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Community Leaders and Local Government to address Gender Based Violence in Torit

  Torit, November 2018

  Kiden Sawala

 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.

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“I dropped out of school because of insults,” says a rape survivor

 

May 2019

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“I dropped out of school because my classmates were insulting me. They used to push me off the desk and down to the floor. They could say, they can’t share the desk with a girl who has already known a man”.

It was just after midnight in July 2016 when armed men broke into our compound in Gudele and knocked at the doors bringing everybody out to the courtyard. They started hitting the men with the back of their guns and ordered them to face the ground. They then got in and started looking for valuables and money inside the rooms.

“I could see some other armed men outside the compound with riffles. Probably to keep away rescuers in case of alarm. They pointed the barrel of their guns at us threatening to shoot if anyone attempts to make any move. I couldn’t count the number of armed men outside the fence but those who got in were two uniformed armed men”.

My mother and I were the only females in the compound so the two of us were led out of the compound. After a distance, they started hitting my mother with the back of the gun and she sustained an injury on her face. To date my mother has a scar on her face, which is a painful reminder of our ordeal on that fateful day.

“I pleaded with them not to kill her. My mother is everything to me and I am her only daughter’. My mother shouted but they threatened to kill both of us. The alarm attracted a neighbor who is a mentally sick man. When the armed men went towards him, in that split, we decided to take off. I made a narrow escape into another house in the neighborhood, but the men pursued me and took along some other two girls from that house. I was terrified to death. I was raped. Unfortunately the girls also suffered the same fate.

My mother later on told me that she tried to alert other neighbors, but most people were scared to come out to our rescue. The news about the rape spread in the community and eventually reached my school. I could not stand the insults from my schoolmates so I dropped out of school.

“I feel so guilty that it is because of me that the other two girls were also raped. I do not know whatever happened to them. I am deprived of peace; I felt everybody was talking ill of me. If it were me, I wouldn’t speak ill of any girl who have fallen a victim of such an incident. I got stigmatized. It was not my interest to drop out of school but I couldn't cope. My interest was to study and become a medical doctor. I am not sure whether I can do that now. I feel so frustrated, angry and useless. Maybe one day that would change – I don't know when.

Jane was 14 years old and in Primary six when this incident happened. She keeps to herself and has mostly been indoors. Her mother, who attended one of the trainings of Eve Organization, requested that Eve Staff talk to her daughter. This is an excerpt from her story, which is published with her consent. Jane’s real identity is withheld for privacy.

 

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EVE’S CHARITY December 2013

 

We are the daughters of EVE, in giving we believe, in sharing we thrive"

Eve Organization has visited areas like Ngangala in 2010, Bongu in 2011 and Nesitu in 2012 as part of the charity project that basically aims at showing solidarity and sharing Christmas gifts with the needy.In December 2013, EVE Organization took charity to the people in Terekeka County of Central Equatoria state.

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Meet Achiro Assumpta Itwari – Alumni of the Incubator - YWLP

“Be a busy, vibrant, independent and goal-oriented type of a woman who do not wait around for someone to validate her existence”. Achiro Itwari

Miss. Itwari is a young passionate leader who is striving to make the world a better place to live in by starting the change with herself first. A 2016 graduate from St. Lawrence University Uganda, Miss Itwari is a hardworking, creative, God fearing and a goal-oriented young woman. She strives for excellence in everything she does. Her vision is to be an exemplary leader who will actively participate and empower other youth in her community for development.

How did the Incubator - Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) strengthen your skills and motivate you?

The incubator program was one of a kind. I will forever cherish it because first of all, it is the first training I have ever attended. I was abit shy and nervous at the beginning of the training because I didn't know how to speak in public.  The Incubator has perfected my public speaking skills and I came out more confident. I can now address a congregation without fear. Now more than ever I am willing and motivated to pursue my dreams without fear of the future. I am confident that nothing can stop me. Through the program, I have gained innovation, determination and the ability to apply knowledge and learning proactively. This was evident during my change project  - “Young Women Engaging the Community – Teenage Pregnancy”, a research I have conducted in Juba Teaching hospital documenting teenage pregnancies.

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EVE Organization was founded with the aim of empowering women and addressing challenges that hinder women’s progress in South Sudan. Empowering women involves advocating for policy changes that will adequately address women’s concerns, ensure women’s peace and security and socio-economic stability, and also support their participation and inclusion in decision making and peace processes.
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