The National and International NGOs operating in the States called the Government of South Sudan to protect women and girls against gender-based violence in the communities.
Ministry of gender and social welfare in Northern Bahr Ghazal State has recorded eight death cases due to forces marriages in 2020.
UN agencies working on human rights that include UNMISS, American Refugee Committee, and UNICEF, participated in organizing the events marked the 16 days of activism.
The event was celebrated across the country to abolish gender-based violence in South Sudan. The Radio Community heard gathered citizens’ views from Aweil, Turalei, Mingkaman and Kapoeta.
County coordinator for Doctors with Africa [CUAMM], Dwamoi Amona, felt dismayed by the forced marriage of young girls in the communities.
“Men must be here to take this message that we are becoming worse than the corona people talking about”
“We love our mothers so much, and mother everyone be a woman be is the man we love our mothers why we don’t we treat these people with respect. The person you are raping today is the mother of somebody tomorrow. Why don’t you respect the way you respect your mother.”
Awerial County Executive Director James Manoah stated poverty contributed to widespread gender-based violence and people under the influence of alcohol.
“Alcohol economical violence because man drink whenever he gets money and will provide money to feed family, who made it these are women, so the root cause of alcoholic.
Stop brewing alcohol because men do drink, and later in the evening, they start beating women, and you are the one who did it. Some people are saying the business of alcohol is for taking of orphans but is causing orphanages,” Manoah said.
The Director-General in the ministry of gender, child and social welfare in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, John Akot Angui, urged citizens to work together with NGO partners and the Government to stop such cases.
In Eastern Equatoria, the chairlady for Women Association in the Kapoeta, Mrs. Halima Elizabeth, has discouraged citizens from stopping marrying off young girls. She said parents should send their girls to school to change the country.
“You should not force our children to men when they are still young a child of 9 years will be given to a man of 70 years until when like this, let us leave our children to go study so that they change our country so that it can develop” She stated.
The American refugee committee head of programs in Kapoeta, Mrs. Joyce Laker, said women and girls should be educated through GBV information.
“So, these are the objectives of the 16 days of activism to create awareness on GBV prevention and available services for the response, to advocate on the enactment of anti-GBV bills to call on all the stakeholders to privatize financing for GBV prevention and response programs, to empower women and girls through GBV information and services” Laker mentioned.
The Secretary-General Eriga David in Kapoeta state advised the public awareness must be done in the church and public institutions where people are gathering.
“Most of the things we need to do is awareness like for today we talk about this, and we need to do it even in churches and where people gather people should talk about it so that we leave beating people” He said.
Gender-based violence in South Sudan raised serious concerns. The Director-General in the Ministry of Gender and social welfare, Mr. Thomas Nawi, calls on all stakeholders to report and arrest perpetrators of GBV in the communities.
“I, therefore, call upon the stakeholders, especially the traditional leaders such as the chief, sub-chiefs at the grassroots level to arrest and report immediately so that legal measures are well-coordinated and brought to book”
The UN Population Fund- UNFPA has reported that more than 6,000 women and girls have been raped across South Sudan in the year 2020. Government also said cases of violence against women have significantly increased in during the coronavirus pandemic