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Wau trains 20 female officers to handle gender-sensitive cases

Author: Michael Daniel | Published: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Headquarters of Wau Police Station. (Photo: Michael Daniel/Eye Radio).

The police in Western Bahr El Ghazal State has trained and deployed more than 20 female officers to run a Gender and Child desk at the police station.

The special police unit was trained to deal with investigation on issues of gender sensitivity.

Wau Police Commissioner Maj. General James Simon the step will enhance the confidence of GBV survivors to report cases to the police station and give suspects privacy to talk.

Simon spoke to Eye radio in Wau yesterday.

“For those of us who do not have one special police to deal with gender issues but in cooperation with UNDP they managed to build section in the main police station in wau town the mission of this untie is to deal with gender and children cases.”

“Because we were dealing with gender and child reports in regular police departments We trained some of the officers in the department and most of the holders of bachelor’s degrees We have trained and equipped them well We have prepared 21 personnel, including officers and soldiers, to run the department.”

The UN Mission in the Country has reported a surge in gender-based violence in South Sudan, fueled by persistent conflict and the climate crisis.

Prominent forms of gender-based violence in the country include sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and forced marriage.

The special police unit was built in collaboration with UN development agency, UNDP.


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