A GBV Reflection

I saw a tweet on my feed, the other day, that said when men were asked what they feared most about going to prison, their response was that they feared being raped.

The tweeter deduced therefore, and only naturally, that what men feared about jail, women fear on a daily basis. Houston, we have a problem!

The recent rape and murder of a young woman in South Africa has caused many Batswana to reflect. It is nothing new. Simply, it was a reminder, similar to when earlier this year, following the airing of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, when young women who had survived sexual violence shed light on the extent of sexual violence in Botswana. Violence, particularly when it is gender-based, is one of our greatest divides as a nation.

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Molepolole unrest: Urgent attention on missing person cases

From Jakoba's mysterious disappearance on November 9 to the grim discovery of his remains at Mosinki Lands, a gap in the response mechanisms of the police and village leadership has been laid bare. The community's anger is evident, seen in the attack on Bakang Masole, the man found driving Jakoba's taxi and the main suspect, and the subsequent riot. Residents express discontent, citing a troubling trend of missing persons cases often...

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