16 Days Of Activism Against GBV (II) - First Half Of 16 Ways For 16 Days

As has been explored at great length, the rate of gender-based violence (GBV) and more particularly, violence against women and intimate partner violence appear to be at their worst, in all the world’s history.

A few articles ago, centering indicators in the 2018 Botswana Relationship Study, we established that over 90% of adults who are either survivors or perpetrators of GBV or intimate partner violence grew up experiencing violence, themselves. One of the facts that we usually do not discuss violence is that it knows no social or even economic boundaries. It occurs in the developed global north at almost the same rate as in the global south.  The amount that each government spends in responding to GBV is so much, though, that it has been discovered, in some countries to be double what is spent on education. There is great need to intensely delve into the problem, through research and learning.

There is also a gap in collaborative investment in the effective prevention of violence of this sort. Most money in this area is spent in punitive measure against perpetrators, despite the seemingly increasing reports on the matter. One might argue that this is as a result of the single story, argued, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to be dangerous.

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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