Home | News    Tuesday 6 September 2005

Gender-based violence prevalent in Darfur, says UN report

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Sept 6, 2005 (Nairobi) — Women and girls continue to experience sexual violence in the strife-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur and more needs to be done to prevent such crimes, a joint report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund said.

"Sexual violence was consistently reported during attacks on villages but was reported to be continuing even at the time of the study - especially when women and girls left the camps," the report said.

By conducting a large number of focus group discussions with internally displaced persons, the report, published on Monday, aimed to gain a better insight into the ways the conflict had affected the health and well-being of women and girls, and to better understand indigenous coping mechanisms.

"Although the women in the focus groups were asked no direct questions with regard to sexual and gender based violence [GBV], the issue came up in most focus groups when discussing the health impacts of the conflict," Roselidah Ondeko, GBV team leader for UNFPA, told IRIN on Tuesday.

"Unmarried girls were the most affected and some did not seek health care in clinics due to stigma and shame," the report noted.

The study mentioned "physical injuries due to beatings, rape, miscarriages, excessive bleeding or injuries sustained during flight from the enemies" as some of the health problems cited by women in the focus groups.

Sexually transmitted diseases, malnutrition, irregular menstrual cycles and psychological disturbances such as nightmares were also frequently mentioned by women as some of the health impacts they were experiencing due to the conflict.

"While survivors of sexual violence reported that they were stigmatised, communities to some degree were demonstrating an increased awareness of the nature of the problem and seemed to accept/support survivors of sexual violence more so than at the start of the conflict," the agencies noted.

Despite this increased awareness, it was common for survivors to seek healthcare outside official clinics and hospitals. The most common healthcare providers mentioned by the women interviewed were the so-called "traditional birth attendants".

The study urgently called for increased access to and coverage of healthcare services in Darfur tailored to the needs of women and girls in particular.

Fatima Elsheikh, UNFPA’s reproductive health officer, added that the women interviewed also asked for an expansion of the protection forces of the African Union as well as the disarmament of armed militias.

The conflict in Darfur pits Sudanese government troops and allied militias like the Janjawid - accused of terrorising the region’s non-Arab tribes - against two main rebel groups, the Sudanese Liberation Army/ Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement, who claim to be fighting against the marginalisation of their region by Khartoum.

The conflict-affected population in Darfur is estimated at 2.74 million, about 60 percent of whom are women and children.

Link to report: http://www.humanitarianinfo.org/darfur/

IRIN/ST.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Open letter to UN secretary-general 2015-09-01 09:11:28 To Secretary General Ban Ki-­moon Secretary-­General of the United Nations Dear Mr. Ban, Tuesday, 1st September 2015 To the military parade in Beijing on September 3rd you have been invited as (...)

Bashir`s dialogue is nothing but adding insult and injury on Sudan`s crises 2015-09-01 09:03:05 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman It comes as no surprise that the NCP regime President Omer al-Bashir using his fake 'national' dialogue again after apparently felt rest assured that he has recently (...)

The perilous change in Darfur’s demography 2015-08-28 08:10:36 By Eric Reeves The debate about whether or not Darfur was the site of genocide long ago flamed out, largely because the issue became excessively politicized and the world—in general—no longer (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Resolutions and recommendations of the SPLM-N leadership meeting 2015-08-11 22:21:18 SUDAN PEOPLES’ LIBERATION MOVEMENT NORTH Leadership Meeting of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North ( SPLM-N) Final Communique: Resolutions and Recommendations August 6th, 2015 The (...)

Sudanese, human rights groups and advocates demand renewal of UNAMID 2015-06-25 06:03:32 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: New York: Ahmed H.Adam, Tel. +1 347 567 1491 or aha64@cornell.edu Kampala: Abdelrahman Gasim, Tel. +256 7 51 90 77 77 or gasim202000@gmail.com Geneva: Abdelbagi (...)

Civil society groups urge to stop hostilities in W. Bahr El Ghazal 2015-06-11 22:24:37 Urgent action for sustainable peace in Western Bahr El Ghazal State Civil Society Statement: June 10, 2015 Wau –Western Bahr El Ghazal State- The Republic of South Sudan We, civil society (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.