Torit, November 2018
At the verge of the 16 days of activism in 2018, Eve Organization under the project “Strengthening advocacy efforts for women’s protection through community and local government engagement” engaged community and traditional leaders, local government, religious leaders to address Gender based violence (GBV) in Torit – Imatong state, South Sudan from 20 – 25 November 2018. The meeting enhanced the capacities of the leaders to identify gaps in the existing state’s policies and encouraged dialogue to address issues of women and girls protection within the communities.
The key actors in this programme included
- The Paramount chief, chiefs and sub-chiefs,
- Local government Director General,
- Members of parliament,
- Advisor to Torit Governor for girl-child education
- Members of Civil Society and Women’s Organizations and groups
The meeting started with a briefing on the revitalized agreement on the resolution of conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). This was followed by introduction on GBV and its impact on the welfare of women, families and communities at large. The introduction to GBV helped the leaders understand the key concepts and terms that could help them mainstream gender in their local policies and customary laws. Other component of the training included group discussions, experiences sharing and challenges that leaders face in addressing GBV in Torit communities. Sessions on advocacy and coordination, community and resource mobilization to support community outreach programs were also discussed.