Responding to Gender Based Violence in south Sudan

Sexual and gender based violence is rampant n South Sudan. From an assessment which was carried out by FOFCOD , it was determined that 10 out of 15 households in the South Sudan experience gender based violence. There is a general lack of awareness about the rights of women and children, a lack of adequate accessibility of institutions and a prevalence of social, economical and cultural traditions which have negative implications for the protection of women and children. Poverty and displacement during the conflict have contributed to the scale of the problem.

There are insufficient interventions in the rural areas that target the problems. Between 250,000 and girls and women were victims of rape by militia-men, and estimates are that up to two thirds of these victims were also infected with HIV by perpetrators carrying the virus.

As has been highlighted in many reports since, rape was part of the civil war plan and part of the systematic degradation of women and of girls. Since 2005 when the CPA was signed, gender based violence as a product of many factors related to HIV/AIDS, cultural negative practices and attitudes, gender stereotype and inequalities, and extreme poverty continues to be a critical human rights and development issue for South Sudan.

FOFCOD is working in south Sudan to improve the protection and increase women’s capacity to prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV) by strengthening institutional mechanisms, and eliminating the negative effects of social, economic and cultural practices that promote sexual and gender based violence.


 

FOFCOD, 

Off ministries Rd, 300m walk From American Residence

after South Sudan Human rights Commission, Juba, South Sudan, 

Tel: +211955875181, 

Website: www.fofcod.org