US embassy hosts discussion on gender-based violence

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The United States embassy will host a two-day roundtable discussion on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) starting tomorrow at Tautona Lodge in Ghanzi.

The objective is to bring together key stakeholders - community leaders, officials from government and the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), NGOs, gender researchers, and youth leaders - to determine a set of specific actions to reduce GBV in the Ghanzi District. US Ambassador to Botswana Michelle Gavin will join the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu in the discussion. The roundtable discussion is a follow-up to two key events:

*The '16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence' which is a United Nations campaign that takes place annually from November 25 (International Day of No Violence Against Women) through December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The campaign focuses primarily on generating increased awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children as well as on society as a whole.

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