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How Will Women Fare in the World’s Newest Country? from MS. Magazine, 7/10/11

Monday, July 11, 2011

The article reports, “Saturday marked the birth of the world’s newest country: the Republic of South Sudan. The separation from the mostly Muslim North after decades of civil war was a result of a near-unanimous January voter referendum, and was met with jubilation yesterday in the new capitol of Juba. Women, who make up 60 percent of the population of the new country, were among those weeping and dancing in the streets. They were also 52 percent of those who voted for the separation. According to NGO Women for Women International, many South Sudanese women see independence as ‘an opportunity for women to take a central role in rebuilding their country … a chance to say no to war and yes to peace, to hope for a future free of hunger, violence, and loss.’ ”

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