Renowned gender activist and the founder of Keabonye Ntsabane Gender Based Violence Trust, Ms Keabonye Ntsabane, says gender based violence (GBV) victims should be given an opportunity to speak.
She said recently in an interview that, there was need to enable the community to see severity of the problem.
“These people’s voices need to be heard. We need to listen to victims and learn from them,” said Ms Ntsabane, who is also councillor for Taung ward in the Ramotswa constituency.
She said a lot of efforts had gone towards condemning GBV, while little attention had been given to the victim’s voice.
Ms Ntsabane said allowing the victims to tell their stories could change perceptions about GBV.
However, she said for GBV to stop, it would take an individual’s determination to avoid violence and cease from doing it. Ms Ntsabane said all that stakeholders could do was to inform communities about the dangers and effects of GBV.
Ntsabane said efforts to condemn GBV by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and First Lady, Ms Neo Masisi were laudable adding that such noble efforts would go a long way in the fight against the problem. She further called upon all leaders to emulate the first family in condemning and educating the public about GBV.
She further said government should be commended for working hard to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the coordination and management of the national GBV response.
Ms Ntsabane, however, added that there was need to strengthen existing efforts due to the complexity of managing GBV describing as unfortunate the parading of GBV scenes in social media saying such brought pain and trauma to the victims and their families.