Special Protection Unit launched in Gudele to deal with Gender Based Violence
By Khamis Cosmas Lokudu
South Sudan has experienced unusual behaviors of Gender Based violence in the country. On the 15th – May – 2020, Eye Radio reported that a coalition of women activists and some men staged a peaceful protest demanding an end to impunity for rape and violence against women and girls in the country.
Partners involving South Sudan National Police Services, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), has inaugurated the Special Protection Unit headquarters at Gudule Block 9 to help the public report cases of Gender Based violence for appropriate action to be taken in order to quell down the evil practice.
Speaking after the launch of the Centre last week, CEPO Executive Director Edmund Yakani said, the Special Protection Unit was a long awaited dream since 2014 following the outbreak of the violence in Mid-December 2013 where incidences of sexual violence was highly registered across the country.
The special protection Unit is one of the great importance of CEPO’s advocacy and lobby on prevention of Sexual and Gender Based Violence [SGBV] after the signing of the Joint communique between President Salva Kiir and United Nations Secretary General Special Representative on the Prevention of Conflict-related Violence on 11th October 2014, however, the communique on preventing conflict- related Sexual violence was taken note of by Dr. Riek Machar on behalf of the Sudan People’s liberation Army in opposition on 18th December 2014.
According to Yakani, the Inauguration of the special protection unit offers an opportunity of engaging on issues of access to justice for the victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, and holding perpetrators accountable across the country.
The recent increase in the cases of rape and other forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the country is discouraging. He appreciated the fact that the special protection unit acts as platform for multi-stakeholders engagement to address the issues of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in South Sudan.