Humanitarian agencies call for end to GBV

By: Elia Joseph Loful

Different national and international humanitarian agencies in the country yesterday called for an end to the prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.

The group made the call during the launch of the 16 Days Activism against GBV.

In her remarks Dr. Mary Otieno, United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNFPA) Country representative to South Sudan said the United Nations Security Council has recognized sexual violence has been used as a tool of war against women.

 She said progress has been made by international Law agencies to prosecute sexual violence crimes during and after the war.

Otieno said at least one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence including rape during their life time.

“Violence against women remains one of the most widespread human rights violations, yet one of the least prosecuted crimes,” Otieno said.

She added that women were still denied justice although the equality between women and men was guaranteed in the constitution of 139 members’ countries and territories citing the lack of investment and political will to meet women’s needs and protect their fundamental rights.

“It is time for us to join hands and support government to take full responsibility,” she added.

The event was celebrated under the theme “Join Hands, Stand against Rape.” It was organized by the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare in partnership with Development Partners attended by Government officials, Civil Society Organizations, UN agencies, youth and community leaders.

Nora Zangabeo Advisor for Gender Peace and Reconciliation in Gbudue State who was the guest of honor said it was time to stand and fight against GBV.

“Today is a day for us to join our hands and fight against gender based violence. Rape is a crime. Rape reduces the dignity of women,” Zangabeo said.

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