Positive response to Gender based Violence Outreach

Prominent South African DJ DBN Gogo real name Mandisa Radebe delivered a top-notch show that kept the crowd on its feet till the wee hours of Monday morning at Umguza Yacht Club in Bulawayo over the weekend. Dubbed the vaccination party, the event organisers partnered with different organisations including Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) to conscientise people about the different forms of Gender Based violence and its impact on people’s mental well-being.

The show was held at a time when momentum is building towards the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence annual campaign which commences on the 25th of November to the 10th of December.

Speaking at the event, prior to posing GBV related questions to the audience, the Master of Ceremony, Xolani Ncube emphasised that men should not perpetrate GBV on women as they are considered as softer targets, which is in line with this year’s theme, “Orange the World: End Gender-Based Violence on Women Now.”

“I would like to believe that you all, Bulawayo men, that are in attendance, don’t beat women. We, as men, have an obligation to ensure that women and young girls are safe. We should not perpetrate gender-based abuses on them”, said Ncube.

Ncube also asked GBV related questions to the attendees and got overwhelming responses from youth who were keen on responding, showing that there is vast knowledge on Gender-Based Violence. The audience showed knowledge on the dates for the 16 days of activism against GBV, this year’s GBV theme and the forms of GBV.

WILD also conducted vox pops with some of the young people who attended the show.

“There are different forms of GBV and these include economic, emotional, physical and sexual. GBV affects everyone. Once a member of the family is abused, it affects children as well. Once one notices the red flags against GBV it is important to report it,” said one of the youths who was interviewed.

Marceline Dube who was also interviewed to share her thoughts on GBV awareness highlighted that she would take up the initiative of disseminating information on GBV to her peers, as young women are the primary victims of such abuses.

“I would like to thank WILD for tirelessly working to ensure information around GBV is disseminated even after the 16 days of activism against GBV. I will spread the word to my peers and ensure they know all there is to know about GBV, as peer-to-peer exchanges are more effective,” highlighted Dube.

A total of five young people won t-shirts after responding correctly to the questions that were posed during a question-and-answer session as a way of information dissemination on GBV ahead of the annual 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The young people highlighted that they are ready to spread the word and orange the world!

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