Partners appeal for an end to GBV prevalence

By: Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Humanitarian partners, most instantly the World Vision International, a humanitarian organization operating in South Sudan have appealed for an end to gender-based violence prevalence among women and girls across the country.  

Vanessa Saraiva, Senior Advisor, Gender and Protection at World Vision said that it was high time to stand against rape among women and girls as common occurrence.

She was speaking during interactive exhibition for women conducted by World Vision on Wednesday in Juba aimed at highlighting their campaign on the 16 days of Activism.  

“The message of World Vision together with our peers and colleagues especially different agencies working on protection and gender in South Sudan is to stand against rape,” Saraiva said.

The gender activist stressed the importance to emphasize equality among people without underestimating each other in a fight against gender based violence.  

This year’s16 days of Activism campaign which started on 25th November throughout till 10th of December focuses on “Standing against rape”

According to the recent 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview release on reported gender-based violence incidences for 2019, physical assault perpetrated on women and girls amounted to 37 percent, sexual violence with 18 percent and emotional abuse to 25 percent respectively. 

Ms. Saraiva stated that, with the strengthened awareness with the power to stop the gender abuse, she revealed that women could possibly take control of themselves.  

“I would say that there is a need to treat our people with humanity, dignity and respect regardless of their age and sex as far as equality is concerned,” she said.

“Gender based violence exist because one person believe they are better than the other persons but if we remove this ideology then we will get rid of it,” she added.

According to her, it was prestigious for people to view themselves at the angle and context of humanity.

Saraiva said that they were celebrating the 16 days of activism against gender based violence to discuss ways to prevent more happening.

She said that there should be equality among boys and girls without segregation.

Ms. Saraiva revealed that World Vision was working hard to create more conducive spaces for women and girls to be enriched with life skills. 

“Gender and protection as I like to say is everyone responsibility whether we are talking to boys or girls at school, we need to always been sharing messages of equality among boys and girls so that they don’t grow in the cycle of violence at young age,” she urged.

“So we have all the responsibility to do mainstreaming and protection in order to be talking positively about what equal power balance look like in the household and communities,”  

Hellen Juan Thomas, one of the women’s beneficiaries for World Vision women and girls space at Tokiman area of Rejaf West admitted that the cases of gender based violence were reducing after the organization’s intervention.

“There used to be raping on Rejaf roads but now it is no longer there. The usual domestic violence among husbands and wives are also reducing. It is not like before,” she affirmed.

Rape is a very specific form of violence against women and girls, rooted in complex issues: a deep rooted patriarchal system, harmful social norms, gender equality and power imbalance.

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