GBV COURT-to be set within 16 days of activism

By Ajak Chol

The Government has promised to launch gender-based violence court within the 16 days of activism in order to reduce the adverse impact of sexual and gender-based violence among girls and women.

Speaking during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence launch under the theme “Keep the promise, invest, prevent and respond to gender-based violence” the Chief Justice Chan Reec Madut said that they had planned to officially open the gender-based-violence court yesterday but had to be adjourned due to its collision with the launch of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, stressing that the two events given their importance cannot take place concurrently.

He asserted that even though the launch had been postponed, he had to ensure that the GBV court was launched before the end of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

“Actually to be frank, we were supposed to open the GBV court today the 25th of November but because it collided with this function, I decided that we have to push it ahead. In the next few days we are going to open it,” Chan explained.

He continued to say that the Judiciary being one of the three arms of the government and the body concerned with law enforcement in South Sudan has a mandate and obligation to scrutinize and examine the sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) situation in the country citing that why he has to attend the event in person.

He said that the Judiciary will work together with development partners in order to reduce the gruesome impact of gender-based violence in the country.

The Chief Justice acknowledged the extensive support being extended towards the people of South Sudan by development partners such as UN agencies as evident in their financing and pushing for the establishment of the gender-based violence court in the country.

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