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Gender based violence cases expected to rise

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BY TLOTLO MBAZO
Botswana Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre (BGBVPSC) has secured four more safe houses in different areas to cater for gender-based violence survivors who need shelter during the 28-day lockdown.
According to the CEO of BGBVPSC, Lorato Moalusi, the Centre has been receiving more cases on a daily basis since the beginning of the lockdown on Friday and are expecting more.
“We’ve had to turn away a GBV survivor last Thursday because of limited spaces, but we are happy that we are with her now,” Moalusi says, adding that this is what the are trying to avoid by securing more space.
Currently the principal shelter in Gaborone is full as they were forced to cut to half their normal capacity of 20 to only 10 as a result of the Covid-19 regulations.
Moalusi adds that they are preparing for the inevitable by setting up more safe houses. She appeals to good samaritans to assist with furniture such as beds, cooking facilities and kitchen utensils.
BGBVPSC in collaboration with other youth and child care organizations as well as the Ministry of Health and Wellness is also actively involved in humanitarian care of the less previledged during the lockdown by supplying care packages including toiletries and food. They have already distributed to targeted families in Gaborone, Gabane, Tlokweng, Metsimotlhabe, Mmopane and Ghantsi.
Moalusi adds that they have also been proactive to offer phycho-social support to frontline workers, staff in two of the 14 quarantine sites and to those that have been quarantined. They have availed 30 counselors from five NGOs – BGBVPSC, Women Against Rape in Maun, BOSASNET, Child Line and LEGABIBO.
“We started on Saturday assigning two of our cousellors per quarantine centres that we chose to work with, that is Cresta Lodge and Grand Aria,” Moalusi says.
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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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