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Parents told to end GBV at home

By: Martha David

South Sudan is struggling to end Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country through awareness campaign.

On Monday, women from different groups gathered in Juba to make their voices heard about the vices.

Susan Pasquale, the Executive Director for Women Advancement Organization (WAO) said to end GBV there was need to stop some of the cultural dynamics which gives more power to men.

She blamed some parents for creating differences among their children at home which she said often leads to domestic violence at home.

“Women can play a big role, when their husbands are not working they can take the responsibility in the house,” Ms. Pasquale said.

Philip Amur, a representative from Root of Generations, a local Organization said culture have both positive and negative impact in the society.

He said some cultures tend to demote women instead of empowering them.

Amur said those cultural norms that had been set by men were meant to give them more power, saying women just accept to follow it without objection.

He urged women to embrace good cultures and leave those which are very negative.

Esther Samson, one of the participants said women were important and equal with men.

She added this campaign will help them as parents to care for our children and protect them.

Samson urged all parents to care for their children especially the girl child, “let us see them as important in the family because they can do more than men.”

“Early marriage must stop, let your child study to help the family, people should stop early marriage,” she said.

The program was organized to mark the 16 days of activism against GBV with support from the Norwegian People’s Aid and other partners.

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