Ending Gender-based violence requires national commitment
By Taban Gabriel
It is the responsibility of every citizen to protect the rights of women and children to end Gender-based violence (GBV) in their various communities,saysMinister of General Education and Instruction Deng Deng HocYai.
Dengsaid though the issue of GBV is already enshrined in the Transitional Constitution of the country, rights of women are still being violated in some institutions.
He said some institutionscontinue to deny women the right to social, economic, and political life adding that the government would work hard to bring perpetrators of GBV to justice.
Deng said his ministry has come up with a School Code of Conductthat will regulate the behaviours of students who would want tovictimize others.
The Minister was speaking during a panel discussion organized by Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare and the UN Women on 16th Days of activism against GBV.
Asunta Mario a representative of civil society’s organization at the discussion said they have always engaged women and men to realize their role in reducing GBV.
Mario said some parents use their daughters as source of income and that it has contributed greatly to high level of GBV in the country.
The civil society activist callson the government to come up with laws that can regulate child marriage.
On her part the Minister of Gender Child and Social Welfare Awut Deng Acuil who was also the moderator of the panel called on concernedministries to bring perpetrators of GBV to book in order to curb the rate of violence against women and children.
Representatives from UN Women, Women group, students, orphans and local musicians also attended the function.