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Lesotho intensifies fight against gender-based violence

Local women and girls marching against gender based violence


March 30, 2021 2 min read

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THE Director of Gender ’Matau Futho-Letsatsi has called on community leaders to intensify the fight against gender based violence in a bid to promote the safety and welfare of others.

She said it is imperative for those in authority to teach others about the importance of ensuring the safety of others rather than abuse or oppress them.

Ms Futho-Letsatsi it is vital for people to be knowledgeable about gender based violence in order to avoid victimising survivors.
The COVID-19 pandemic she said has worsened the situation, as more women and girls have lost their jobs, therefore are at the mercy of their partners to take care of them.
She said this has also in general negatively affected the economy as the country is investing in protecting women and girls rather than on developmental issues.

 


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“Gender equality and gender based violence affect us all, everyone has the responsibility to stop violence,” she also said.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world.

The body further shows that gender-based violence knows no social, economic or national boundaries.

Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime.

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