Botswana: Choundry Urges Nations to Step Up Fight Against GBV

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Hukuntsi — United Nations (UN) resident coordinator, Mr Ziachou Choundry, has urged nations to step up the protection of women and children.

Mr Choundry said this during launch of 16 days of activism against gender based violence (GBV) in Hukuntsi.

He said more still needed to be done to keep women and children safe.

He said a woman was killed, raped or silenced every day while 15 million adolescent girls were sexually abused every year as a result of patriarchal views of the society. A third of the women, he said, were killed by their partners or family members.

He said GBV usually affected the victims sexually, psychologically, physically, emotionally, financially and described it as the worst pandemic of the world today.

While he appreciated the role played by Non-state actors, he said a lot still needed to be done especially in the area of financing. He argued that more funding could capacitate the organizations to collect data and improve preventative services they offered especially by coming up with a multi-sectoral approach that would address the root cause of the problem.

To this end, he urged parents to teach their children to be honest, respect themselves and others and never allow anyone to take away their dignity.

Mr Choundry also encouraged parents to love each other and model a behavior that would compel children to also love and respect their partners in future.

Mr Choundry has furthermore reaffirmed UN's commitment to standing with the nation against the vice.

Meanwhile the Minister of Nationality,Immigration and Gender Affairs and Nationality Ms Annah Mokgethi shared statistics that six women were raped across the country every day.

She further said 37 per cent of women and 22 per cent of men have been abused before.

In the Hukuntsi Sub district alone, she said 50 per cent of women have been abused before.

Speaking to BOPA after the launch Hukuntsi Sub-council deputy chairperson Ms Kebaneilwe Mmesetse said she was worried about the statistics.

She said they have created committees around the sub-district with a view to scaling up efforts to nip the pandemic in the bud.

Ms Mmesetse also shared her wish to create an outreach programme for settlements around Hukuntsi, where she said GBV was rife, to create more awareness.

However she accused some parents of defeating the course of justice by either turning a blind eye to incidents of abuse or encouraging victims to drop the charges soon after the cases had been reported.

Source : BOPA

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