UNMISS organized a conference on how other UN member states are promoting gender equality and working to reduce sexual and gender-based violence. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful world.
JUBA OCTOBER 4: The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is further scaling up its already significant efforts to promote gender equality in the host country.
In line with these ambitions, the peacekeeping mission recently organized a three-day capacity building conference for personnel of South Sudan’s National Prisons Service on how other UN member states are promoting gender equality and working to reduce sexual and gender-based violence by implementing institutional and prison service reforms.
The workshop was under the theme “Gender Friendly Prison Service for Vulnerable Groups in Prison”.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades: More girls are going to school, fewer girls are forced into early marriage, more women are serving in parliament and positions of leadership, and laws are being reformed to advance gender equality.
Girls and boys see gender inequality in their homes and communities every day – in textbooks, in the media and among the adults who care for them.
Harmful gender norms are perpetuated at the highest levels. In some countries, they become entrenched in laws and policies that fail to uphold – or that even violate – girls’ rights, like laws that restrict women from inheriting property.
Boys also suffer from gender norms: Social conceptions of masculinity can fuel child labour, gang violence, disengagement from school, and recruitment into armed groups.