Kuminda Farm to Host Campaign Against GBV

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kuminda farm in Marobela lands will for the second year running host a commemoration of 16 days against gender based violence (GBV) on December 6.

In an interview, Ms Lucy Hinchliffe of Kuminda Farm explained that the main objective of the commemoration was to bring together women, men and youth from all walks of life and in particular rural communities to speak out against gender based violence

Ms Hinchliffe explained that they were expecting around 300 participants to attend the commemoration. The event, she highlighted, would be the second of its kind after the inaugural one last year where the former US Ambassador to Botswana, Ms Michelle Gavin officiated.

Last year, she said the event, held in partnership with UNFPA, was attended by gender activists passionate about stopping gender based violence.

This year, Ms Hinchliffe highlighted that one of the most committed and passionate gender activists who is also a former Tatitown customary court president, Ms Ludo Mosojane will officiate and facilitate.

She explained that they chose Ms Mosojane because she was an aocate who had done a lot on gender issues and her previous work entailed dealing with issues of gender based violence which was a scourge currently affecting families across the country.

Further, she explained that Kuminda farm had become an alternative venue for hosting such social events as the Gender Affairs department had over the years sought to change the hosting of commemorative events in towns to smaller and more remote localities.

“Kuminda Farm also recognises the need for it to contribute to the aancement of women, girl children and the youth. It also sees itself becoming a destination and venue of choice for events that promotes awareness, positive change and collective action on issues of social development,” she said.

Consequently, she added that Kuminda intended opening the space for women, men and youth from all walks of life to share information on critical issues such as gender based violence.

She also asserted that gender based violence was a reflection of the unequal power relations between women and men, resulting in the domination and discrimination of women by men.

Ms Hinchliffe said gender based violence included physical and sexual violence, as well as economic, psychological and emotional abuse which occurred in families in forms such as threats, intimidation, battery, sexual abuse of children, economic deprivation, marital rape, femicide, female genital mutilation and traditional practices harmful to women.

She also mentioned that the gender based violence indicators study conducted and published in 2012 by Gender Links and the Gender Affairs Department, made reference to the fact that two thirds of women in Botswana (67 per cent) had experienced some form of gender violence in their lifetime, including partner and non-partner violence.

“A smaller but still high proportion of men (44 per cent) admit to perpetrating violence against women,” she said.

The Marobela lands-bound commemoration, she said would sensitise and create awareness amongst a critical mass of rural women, men and the youth on the types.

It would also cover causes and effects of gender based violence, giving rural women in particular, an opportunity to open up on issues of gender based violence and suggest ways in which it can be jointly combated.

Topics to be discussed also include the role of reproductive health in GBV, sexual abuse issues, emotional abuse, inheritory effects of GBV, exploring the link between culture and gender based violence and community attitudes towards sexual offences.

Thus, Ms Hinchliffe appealed to corporate organisations to come on board and partner with them as sponsors to make the day successful as well as collectively fight the scourge of gender based violence which affects everybody in the society.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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