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How UNICEF is fighting Gender-based violence in South Sudan

Helene Sandbu Ryeng
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25 March 2021


At least 50 per cent of women in South Sudan has experienced violence from their intimate partner, In 25 per cent of the reported sexual violence cases, the victim is a child. We know that this is an underreported issue and the real numbers are probably higher. Violence in any form is a violation of basic human rights and fundamental child rights. UNICEF in South Sudan are committed to fighting gender-based violence, and these are some of the things we are doing to help putting an end to the exploitation and abuse.

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Engage schools, faith leaders, communities and other stakeholders on girl child education, menstrual hygiene management, school related gender-based violence and child marriage. 

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Support women and girls friendly centres where women and girls come together to share their stories, get practical and mental support from their peers, get help to identify solutions and referrals. Through these centres, women are also supported to do income generation activities.

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Scaling up of the Communities Care Programme (CCP) for Gender Based Violence prevention and social norms transformation.

In 2020, 29 community discussion groups were formed and over 800,000 people benefitted from community actions and engagements through radio talk shows, door to door awareness, neighborhood campaigns and school outreaches. 74% of the community discussion participants registered positive changes in beliefs and attitudes.

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Providing psychosocial support to survivors of gender-based violence. Psychosocial support is non-specialized support but very often goes a long way. Have you thought about how you can support someone who has been through a similar experience? 

Also read how a hotline became a lifeline

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Taking a clear stance against gender-based violence (GBV) and integration of GBV  into other UNICEF programmes, initiatives and actions. One example is how UNICEF look at placement of a borehole from a GBV perspective. The further away the borehole is and the more hidden it is, the risk of women being subjected to violence increases.

UNICEF is thankful for its donors supporting the GBV programme, include the EU/ECHO, the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW Development Bank, The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and USAID