The silent killer: Violence against women

Refugee women share a lunchtime meal, in Rhino camp hosting largely refugees from war-torn South Sudan. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 16 Jul 2020

About 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner, according to the WHO.

Violence against women is even prevalent in countries that have experienced war where it has been used as weapons of war.

Even after South Sudan civil war officially ended in September 2018, women and girls experience high levels of violence, including rape. Unfortunately there are limited ways to address these crimes.

Many such offenses remain unregistered, meaning perpetrators of (especially) sexual violence often go unpunished.

For example, a pregnant woman who was raped in South Sudan’s Rejaf state this week, is just one of those few cases that are reported.

Member of Parliament representing Rejaf or former Jubek State, Paulin Juan Jada, wants her government to do more: “strengthen the rule of law, especially punishing perpetrators of sexual violence in the country”.

Paulin speaks about the rape incident; listen:

By Gale Julius Dada