. We must make deliberate action and demonstrate tenacity in achieving our goals.
Integrity – In all things, we will demonstrate honesty of thought and deed. SSWEN will model integrity through transparency, personal and professional accountability, and act in the best interests of those we serve.