The Inclusive Social Policy Thematic Group Strongly Condemns Violent Atrocities Against Women

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07 August, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT

 

URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED TO END THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THE GIRL CHILD

 

GABORONE, 7TH AUGUST 2018

We members of the Inclusive Social Policy Thematic Group of the Botswana Council of Nongovernmental Organizations (BOCONGO) met on, August 7th, 2018 at BOCONGO Offices and amongst many issues discussed is the concern over recent rise in cases of violence against women in Botswana.  Cases in point are the recent gruesome killings of the young women in Tlokweng and Maun.

We condemn in the strongest of terms these violent atrocities against women, atrocities which put even the girl child at risk. It is disheartening to note that when we are supposed to be celebrating women we are now mourning for our women.

Gender based violence is now one of the most rampant violations of human rights in the world, one of the least prosecuted crimes, and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development even in modern societies.

We need to protect our women and children collectively as Batswana. We call upon all stakeholders, government, law enforcers, parents, community leaders and general populace to act against the increasing cases of violence particularly on women befalling our society.

We must all act to prevent gender-based violence by addressing all the root causes of gender inequality and discrimination. Our call is for a long-term, systemic and comprehensive approach that recognizes and protects women’s and children’s full and equal human rights through institutional and legal reform, education, awareness-raising and the full engagement of men and boys as part of the solution. Let us stand together united to protect our women and girls.

Lastly, we send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones and may the souls of the deceased rest in eternal peace.

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BOCONGO Communications Office: 3911319