Where are the Women in Cattle Raiding? A Gendered Analysis of Militarized Cattle Culture in South Sudan. Women in south sudan. W omen in South Sudan are “the poorest of the poor and the marginalized of the marginalized.” - John Garang http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCg3wFVwtXE.
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Women in South Sudan are “the poorest of the poor and the marginalized of the marginalized.”
- John Garang
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Has the perpetuation of cattle raiding in a now-militarized culture further commoditized women, while simultaneously leaving women more vulnerable?
“A surge in “bride price” has fueled cattle raids in which more than 2,000 people are killed each year.”
“Cattle theft is driven by underemployment of youth who have a lot of time on their hands and a human desire to use their youth energy in accumulating wealth.”
“Girls are precious. They are seen as sources of wealth.”
“Women don’t necessarily support bride price and (at least some) say it leads to increased poverty. “More and more, bride price is seen as cementing gender inequality, giving women little power and turning them into commodities to be passed from family to family.”
“In 2009, about 2,500 people were killed in cattle raids. The casualties from cattle raids are often owners who resist or villagers who get caught in the line of fire.”
“Men say that ‘women are women’ but men do a lot of listening to us! Women are good at persuasion; we can convince them in a quiet way.”-Nuer Woman
“Both men and women cited women’s failure to prepare food as both cause and result of marital conflict in Sudan.”
Women experience structural violence, which manifests itself in many forms. They still have agency, however, and use the same structures to get their own agendas heard.