The raging GBV scourge

Speaking out: Mokgethi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Speaking out: Mokgethi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

For years, countries across the globe have been complaining about rising gender-based violence (GBV) cases including in Botswana. With all the campaigns against GBV, we thought 2021 would be better. However, it was no better than last year with rising murder and rape cases. Mmegi correspondent NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE writes

This country as in the previous years continues to raise awareness against GBV as it commemorated the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and other days dedicated to women and children. Despite these efforts, it seems like all the campaigns and teachings are just in vain because everyday cases relating to GBV are reported.

GBV is a great concern in the country as women and the girl child remain victims of men who continue abusing and violating them instead of loving and protecting them. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, which was accompanied by the national lockdowns, movement restrictions and curfews, the prevalence and incidents of GBV have increased. Cases of child rape, incest, violence and even passion killings escalated during the period. This is despite the country signing and formulating policies intended fight the GBV scourge, as implementation remains a challenge.

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