16 days of activism against gender based violence launched

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By Retšelisitsoe Khabo

On Monday this week, Minister of Gender and Youth Likeleli Tampane launched 16 days of activism against gender-based violence in Lesotho.

Tampane said the launch will start from today, November 25, and will end be concluded on December 10.

Tampane said the campaign to eliminate gender-based violence started in 1991 and Lesotho joined the campaign ten years later, in 2000.

Tampane said there is different campaign each and every year and this year’s campaign is gender-based violence in families is living and it is everyone’s responsibility to eliminate it.

She said the purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness about gender-based violence to all Basotho and to prevent gender-based violence before it happens.

Additionally, Tampane said the campaign is intended to enlighten people that gender based violence is a violation of human rights.

She outlined that the campaign is also meant to strengthen efforts already in place in fighting gender-based violence in Lesotho.

“The campaign is also meant to review the policies and plans that were meant to stop and prevent gender-based violence,” She said.

Tampane said it is everyone’s responsibility to see to it that gender-based violence becomes a thing of the past.

She said Covid-19 has brought with it not only the economic decline but also heightened cases of gender-based violence.

She said during this period of Covid-19 lockdown, Leribe district recorded the highest reported cases of gender-based violence.

Tampane also said during these 16 days of activism against gender-based violence are important days that need to be observed, just like November 29 marked as the international day for elimination of violence against women and December 01 commemorated as World’s AIDS day.

The Minister also outlined government of Lesotho tried so many strategies to fight gender-based violence but their efforts are to no vail.

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