The Coordinator of Women Against Rape (WAR) Peggie Ramaphane has accused Maun community leaders for not taking the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse seriously.
Speaking to The Voice after kick starting their line up of events which includes visiting most places in Ngamiland District, Ramaphane cried foul at the reception they got from influential people especially heads of departments in various government departments.
“Some of those who took part are junior officers who do not have influence in the community and it derails our progress in eliminating or preventing violence and sexual abuse,” she said .
She judging from this it clear that they not being appreciated in Maun, and that people do not take them seriously.
She said that their aim is raise awareness about gender based violence and create tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.
At Shakawe, Ramaphane mentioned that there was low turnout by women even though they are the ones mostly affected.
Meanwhile statistics from Maun police show that 93 women have been raped while 31 have been defiled since the beginning of the year.
Ramaphane said that the numbers did show that there is lot that needs to be done. The theme for this year’s celebrations is, ‘From Peace in the home to peace in the world, prevent violence against women.’