Botswana: NGOs step up anti-women abuse campaign in Botswana

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s civil society has announced plans to intensify public education against women abuse.

The initiative comes after a young lady was stripped naked and assaulted in the Gaborone bus-terminus for wearing a ‘skimpy skirt’.

Irked by the incident, several non-governmental organisation on Thursday expressed displeasure and announced the intention for a nationwide campaign against women abuse.

Lebohang Letsie, coordinator of the an activists group ‘Right to Wear What We Want’ said the public has to take collective responsibility for increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings of women.

She said the march is pending due to issuance of a police permit.

Non-governmental organisations are calling on the justice system to make sure that action is taken against those who were involved.

Desmond Lunga of Men and Boys Team said they have been engaging with taxi drivers and conductors about sexual harassment in public areas and educating them about what the law says.

Lunga said that the organisation is calling upon taxi drivers associations, street vendors association and the justice system to play their role in educating the public about sexual harassment.

Gomolemo Rasesigo, the country manager for Gender Links, said that they were disturbed by the incident and it is a sign of a bigger problem that needs to be addressed.

Adding voice to the issue Pedzisani Nthusi of Cashiers, Shop Assistant and Allied Workers Union (CASAWU) condemned the incident.

“This is not only a gender-based issue but it is a societal wound that aught to be cured by instilling strong family values,” Nthusi said.

Nthusi further said women should dress as they want without fear of being attacked.
-0- PANA DRW/MA 25May2017

25 may 2017 09:32:37

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