The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) is participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign (http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/). The 16 day Campaign is an annual global movement emphasizing all forms of violence against women as a human rights issue. CTSAMM is taking action to support the campaign under the theme of “Stand against Gender Based Violence; Report it! It is a violation of the Peace Agreement”. As stipulated in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) CTSAMM is mandated to monitor and report on cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence being perpetrated by the Warring Parties.
CTSAMM is undertaking numerous activities in relation to this campaign including participating in the launch of the Family Protection Centre in Juba at the Juba Teaching Hospital which offers support and treatment for victims of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). CTSAMM officials attended the event and met with key stakeholders to discuss areas of cooperation and how to strengthen awareness around of the issue of SGBV.
As well as regular training on gender issues and reporting CTSAMM recently concluded a one day intensive training on Gender perspectives for all staff and monitors. This enables CTSAMM to better help bring an end to violence against women and children by adequately investigating such instances and prioritizing them for action amongst the Warring Parties and other stakeholders at the national level.
CTSAMM is also developing an awareness campaign on this issue SGBV through the dissemination of public information products relating to the parties obligations to desist from engaging in SGBV as outlined in article 1.7.2 of the ARCSS. CTSAMM is also engaging the media through Press Release and national radio interviews in order to further disseminate this message and increase the understanding of the role of CTSAMM in reporting on these cases.