Often the camp borders are not guarded.” These conditions are conducive to harassment, abuse and atrocities.“Sick women and girls often remain inside the camp unattended.Background: Forced migration is associated with sexual vulnerability.
Many of the perpetrators are soldiers and police officers. In a country with 1.7 displaced women and men, seeking to survive war, extreme poverty and sexual abuse, there comes no end to their work.
One of the women committed to end gender based violence in her country is Josephine Chandiru Drama, program director of STEWARDWOMEN.
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This too happens.” Being poor and being abused go hand in hand Another cause for the rampant sexual violence in and outside the camps is the looming economic crisis.
“Poverty drives women hopeless”, Josephine continues. “I met women who sold their 8 to 12-year-old daughters to be able to feed the rest of the family. They lack the education to get a job, but they need to feed the family and prevent starvation.” Fear, silence and impunity Most rape cases are never investigated. Women have survived war and rape, but speaking out often is too dangerous. They range from easily applicable ‘self-defense’ steps for women in camps, to military transparency and policy reforms.
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We asked Josephine Chandiru Drama from STEWARDWOMEN, what is needed to stop the suffering.
She came with 10 measures that can change the lives of women in South Sudan.
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