JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudanese officials on Wednesday urged
stronger punitive measures to deter rampant sexual violence
against women that has largely been used by warring factions as
tool of war in the more than three years of violent conflict.
The minister of
Wildlife Nunu Kumba said in Juba that the ruling Sudan People’s
Liberation Movement (SPLM) will not hesitate to punish sexual
violence offences, and added that the law would not segregate.
“Men who rape women
are not men. For us as SPLM whether it’s SPLM member that does
that (rape) we condemn and we call for the law to take it’s
course,” she said.
Kumba added that
South Sudanese women have the power to influence the prevailing
political discord in the war-torn country.
“The women of South
Sudan have the power to change what is happening. We have also
again gone to say that 25 percent political representation is
not enough and we demand 35 percent,” she revealed.
The minister of
Gender and Child Welfare Deng Awut called on humanitarian
agencies to do much on economic empowerment of women.
agencies should focus much on empowering women economically who
are disadvantaged due to conflict,” she said.
of Sweden in South Sudan Ola Nilsmo said all forms of violence
against women and girls must stop.
collectively demand that all violations against women must end
and bring perpetrators to book,” he said.
descended into violence in December 2013, following political
dispute between president Salva Kiir and former vice president
Riek Machar resulting in killing of tens of thousands and
displacement of more than two million.
July fighting in 2016 threatened to tear apart the fragile 2015
peace agreement to end the conflict.