Swedish Embassy: Dedicate International Women Day to South Sudan Refugees

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Speaking at the national celebrations in Dokolo, Johan Bergqvist, the First Secretary Democracy and Human Rights at the Swedish Embassy, said todays celebrations should be dedicated to South Sudanese female refugees living in Uganda for their struggle to provide for their families.

The Swedish Embassy in Uganda wants the commemoration of the International Women's day dedicated for the remembrance of the plight of South Sudanese women and children who have taken refuge in Uganda.

 
This year's International Women's day was commemorated under the global theme "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030." In Uganda, the national celebration was held in Dokolo District under the theme "Women's Empowerment in the changing world of work."

 
Speaking at the national celebrations in Dokolo, Johan Bergqvist, the First Secretary Democracy and Human Rights at the Swedish Embassy, said today's celebrations should be dedicated to South Sudanese female refugees living in Uganda for their struggle to provide for their families.
 
 
Bergqvist noted that about 85 percent of the South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are women and children, many of whom are victims of sexual violence including rape among other atrocities.

 
He however, observed that despite the challenges, many of the women have continued to struggle to ensure their families live a better life. Bergqvist condemned the attack on the women, saying all perpetrators of the violence should be brought to justice.

 
He said there is need to join forces to ensure the refugees attain a normal life as soon as possible, adding that their struggle and fighting spirit should be celebrated on a day like this to encourage them and bring hope to their lives.


On average 4000 South Sudanese flee to Uganda every month because of the violence in their country, according to the United Nation High Commission for Refugees. Bergqvist commended the reception of refugees in Uganda.
 

"But we also understand that Uganda cannot tackle the refugee crisis alone. World leaders can no longer watch passively as so many lives are needlessly put at risk. We must be smart about finding solutions to help refugees and host communities," he said.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.