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Warrap parliamentary caucus calls for protection of women

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February 14, 2013 (JUBA) - A women’s parliamentary caucus in South Sudan’s border state of Warrap has called for enactment of laws which upholds and respect women’s rights and protects them from domestic violence, asserting that across the country women still faced considerable challenges.

“There should be absolute attentions to addressing women’s plights. Women continue to face a lot of difficulties today. Girls are married as teenagers, used up, exploited and when they die sometimes at birth, the relatives-in-law, those of her husband, comes and say they need [the] cows they have paid as dowry to family members of the deceased because she is dead. This practice must be discouraged and stopped completely. Authorities must do something about it”, Adut Madut, the chairperson of Warrap Women Parliamentary Caucus said on Thursday.

Adut said she and her committee had visited Tonj North, one of the counties in the state where women in particular face a lot of difficulties, including killing by rival communities.

“I last year visited Ananatak in Tonj county. Our mission was to assess [the] general situation, particularly those affecting women. We held meetings with chiefs and local authorities. During these meetings we found a lot of things. Firstly, we found that women are not in courts. We need women to be [in] courts because of the most cases involved women. Secondly, we also found out women are dying. They are being killed during tribal conflicts. This has never happened before. We have never seen women being killed [before] even [if] they are caught in the middle of fighting [until] now. Women and children are now killed ruthlessly. No mercy”, she explained.

She called on the government to act quickly in order to avert the situation from developing further by ensuring that more laws and were enacted, as well as fully implemented.

“It is time for government, communities, families and individuals to commit themselves to taking joint responsibility for tackling the root causes of gender-based violence. The culture of impunity must not be tolerated. It must end. The abuse of women must be stopped”, she said

She urged women to speak out against the violence and expose their suffering to the outside world, adding that the government must also intervene at the earliest possible time with corrective actions.

“I call on women, wherever they are, not only in Warrap state to open up widely and remain vigilant against any abuse, whether it is about forced marriage or domestic violence”, she said

Adut said police authorities should strengthen their fight against gender-based violence and sexual offences, and take steps to ramp up child protection measures so that more offenders can be prosecuted. She also called for special sexual crimes courts to be opened across the country and for a sexual offenders’ database to be maintained.

“Citizens can help by becoming actively involved in this campaign. They must [be] a watchdog for the system. They need to report criminal behaviour to the police. But it is frustrating that perpetrators are protected by their victims and communities. This culture must change”, she said.

Violence has “no boundary”

Meanwhile in Juba, Prisical Nyanyang, deputy minister for gender, child and social welfare described violence against women as having “no boundary”.

“Women are being assaulted daily. Violence against them has no identity. It has no boundary. It is happening everywhere. Women are being brutally abused,” she said, while not pointing a finger at any particular group, she said those who abuse women “know who they are”.

The minister, who spoke on the occasion of worldwide Valentine’s Day on 14 February urged women to be respectful to their husbands, to show them love and continue to persuade them to respect their rights and responsibilities.

“Women’s abuse comes in different forms. There are those abused as a result of their behaviours and those who have [a] genuine case of abuse. There must be a respect in marriage. There should be peace. There should be an understanding. There should be dialogue and love”, she said.

South Sudan’s minister of information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said his government promotes protection of women’s rights and does not tolerate any violence against women whatsoever.

“As [a] government we have a constitutional commitment to respect women and promote them in all our working institutions. It is the policy of the government that any institution or anything which does not involve women will not be recognised. The legality of such group or institution will be subjected to public scrutiny and will not be allowed to exist”, Marial said on Thursday.

As part of Valentine’s Day celebrations, Women in Juba flooded markets and hotels carrying flowers and other items decorated with symbols of loves. Many danced and sang love songs, while other sent greetings to friends via text messages or social media if they were unable to afford cell phone messages.

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  • 16 February 2013 06:21, by master

    parrots
    what west say they repeat it
    brainless

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  • 17 February 2013 12:17, by Gen.Quack

    To: Adut Madut,
    Let me asked you this questions:
    1. Have you forgotten men including your husband who fought and brought you justice like what you are talking?
    2. Any human right is not bad but it should not be taken literary like minus analyzing it effect, don’t be fool by the fate of the huge money you always get from the parliament?
    3. You have to know where the human right or women right m

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  • 17 February 2013 12:24, by Gen.Quack

    it is not you who have probleem but those who elected hsuch a person who is not sound minded who can not understand quickly the right that you always talk of will destroy this country, the right used in the special way not like this, secondly it is you who are working with the government can marry the girl at the early age because of the big money, it is because now you are a woman,

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    • 17 February 2013 12:35, by Gen.Quack

      con.... you could have married more than ten young girls, so Adut Madut you should not talk at the international meadia like this, you should try to solves your problem domestically rather then referring to media,this means that in your government you just use media only without trying to solve the problem, actions is better than thousands of words,we know women can,t be educated like men that is

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