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VP Nyandeng decries violence against women

By Kitab A Unango

Vice President for Gender cluster, Rebecca Garang de Mabior has denounced the perpetuated violence against women and girls in the country.

 Rebecca said half of the women and girls have experienced some forms of Gender Based Violence such as rape and child marriage.

“Half of the girls in the country are married before the age of 18. Most girls and women experience some forms of gender based violence throughout. This is shocking really,” Rebecca said.

She was speaking during the launch of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) state of world population 2020 report yesterday via zoom.

The report highlighted three main forms of targeted violence against women and girls including child marriage, female gentle mutilation and son preference.

The titled ‘Against my will, defying practices harm women and girls and undermine equality’ tackles traditional that undermine the rights, safety and dignity of women and girls in the world.

The report pointed out that governments have obligation to under international human rights law to end harmful practices against women and girls.

Rebecca however said, “I will work closely with traditional and community leaders to end harmful practices against women and girls.’’

Over the past months, dozens of women and girls experienced sexual assault and rapes in some parts of the country including capital Juba.

No one had been held accountable over the matter, resulting to perpetuating violence against women and girls in South Sudan.

In her remarks during the event, Mary Otieno, UNFPA Country Representative said COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the risks faced by women and girls in the country.

 “First, programs designed to end child marriage and FGM are facing serious delays in implementation. Second, pandemic related economic disruptions are increasing the vulnerability of girls to negative coping mechanisms, including these harmful practices,” Otieno said.

Ayaa Benjamin, Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare called for a collective efforts to bring to an end the violence against women and girls.

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