'Gender-based violence on the rise in Botswana'

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s educators have condemned sexual abuse of girls and young women with Chatapiwa Mabutho, Secretary for Gender at Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) on Wednesday lamenting that family members are protected after perpetrating rape and sexual abuse of children.

“Young underage girls in different communities in our nation are taken away from school and forced into marriages with much older men and a blind eye is turned when young girls are coerced into sexual relationship with older men because it benefits the family and girls,” said Mabutho.

Mabutho said the trend was mostly attributed to cultural norms, traditional beliefs and practices that made acts of gender-based violence, such as underage marriages, legitimate.

The call comes, as the country joins the world to commemorate and create awareness over
gender-based violence.

This year's theme by the United Nations for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is ‘Leave no one behind: End violence against women and girls’

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Caucus on Women has expressed concern about a recent incident in which a nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and murdered in Gaborone’s suburb of White City.

Botlogile Tshireletso, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus on Women, said this crime occurred despite children’s right to life and protection against sexual abuse and exploitation by the law.

Over the past 22 months, Botswana has recorded at least 728 births for mothers aged 16 years and below.
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29 نوفمبر 2017 10:17:11

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