By Jurugo Emmanuel Ogasto
Youths in Pagirinya settlement have been urged to develop strategies and plans to address an increase in domestic violence, sexual exploitation and other abuses.
The appeal came during the training of youths on GBV and the sexual reproductive system organized by Reach a Hand an NGO offering social services to communities in the Adjumani district.
Since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have reported alarming rates of violence, exploitation and other abuse, especially intimate partner violence among women and other marginalized groups.
While boys and men had experienced abuse as it has become an issue of significance because the majority of victims of violence were females and the perpetrators of violence cases were mostly boys and men.
Speaking to Juba Monitor exclusively, Irama Jacob, a participant appealed to youths to be ambassadors of change in a community.
He said the majority of perpetrators of GBV were youths who have been sent to prison after facing justice.
“If you go to the prisons, there are only youths,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, AmadrioEverline who also attended the training asked women to respect their partners to eradicate GBV in the community.
She said that most of the men have become victims noting that they were tortured by their wives.
“It is not only men who beat their wives but women are also included,’’ she said.
35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.
Globally, seven per cent of women are estimated to have been sexually assaulted by strange individuals rather than their partner.