23.05.2017-BONELA CONDEMNS GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS

23.05.2017-BONELA CONDEMNS GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS


The  Botswana  Network  on  Ethics  Law  and  HIV/AIDS  (BONELA)  condemns  all  forms  of  Gender  Based Violence against women and young girls.
This  call  follows an incident that  took place at Gaborone Bus Rank recently, where a young woman was verbally abused, stripped naked and publicly humiliated and degraded by a mob of men. The perpetrators attempted to justify their actions with the fact that the young woman was wearing a short skirt.
“Such  acts  of  violence  against  women  and  young  girls  should  be  condemned  in  the  strongest  terms possible  as  they  limit  women  and  girl’s  constitutional  rights  to  freedom  of  movement,  freedom  of expression  and  the  right  to  dignity.  Women  are  rights  holders  and  society  should,  therefore  respect, promote and protect these rights”, said Cindy Kelemi, Executive Director of BONELA.


The  Protocol  on  Gender  and  Development  (2008),  defines  Gender  Based  Violence  as  all  acts  perpetrated against women, men, girls, and boys on the basis of their sex which cause or could cause them physical, sexual psychological, emotional or economic harm - including the threat to take such acts or to undertake the imposition of arbitrary restrictions on or deprivation of fundamental freedoms in private or public life in peace times or during situations of armed or other forms of conflicts.


Gender  Based  Violence  Indicators  Study,  found  that  over  two-thirds  of  women  in  Botswana  have experienced  some  form  of  gender-based  violence  in  their  lifetime,  and  67%  of  women  reported  being victims  of  intimate  partner  violence.  “The  high  incidence  of  Gender  Based  Violence  is  a  clear  indication that  we  need  to  strengthen  our  gender  programmes  at  community  as  well  as  policy  levels.  The  family therefore plays a key role in educating both the boy and girl child about Gender Based Violence in order to build a violence free society”, said Felistus Motimedi, Programmes Manager at BONELA.
BONELA therefore calls on:


-  The Police to investigate the Bus Rank incident, and ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
-  Civil  society  organisations  to  intensify  community  sensitization  on  Gender  Based  Violence  to prevent such from recurring.
-  The  public,  particularly  men,  to  lead  the  fight  against  gender-based  violence  by  modelling  good practice.


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