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UN BOSS Disappointed on gender cases

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General addressing South Sudan Women leaders in Juba July 3rd, 2018 (Photo by Kitab A Unango)

By Kitab  A Unango

The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed yesterday expressed her disappointment on how gender cases against women were being handled in the country.

Meeting with women leaders to acquaint herself with problems women were going through, she said the UN would find possible ways of helping the victims and women in general.

Speaking during a meeting, Amina expressed her disappointment over the issue of gender based violence committed against women in the country, some which were yet to be resolved.

She said she would help South Sudanese women in their effort to fight sexual violence frequently committed against them in the country, mostly by people charged with responsibilities to protect them.

“Women in South Sudan are really suffering from abuses. However, we are going to help them fight for their rights and to help them in their struggle against sexual violence,” Amina said.

She promised women requests would be provided.

“Women are going through many challenges in South Sudan and we shall empower and encourage women participation in decision making processes on issues that affect them,” Amina added.

She added that she would talk to the government to create sexual violent department to be headed by a woman to oversee issues pertaining to them like in DRC Congo where gender based violence had been on the rise.

Nadia Arop, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport said the issue of gender based violence was rampant in the country adding that the government had taken initiative to address the issue.

“We have taken an initiate to address the issue of sexual violence and President Salva Kiir Mayardit has signed communiqué on the issue. We want more to be done so that women’s roles are recognized especially in peace making process,” Nadia stated.

She pointed out that women at the grassroots needed to be empowered to increase their representation in the government.

“We want our women at grass root level to be educated and empowered especial on sexual violence monitoring and reporting mechanism because culture hinders sexual abuse reporting,” Nadia said.

She added that women should also be empowered to mediate and participate in peace process and that they had been working hard to bring peace in the country although faced with challenges.





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