As The Radio Community (TRC) featured women’s roles in the society ahead of International Women Day on 8th March, Akol Yam 91 in Aweil hosted Elisabeth Ajok Atak, Women Chairperson in Aweil, and Monica Mawien, leader of Women Forum for Peace Building.
The two guests spoke about ways to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan. Both pledges to play their roles to end violence in the family, saying there is a plan to move across the state’s Counties and explain the effects of violence. They aim to prompt a peaceful family.
Elisabeth said misunderstanding and disrespect of women’s rights are significant issues encouraging violence in the community. “You know I have been working with different organizations supporting gender-based violence programs in the state, and according to my experiences, women are not considered as people who contribute to the family affairs or development.”
Monica Mawien, leader of women forum for peacebuilding, urges women to be peace promoters and avoid disputes that lead to the suffering of children. She calls on fellow women across the state to speak up during International Women’s Day.
UN reported that South Sudan has endured protracted conflict and instability, during which crimes of conflict-related sexual violence have reached appalling levels of brutality, often committed with marked political and ethnic undertones.
In May last year, UN Mission in South Sudan said survivors of conflict-related sexual violence continue to struggle to access adequate medical and mental health care.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March around the world. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.