Gender-based violence (GBV) is defined as physical, sexual and psychological harm to either men or women and includes any form of violence or abuse that targets people on the basis of their sex, although women and girls are usually the primary victims.
The constitutional review currently underway in southern Sudan aims to transform the interim consitution into one that represents the new independent South Sudan, according to the Minister of Legal Affairs and Constutional Development, John Luk Jok.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, following its establishment during the Socialist International meeting the prior year. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration.
After southern Sudan's people voted for secession from the north last January, the region is looking at development, and extensively providing basic services to the people. Among issues of concern is maternal health with many still choosing traditional methods over modern medical natal care. Miraya's correspondent Tidio Betty took a trip to Terekeka County to talk to expectant mothers, and see the medical facilities and resources available to them. She filed this report.