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May 13, 2019

”Where there is peace, people grow healthy.”

CTSAMVM holds R-ARCSS Workshops on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Bentiu town.

More than eighty participants attended workshops on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) last month conducted by CTSAMVM’s Monitoring and Verification Team Bentiu. Held on the 16th and 18th of April, the workshops focused on creating awareness of SGBV issues among the local community and informing participants of the provisions within Chapter II of the Revitalized Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The first workshop, held at the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Services in Bentiu town, brought together more than forty representatives from Government, women, youth, religious groups, and community leaders. The second took place at the SSPDF Fourth Division Headquarters at Rubkona Barracks, and focused on raising awareness of SGBV among the SSPDF, the Police and Prison Officers.

Speaking at the first event, the Deputy Speaker of the Northern Liech State Legislative Assembly said CTSAMVM, in conjunction with other international organizations, had played a very important role in South Sudan’s peace process, quoting an African proverb, ”where there is peace, people grow healthy.

Bentiu community leaders urged participants to put into action what they had learnt during the workshop, and requested CTSAMVM to visit the counties to carryout similar activities.

The Commander of the SSPDF’s Fourth Division also urged his officers to embrace the revitalized Peace Agreement and share the lessons learnt during the workshop with their ground troops. Creating awareness of SGBV and the provisions of the R-ARCSS to the SSPDF Officers in Northern Liech State was a great milestone to the implementation of the Peace Agreement among SSPDF forces, he added.

The workshops were the first of a series planned by CTSAMVM that will take part in the coming months.

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CTSAMVM is an institute of the Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) signed by the Government and SPLM/A-IO in August 2015.