GENDER AND CHILD PROTECTION

The cumulative effects of years of prolong conflict, chronic vulnerabilities and weak essential services have left 7.5 million people – more than two thirds of the population in need of humanitarian assistances. Nearly 4 million people remain displaced: 1.5 million internally and 2.2 million as refugees in neighbouring countries. These displacements have led to family splits leaving many children separated from their parents and families across South Sudan. By end of February 2020, the FTRWG dash board record of Unaccompanied And Separated Children (UASC) increased from 21,502 (9973G & 11529) to 21,522 (9,980G & 11,542B) and out of these, 113 children (56B & 57G) are currently receiving case management and psychosocial support services at the interim care centre , meaning the protective environment around children in south Sudan has been comprised.

The extent of the problem to be addressed;

Throughout the prolonged years of conflict, GBV and unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) due to family splits were reported to be on the increase. Under these circumstances, abandoned and neglected children, especially girls and women have become vulnerable to Gender Based Violence GBV including sexual exploitation. For instance in 2019, from our areas of operation, CCC recorded and reported numerous cases of girls and women raped on their way to fetch firewood, water or to the market. The combination of conflict and economic hardship in addition to the lack of survival opportunities, has forced women and children to engage in negative coping mechanisms, such as child marriage, survival sex, substance abuse, and violence. CCC will ensure that UASC and other orphans and most vulnerable children in need of parental and interim care are protected from abuse by providing lifesaving FTR and interim care with psychosocial support and case management services.

Through funding from UNICEF in 2019, CCC was able to run an Interim care Centre in Juba for both boys and girls with the objective of  creating a  protective environment for children transiting for Reunification and those in IDP settlements in Juba. Children were involved in indoor and outdoor activities, those with psychosocial problems were identified and helped; unaccompanied children (girls & boys) were identified, received and or referred for specialized services. Over 50 children (boys and Girls ) were referred by CP partners’ i.e UNICEF, SCI, Plan international, IsraAID, the State Ministry of Social Development in CES and other CP partners. Over 3000 children (boys & girls ) were supported in the CFS centers in Don Bosco, Lologo and Mahad IDP settlements and host communities in Juba and special attention was put for UASC including girls who were survivors of Sexual abuse. WGFS was maintained with PSS and livelihood activities, school outreach activities on GBV prevention and response and CP were conducted among other activities.