Gender Based Violence (GBV)

So I have been a bit AWOL, my apologies!

I had the honor and privilege of attending a two day workshop last week hosted by Petlo Literary Trust and sponsored by THC (Tebogo Horatius Carter) Foundation and Stanbic Bank Botswana. (Thanks again Cheryl)!

It was an eye-opener for me, you know sometimes you ‘know things’ until you discover that you do not really know. It was there that I realized often time we are either ignorant of facts or maybe the facts have not been widely researched. One statistic that I learnt was that only 1/9 women actually report rape. What about the other 8 women? It is a horrifying statistic, and in this day and age, one would hope that things would be better, but they are not *tear drop*

It is a painful fact to acknowledge that everyday women are being raped, physically abused, emotionally wounded and have their being reduced to nothingness, and to some men this seems normal to do, and not only by men, women do this to other women too.

How do we protect the woman?                                                                                                       How do we protect the girl child?

We talk about it, we make so much noise the perpetrators or potential abuses feel judged even before taking that sickening step. We need to keep educating men and women; some people are in abusive relationships and they don’t even know it, to them its normal.

We Need to abnormalise (word power) the normal!

We need to go back to that African (people) tradition of putting ourselves in other people’s shoes. What if that was me? What if that was my sister? What if that was my mother? What if that was my brother? What if that was my friend? What if this was someone I know?

The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 22v39, “And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There must be something wrong with abusers inside, that’s what sin does, it defiles us from the inside. But this does not in anyway excuse their unspeakable behavior.

Let’s keep talking, raise more awareness. Eliminate ignorance levels. But beyond the talk let us do something, help in any small way we can. Let’s go beyond the 16 days of GBV.


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