United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with Botswana Post this week launched a stamp titled “Say No To Gender Based Violence” in an effort to increase awareness about gender based violence against women and girls.
The stamp is part of the UNFPA’s effort to support the United Nations Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign which was launched in 2012.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights globally, with 1 in 3 women and girls having experienced violence in their lifetime.
Over two thirds of women in Botswana (67%) have experienced some form of gender based violence in their lifetime including partner violence.
A smaller, but still high, proportion of men (44%) admit to perpetrating violence against women. In contrast, only 1.2% of Batswana women reported cases of GBV to the police in the same period.
Thus the prevalence of GBV reported in the survey is 24 times higher than that reported to the police.
UNFPA Botswana Country Representative Aisha Camara-Drammeh said; “the partnership with the Botswana Post to send messages on GBV nationally is timely to ensure that both women and men are informed of the magnitude ad types of violence against women and girls.
I believe that Botswana Post is therefore a natural partner to deliver messages against gender based violence across the country with its letter delivery.”
Botswana Post delivers over one million letters a month with an annual mail forecast for the year at over 28 million excluding Bulk Mail.
Every letter dispatched by Botswana Post will carry the GBV stamp on the envelope encouraging the public to “say NO to gender based violence”.
This is expected to increase men, women, boys’ and girls’ knowledge of gender based violence
Botswana Post CEO Pele Moleta said; “Through this initiative we are ensuring our contribution to preventing violence against women and creating a healthy civil society.
We hope this stamp issue goes some way to helping people make informed choices and change attitudes and practices on gender equality.”
This stamp is part of an awareness campaign for women as well as men that the rights to life, the right not to be beaten or tortured, are fundamental human rights without distinction to gender, race, religion or nationality.