Tears of the boy-child

Left behind: The fight against gender-based violence often neglects the boy-child victim
Left behind: The fight against gender-based violence often neglects the boy-child victim

The wording commonly used in the media and the general public in Botswana is 'passion killings' for domestic violence deaths.

According to a Demographic and Health Survey done in Kenya some years ago, domestic violence is assessed as abuse within the household by various perpetrators defined as “partner/spousal violence by current or former spouse or partner”.

In a recent edition, Mmegi highlighted some aspects that the boy-child experiences when growing up, which mostly are driven by some traditional and cultural dynamics in society. As a result, the effects lead the young man to a troubled life and in the long term could result in gender-based violence with the boy-child or man labelled as a perpetrator.

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