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Foundation launches Gender violence book

Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Thapelo Olopeng says there is an increase in the number of Gender Based Violence (GBV)  cases among women mostly perpetrated by men.

Speaking at the launch of a GBV book published by the THC Masire Foundation on Thursday, Olopeng said he was concerned about young people who have lost their lives as a result of Gender Based Violence.

He said the title of the book; It’s the devil you know, was meant for people who suffered in silence while Gender Based Violence continued to rob them of their happiness and humanity.

“They know that their so called lovers are killers, but cannot report them to the police. After reporting, they withdraw the cases. In this instance, the book sets a tone for the people to fight off this devil they already know.”

“Perhaps time has come for Parliament to consider a law prohibiting victims of GBV from withdrawing cases reported to the police in order for the law to take its course,” he said.

He said ending GBV needed a collective responsibility and should not be left only to few organisations and government and urged all to join in the fight against  the vice.

He therefore commended THC Foundation for making an indelible mark in the fight against gender based violence, saying “stories, plays and poems in this book will be read from generation to generation, and can become valuable literature to our school curriculum. Our children will learn about this devil called GBV and be able to fight it off.”

He  further urged young people to transfer the narrtaives on GBV to into films and have them broadcast in the newly launcehd youth TV channel .

For his part, chairperson of THC Foundation retired Lieutenant General Tebogo Masire said his organisation had  supported  initiatives that advocated promote and protected the rights of victims of GBV who most of the times were women and children.

He said over the years, THC Foundation had been involved in activities aimed at raising awareness on GBV through seminars for tertiary students and workshops for stakeholders and local leadership. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Matshidiso Moseki

Location : GABORONE

Event : Book Launch

Date : Mar 06 Tue,2018


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