Communities Should Help Fight GBV

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Individuals at community level can achieve a lot if they are committed to the fight against gender-based violence (GBV).

Speaking at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against GBV at Kuminda farm in Marobela villane, former Tati Town Customary Court president, Ms Margaret Mosojane, said during the past few years, Botswana society had experienced an increase in domestic violence related to social ills.

Ms Mosojane said, while home was a place supposed to be a safe haven for families, it had turned out that some people no longer looked forward to going to their homes because “no longer do we have peace there”.

As such, she noted that government had initiated programmes aimed at fighting GBV and spreading awareness messages that shed light to the communities. She said it was crucial that peace remained within families for the socio-economic growth of communities at all levels.

Ms Mosojane noted that traditionally, women and children had always enjoyed the protection of men in families, and that cultural beliefs were some of the factors which discouraged victims to come out when they suffer abuse at the hands of those who were supposed to be protecting them.

Furthermore, she pointed out that because of these beliefs, victims remained in abusive relationships because they are afraid of what people will say about them.

In addition, she asserted that poor parenting was also one other factor, which leads to GBV as well, adding that although GBV was a global crisis, it called for individuals to help develop strategies for community action, which will make a national impact.

The one-day workshop was held under the theme ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world, let us end violence against women and children with disabilities.’

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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