Shalom Life | October 30, 2014

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.

‘It Doesn’t End Tonight,’ Says Ari Goldkind After Finishing Fourth in Toronto’s Mayoral Election ‘It Doesn’t End Tonight,’ Says Ari Goldkind After Finishing Fourth in Toronto’s Mayoral Election TrendingTel Aviv Named One of the World’s Top Culinary Cities Tel Aviv Named One of the World’s Top Culinary Cities TrendingUniversity of California Students Are Boycotting Bill Maher Because He's "Against" Islam University of California Students Are Boycotting Bill Maher Because He's "Against" Islam Trending
 

Dafy Haiga Challenges Everything You Think You Know About Israeli Girls

October 29, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Dafy Haiga Challenges Everything You Think You Know About Israeli Girls

The photographer's latest work, 'Israeli Girls', captures the uniqueness and personality of her subjects

Read More

Israeli Company Reinvents Deodorant

October 29, 2014 | By Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels
Israeli Company Reinvents Deodorant

ClickStick has raised nearly half of their goal towards marketing their electric, eco-friendly deodorant

Read More

11th Annual Zareinu Fashion Show in Toronto to Raise Funds for Kids with Special Needs

October 29, 2014 | By ShalomLife Team
11th Annual Zareinu Fashion Show in Toronto to Raise Funds for Kids with Special Needs

Will feature TV personality Jeanne Beker, partners with Shops at Hazelton Lanes and the Park Hyatt

Read More

‘American Gigolo’ is Being Adapted For Television

October 29, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
‘American Gigolo’ is Being Adapted For Television

Paul Schrader and Jerry Bruckheimer are on board for the new take

Read More

Amy Winehouse Exhibition Lands in Tel Aviv

October 29, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Amy Winehouse Exhibition Lands in Tel Aviv

The late Jewish soul singer's exhibition hits Israel

Read More

Melissa Rivers is Investigating Joan’s Death

October 29, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Melissa Rivers is Investigating Joan’s Death

Melissa has hired a legal firm to find out what the circumstances were surrounding her mother's death.

Read More

Director Ari Cohen Discusses His Latest Doc, ‘The Family Farm’

October 29, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Director Ari Cohen Discusses His Latest Doc, ‘The Family Farm’

Cohen's film explores the farm to table process through the lens of Canadian small farmers.

Read More

Same-Sex Surrogacy Close to Becoming Law in Israel

October 29, 2014 | By Moran Azulay
Same-Sex Surrogacy Close to Becoming Law in Israel

Health Minister's measure to allow LGBT, single-parent use of country's surrogacy services has passed first reading in Knesset

Read More

More Headlines