"Women and youth comprise 75 percent of the population in Southern Sudan," says Milcah Lalam, programs manager, RECONCILE Peace Institute, "so they are a very big force to reckon with when it comes to peacemaking." Women suffered in serious ways during the long period of conflict -- forced marriages, personal violence, displacement and lack of opportunities for education and useful and decent employment. Now, women are important to the building of a new nation because of their nurture of the family and their activism in civil society. Learn more about Milcah Lalam here. Watch related video, "The Healing Power of Storytelling," here.