Friday, 19 December 2014

Men Urged To Uphold Women’s Rights

By Joseph Nashion

MARIDI, 11 December 2014 [Gurtong] – Men have been urged to refrain from practices that infringe on the rights of women in Western Equatoria State.

Speaking when he graced celebrations to mark the 16 days of activism against sexual and gender based violence on Monday at the bus park in Maridi town, Maridi Diocesan Bishop Justin Badi said women form a major component of the society.

He encouraged both men and women to embrace ways of solving issues rather than resorting to violence.

"We the people of Maridi should learn to respect our rights and to manage our own feelings, including loving our spouses. By so doing, cases of domestic violence will be greatly reduced”, he said.

The bishop urged area residents to uphold peace, saying it is the backbone of a successful society that is devoid of violence.

“ I also appeal to everyone in this society to stop coercing girls into forced marriages as it is a form of violence against women”, he said.


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