Abyei Administrative Area, News

Abyei women learn to prevent GBV

By Ngor Deng Matem

Abyei Administrative Area Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agency in partnership with the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), trained women on community protection under Human Rights Laws.

The state Minister of Local government, Abionweng Majiith Diing, said that women have the right to learn how to prevent Gender-Based Violence cases.

“As women, we have a role to play in educating our daughters, sisters, and the community at large about their rights and how to be protected from sexual harassment, rape and other abuses,” Abionweng said.

She said the aim of the ministry is to provide more training to enhance the capacity and skills of police officers and NCOs in community protection committee (CPC), Wildlife, and Fire Brigade Services.

Mr. Andrew Makuny, UNISFA training officer expressed optimism that the women would use skills learned in effective ways to prevent human rights abuses in the Abyei administrative area.

Mrs. Atoch Dau Deng, a participant, appreciated the facilitators and the Abyei government for supporting the communities in the areas on sexual violence prevention.

“After receiving these valuable skills, I am able to educate others, and if there is a threat to another person, I should interfere and stop that threat,” she hinted.

Mrs. Atoch further urged married men to treat women as wives and human beings but not as people bought with cows.


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