Boxing Federation to use kickboxing to mitigate GBV

Boxing Federation to use kickboxing to mitigate GBV
Tereza president of boxing federation, Female boxers, UNFPA officials pose for group photo yesterday in Juba at the Boxing center in Jebel,(photo; city review)

The South Sudan Boxing Federation, together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), teamed up to make boxing a tool to fight gender-based violence.

They said women and girls need to acquire some boxing skills to protect themselves against GBV.

The federation and UNFPA raised this concern during the commemoration of the 16 days of activism with a call to create platforms for women to prosper.

Speaking at the event yesterday, Dr. Ademola Olajide, the UNFPA Country Director to South Sudan, said the country cannot talk of peace when there is still gender-based violence and that it is impossible for South Sudan to grow without women.

“It is impossible for us as a nation to grow to the level we want if we do not create the conditions where females and males can strive.”

He challenged the social norms that exclude girls from the productive space.

“We want to be able to work with the boxing federation (female) and the football associations to show that what men can do, women can do and even do better.”

Ademola urged the government to challenge negative social norms to create platforms for women and girls to prosper, become champions of gender equality and put an end to gender-based violence

 “When the South Sudan basketball team made history, the entire nation united around their history, forgetting tribes, genders, and social divisions. Therefore, we know that through the platform of sports, we can build South Sudan where everybody can begin to subscribe to one’s sole ideology, the ideology of peaceful, prosperous South Sudan.”

Meanwhile, Tereza Athian pointed out that the campaign against gender-based violence should not only be done during 16 days of activism but should be a continuous campaign.

“The 16 days of activism that we are celebrating today is not something that we are doing today and then stopping. We have to advocate, and we have to raise awareness.”

Dr. Joseph Geng Akech, the national minister for youth and sports, challenged the youth, who he said constitute over 70 percent of the country’s population, to embrace peace and unity.

 “The message of peace and unity is not for any other percentage, but it’s for youth because peace brings development. It allows issues of inclusivity, diversity, and tolerance.”

He said his priority is to foster peace and unity among the youth by changing their attitudes.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a key international moment to call for an end to violence against women and girls.

The campaign normally begins on November 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day