South Africa, Botswana: The South Central Division Administration Officer (DAO), Senior Superintendent Masilo Motswiri, said it is important to change the mind set of men pertaining to the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Division Administration Officer Motswiri was speaking during the start of a one-day Football Tournament organised by the International Police Association (IPA), South Central Region, held in Gaborone on Saturday (09/09/2023). He said having discussions on Gender Based Violence, especially with men, may help reduce GBV, which has an adverse effect on society.
He said IPA organised the tournament with a common goal of sensitising men on GBV. He urged them to implement initiatives geared towards ending GBV with a view of making their communities better places to live in.
For her part, Commanding Officer Health Services at SSG, Senior Superintendent Boitshwarelo Ramahobo, urged men to come up with strategies for dealing with GBV as, in most cases, they are the perpetrators.
She urged men to adopt both behavioural and mind set change initiatives, such as continuous engagement in activities geared towards fighting GBV. The tournament featured four Gaborone based social club soccer teams made up of police officers and civilian players.
The International Police Association is a Police Social Institution for retired and serving members of the police across the world, which aim to improve the relationship among police officers.
Earlier, in august, the LMCI Group also joined the Chats Foundation to promote wellness and stand against gender-based violence at their empowering Chats Bua Lenna Wellness Day. We believe in creating a safe, supportive environment that fosters positive change for a better future, said LMCI.
The Chats Bua Le Nna Foundation was founded in January 2022, in remembrance of the late Chatapiwa Keakantse, who lost her life at the hands of her former partner on the 14th of January 2021. She was an attorney at Bookbinder Business Law and at the time, “Chats” or “Chatah”, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, is just one of thousands of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) victims in Botswana.