The Jwaneng community will tomorrow join First Lady Neo Masisi in a ‘Cycle against GBV campaign’ event as part of her efforts to fight against gender-based violence.
Ms Masisi will be accompanied in the cycling challenge by Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Ms Annah Mokgethi, Jwaneng mayor, Ms Olga Ditsie and Assistant Commissioner of Police Pilane Sebigi among other dignitaries.
In an interview, Ms Ditsie said they were honoured that Jwaneng was chosen as one of the places where the ‘Cycle against GBV campaign’ would take place.
“Remember that the First Lady took an initiative to fight GBV and create awareness through cycling. She started in Gaborone about three weeks back and now she is coming here. It is an honour to us especially that we are also much affected by this problem,” she said.
Ms Ditsie said after the cycling event, Ms Masisi was scheduled to hold a round table discussion with the village leadership such as the MP, dikgosi and councillors.
“This is where the village leadership will have an opportunity to open up on their concerns on GBV and what could be done to heal our society against this issue,” she said.
She said Minister Mokgethi would also get a chance to brief the leadership on what her ministry was doing concerning GBV.
Also on the agenda is Botswana Police Service to give the leadership a picture of the severity of the problem as well as measures being taken to fight it. “GBV is not only in statistics but in the way it is perpetrated as well. Remember that just recently we had a heartbreaking incident of a man allegedly killing his girlfriend and burning her body in a vehicle. All these go many years back as many would still recall the incident of a lady that was cruelly murdered during the Toyota 1000 km desert race here,” she said.
Ms Ditsie said GBV escalated during the COVID-19 lockdowns adding that reported cases were just a tip of the iceberg compared to the ones that went unreported.
She said Jwaneng councillors had been making efforts to create awareness on GBV citing a visit the politicians undertook to different churches on Sundays last month in the process reaching out to about 37 congregations.
Source : BOPA