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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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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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Sun ePaper Wednesday 05 August 2020

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