Support the Empowerment of Women and their Rights for Development Organization (STEWARD-ORG.) is a community based not-for-profit non-governmental organization founded by South Sudanese women in 2009 to stimulate development in the country. It is registered with the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission. The main target beneficiaries are poor rural women, girls and orphans and vulnerable children.
Within a span of four years, STEWARD-ORG has registered the following achievements:
Expansion of operational areas:
The first office of the organization was located in Nimule, Eastern Equatoria state in 2009. Between January 2011 and August 2012, two additional offices were located namely in Juba, the capital city of south Sudan and Kuajok in warrap state. This has been possible due to financial support from Education Access Africa, Mama Cash and Pact Sudan.
Training of women activists/social mobilizers:
45 women rights activists have been trained as social mobilizers and sensitized on the human rights of women and children in Magwicounty. These social mobilizers have become agents of change in their communities, usingrights based approach.
35 sexual and gender based violence trainers:
The organization has also trained 35 community based sexual and gender based violence trainers. These provide psychosocial support to victims of sexual and gender based violence in their respective communities.
Trained 125 community leaders:
We have sensitized 125 women, youth and local government leaders and traditional authorities on selected statutory laws of South Sudan namely the Transitional Constitution (2011), the Child Act (2008), the Police Service Act (2009), the Penal Code Act (2008), Prisons Act(2003) and conflict management skills. This has resulted into reduced incidents of violence in the payams of Mugali, Nimule and Pageri.
Resolution of 10 cases of sexual and gender based violence:
We have successfully mediated the resolution of 10 cases of sexual and gender based violence. These include 5 cases of women desertion by their spouses, 2 rape cases, and 3 cases of denial of access by widows to the properties of their dead husbands by in-laws.