GBV is an expensive phenomenon

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says gender based violence (GBV) in its varied forms comes at a hefty economic as well as human cost, hence the need to accelerate efforts and resources to contain it. UNFPA Botswana assistant representative Mareledi Segotso told the media this week that GBV was not only a violation of human rights, but also posed massive financial stress.

By virtue of being duty bearers – in a position to push for reforms, promote adherence to laws as well as shape public opinion through availing information for debate - the media was implored to help combat this economic and social ill.  “GBV is very expensive, the amount of resources needed to fight its implications are massive. It also affects productivity in a bad way, if a woman is physically abused for instance, they cannot perform well at work,” she said.

However, no study have been undertaken in Botswana yet to establish the cost of GBV.

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