Shalom Life | July 31, 2015

IsraAID/UK Aid Launches Steering Committee to Combat GBV and Trafficking in Juba

Gender based violence continues to plague the South Sudan

By: Leonard Carl

Published: August 13th, 2012 in News » World

IsraAID/UK Aid Launches Steering Committee to Combat GBV and Trafficking in Juba

Earlier this month, the Israeli Aid NGO, IsraAID and Adam Smith International launched the first joint workshop for social workers and police personnel in Juba on developing a multi-agency response to Gender-based violence (GBV). The one-week program led to the establishment of the first joint steering committee between social workers and police personnel on combating sexual abuse and exploitation.

After more than 40 years of conflict, displacement and poverty, the people of South Sudan are facing enormous social challenges. Violence against women is pervasive and has been exacerbated by decades of war that has left many children without a proper family structure, education or health care. A large portion of the population suffers from deep trauma that prevents them from being fully included in the development process. For some of the most deprived, prostitution has become a way of life and means of survival.

The capital, Juba, is not spared from these challenges. On the contrary, sexual abuse, trafficking, and under-aged prostitution have dramatically increased due to rapid and uncontrolled urbanization. In particular the children in some slum areas are exposed to appalling and sustained sexual abuse.

"Despite the magnitude of the problem in Juba, there is no effective prevention and response mechanism related to GBV,” says Ophelie Namiech, IsraAID's South Sudan Country Director. “A huge gap exists between the communities and the police, which is still perceived as abusive and corrupted by a large fringe of the population. Strong stigma against security and military authorities persists, and traditional practices tend to undermine the development of a coherent response framework on sexual violence."

"In order to efficiently address the growing challenges related to sexual violence in Juba, it is essential to develop a comprehensive response mechanism that brings together the main actors working in this field," says Bill Morrell, Security Adviser at Adam Smith International, and a former British Police Officer. "Only by doing so will a true picture emerge of the scale of the problem that will enable Government leaders to identify effective prevention strategies."

To that end, IsraAID and Adam Smith International/UK Aid (DFID) have developed a joint policy-making program for police, social workers, civil society organizations and human rights activists, whose objective was to produce key practical recommendations to improve the delivery of services in Juba related to sexual violence and human trafficking. This first joint training program led to the establishment of a joint committee that is now in charge of developing policies, strategies and actions to efficiently address Gender Based Violence in Juba. Joint actions that have been discussed include: the creation of joint police/social worker patrols, the development of a referral mechanism for survivors between police and social workers, an enhanced data collection system, and the establishment of a safe place for victims to receive police and psycho-social guidance.

Social workers have, since the independence, played a crucial role in building the new nation, and addressing its most pressing social challenges. They are working with the most vulnerable communities, and therefore have the ability to create bridges between the population and the police.

For the past year, IsraAID has been training the social workers of the Ministry of Social Development of Central Equatoria State and key service providers. Adam Smith International on behalf of UK Aid has been supporting the development of effective police services.

The program, funded by the Ted Arison Family Foundation and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto has been established in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development of Central Equatorial State and South Sudan Police Services.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is IsraAID’s largest financial supporter.

Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell TrendingUniversity of Toronto Students Fight Back Against BDS University of Toronto Students Fight Back Against BDS TrendingIndian President Pranab Mukherjee to make Historic Visit to Israel Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to make Historic Visit to Israel Trending
 

WATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama

July 30, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
WATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama

"Something is not a secret just because you don't know about it"

Read More

Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell

July 30, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell

The couple, convicted of trying to bomb the British Columbia Legislature, hoped to save Jews from growing up and going to "eternal hell"

Read More

WATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years

July 30, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
WATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years

People are going crazy for this family's reaction to a man named Mooki shaving his beard

Read More

EXCLUSIVE: JSwipe Founder Opens Up About JDate Lawsuit

July 30, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein & Daniel Koren
EXCLUSIVE: JSwipe Founder Opens Up About JDate Lawsuit

"We believe their claims lack merit and we intend to defend our rights vigorously," says David Yarus

Read More

University of Toronto Students Fight Back Against BDS

July 30, 2015 | By Adir Krafman
University of Toronto Students Fight Back Against BDS

U of T Students' Union Board of Directors overwhelmingly rejects creation of BDS committee

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: The Twelve-Pound Look

July 29, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: The Twelve-Pound Look

J.M Barrie's 'The Twelve-Pound Look' is a witty and poignant portrayal of marriage during the Edwardian Era.

Read More

Israeli Archaeologists Discover Remnants of Great Historical Synagogue

July 29, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Israeli Archaeologists Discover Remnants of Great Historical Synagogue

Using new technology, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed what may be the Great Synagogue of Vilna

Read More

WATCH: Trailer for New Seth Rogen Christmas Movie

July 29, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
WATCH: Trailer for New Seth Rogen Christmas Movie

'The Night Before' "was made by Jews and opens on Thanksgiving"

Read More

More Headlines