She encouraged the public at large to start “conversations” in their homes with their husbands, dads, uncles on what violence means , why it happens, how it can stop and the affect it can have on children for many years to come from watching their elders fight. She quickly added that it is very important to choose the time and place to have these conversations, its best when all is calm and all concerned have the time and space to really listen. She urged the media to keep these conversations alive and play their part in ending GBV.
The partnership comes at a time when discussions in the public arena, including in parliament show that Gender-Based Violence (GBV), is a poignant topic and a national concern. Recent media reports from just this week note that the Police record an average of 6 rape cases per day. There are also concerns of lack of reporting GBV which could possibly be out of fear or the lack of know-how to report. This calls for an urgent concerted all-actors approach.
“In first lockdown in April 2020 the Botswana GBV Prevention and Support Centre was overwhelmed within the first few days into the lockdown,” said Jacinta Barrins, UNDP Resident Representative to Botswana at the event. She added that UNDP has actively been involved with tackling GBV issues under the joint UNDP-Botswana Government Project: Support to the Fulfillment of Human Rights, Access to Justice and the Empowerment of Youth and Women Project (2018-2021).
She also said that during the first lockdown, UNDP supported Botswana GBV Prevention and Support Centre by providing shelter to a total of 26 GBV survivors for a period of 60 days from 8 April 2020 to 6 June 2020.
Jacinta added that the UN family in Botswana, also assisted the Botswana Government—through the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs—with developing a National COVID-19 GBV Response Plan.
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