Lack of justice perpetrates gender based violence-Nyandeng
By Bullen Bala Alexander
Vice President for Gender and Youth cluster Mama Rebecca Nyandeng revealed that the lack of access to justice and rehabilitation for the gender-based violence victims has increased the violence against women across the country.
She made the remark while commemorating the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) against women under the theme “keep the promise, invest, prevent and respond to gender based violence.
“There are many challenges facing women in this country including lack of access to justice and rehabilitation for the GBV victims and accountability from the authorities are the factors behind the increasing GBV,” VP Nyandeng stated.
“If only there is accountability from the authorities and access to justice and rehabilitation for the victims in the country, we will not be able to eliminate gender-based violence against women,” she added.
However, she said for South Sudan to tackle the issues of gender-based violence, there is need for the government to invest more in gender equality promoting programs.
VP Nyandeng said South Sudan should discourage harmful cultural practices against women at grassroots, adding that it will be successful if only the traditional leaders, elders and chiefs are involved in tackling the GBV in the country.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Aya Benjamin Warile said it is everyone’s responsibility in the country to fight against gender-based violence in the country.
She appealed to everybody to invest in the programs that will restore and support survivors of gender-based violence.
“For us to improve livelihoods and dignity of the GBV survivors, we need to invest in the Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) as well as civil society organizations who carry out advocacy. Let us invest in the institutions that enact and enforce laws, let us address the GBV in South Sudan holistically,” Minister Aya reiterated.