Women, girls friendly Centre launched in Kapuri
By Kidega Livingstone
Women and girls friendly Centre has been launched in Kapuri to fight Gender Based Violence against women and young girls in Kapuri in former Luri country of Jubek State.
The Centre that was constructed by Daughters of Mary Immaculate with support from the Norwegian Church Aid would also be used for women and girls to reduce emotional distress mainly through developing relationship and sharing experience with each other.
Speaking during the opening yesterday, the Country Director for Norwegian Church Aid, Kari Oyen said that out of four women one is the victim of rape worldwide and South Sudan is among other countries where women and girls are the victims of all forms of violence.
She said the women should take the responsibility of using the Centre so that they would build good family. She described the Centre as “women and girls space training Centre” that connects women and girls to other services such as legal or medical services.
“All women are globally subjected to violence; this is the responsibility for us all. Out of four women one is a victim of rape or gender based violence,” said Oyen.
Meanwhile the Country Director for Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Jeny Maila said the Centre was to empower women and girls so that they identify solution and strategies to address concerns and to act and advocate for themselves.
“This Centre will create an empowering and inclusive environment where women and girls attending feel safe, supported, connected and better informed about their rights and opportunities,” she said.
However, the Director General for Gender and Child Welfare, Regina Ossalallo welcomed the initiative saying women and girls in South Sudan were victims of all forms of violence.
“This is one of the important projects that we want most none governmental organizations to focus on because women and girls need safe space where they come and feel and discuss freely to achieve what they will do better for their family,” said Regina.
She encouraged women in the area to use the Centre so that their problems are identified and solved by the government.
Ms Laila Michael Sabuni, one of the beneficiaries in Kapuri said that they were in darkness now the Centre will open their eyes to solve the problem of gender based violence.
“Not only that, we have been conducting meetings under trees but now we have got a good place. My request is that we need more training on gender based violence,” said Laila.