Women groups in Western Bahr el Ghazal State (WBGS) in conjunction with other NGOs and the Gender office of the Ministry of Social Development has today commenced the 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women in Wau town.
The march was officially flagged off by the Deputy Governor, Efisio Kon Uguak and others State Ministers.
Uguak urged the entire citizens of WBGS to eliminate the traditional practices of forcing the girl child to marriage at an early age.
He also said that, there is a need for education equality among girls and boys in schools; girls should be allowed to continue with their education competitively rather than dropping out from School.
Uguak warned teachers who are misleading girls on the issue of pregnancy in schools and warned them that they will face the law.
He also warned parents over the issue of abortion. He reported of a number of foetus disposed in the rubbish pits in Wau totalling to 6.
“Women should avoid immoral practices at the expense of denying their born babies the motherly love,” Uguak said.
Uguak announced a one free day for the entire women of WBGS to enjoy with their loved ones at home.
Mary Emilio Bafuka one of the women representatives at the occasion called on the elimination of all forms of violence against women across the new born nation.
Bafuka said violence against women is not acceptable and urged men to stop the global campaign against women which including gender violence, rape cases and violating the rights of women in the family.
On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on this day as an international observance. Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence, and the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.
This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961).