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By Caroline Nyamayemombe, Gender/ Gender Based Violence Specialist for UNFPA in South Sudan.
The consequences of sexual violence at the individual, family and community level means the loss to that community – socially and economically. Sexual violence against women and girls robs them of an opportunity to choose when and with whom to have sex and should one conceive as a result of the rape they have also lost control over the decision on child bearing. In some African countries we know that sexual violence takes place against a backdrop of early and forced marriage.
A 410,000–strong petition has been handed to the United Nations calling for women and girls to be put at the heart of the world’s next poverty reduction targets.
The I Decide Petition, which was started by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, aimed to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights were a central focus of the Sustainable Development Goals being decided this month (SDGs).
People from 151 countries around the world signed the petition which has been handed to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.