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Gov’t urged to enact laws to fight SGBV

The government has been urged to enact laws that will fight Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the country.

“Fighting sexual GBV is not an individual fight, but a collective responsibility. Sexual GBV is a vice against women, children which involves physical, sexual and psychological harm because of the specific gender roles in the society,” Mabor Maker Dhelbeny, winner of the Second Annual Gender Based Violence (GBV) Award.

Maker was awarded yesterday  by Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) for his efforts in fighting Sexual GBV in the country through his writings in Juba.

He said he was extremely honored to win the award and vowed to continue in his fight against SGBV in the country.

“Sexual GBV arises from social, cultural, traditional and religious practices across the society. In our society, people give their daughters off for marriage at a tender age, below 18. Such kind of practices needs to be eradicated. All are harmful customs and traditional practices that need to be fought by us,” Maker said.

He added that the law has created a gap against the fight towards sexual GBV as the State actors are not fully respecting and implementing the law.

“Sexual gender based violence practices like early child marriage and widow inheritance should not be left like that. The government needs to create a conducive environment where the civil society, community based organizations and activists can be able to sensitize the civil population on the dangers of sexual gender based violence,” Maker said.

Maker further called on Parliament to adopt the legal framework stipulated in the Constitution under Article 16.4 in order to be able to legislate protection and domestic violence act that will fight sexual gender based violence.

Galdino Ochama, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) Programs Manager applauded Mabor Maker for winning the 2017 CEPO sexual gender based violence (SGBV) award and declared him the Ambassador against sexual gender based violence in the country.

He said sexual gender based violence is prevalent in South Sudan and as the civil society they have been calling on all stakeholders to fight this vice and have been closely working with the organized forces.

“Having people join us in this fight is highly welcomed. Fighting SGBV is not only reserved for the partners, but by the entire society because it affects us all,” he said.

“Our houses, wives, and children are all being affected by sexual gender based violence and the agony they undergo affects us all,” Ochama said.

He urged South Sudanese to unite and fight sexual gender based violence, adding that, “when this vice is eradicated, we shall have a society where women, and girls are respected and every individual in the society is regarded and treated equal.”

By Sasuk Taban

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