A group in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, Men and Boys for Gender Equality (MBGE), is set to host the first-ever gender-based violence (GBV) activism award ceremony in the city on June 11.
The MBGE Programme Co-ordinator, Mr. Desmond Lunga, revealed during an interview that it is part of the group’s ongoing commitment in recognizing heroes to curb skyrocketing GBV statistics in Botswana as the initiative was conceptualized to encourage members of the public, particularly men and boys, in educating their communities about ending GBV and promoting healthy lifestyles for women, men and children.
“These awards are a form of mobilizing communities in actively engaging in ending GBV and also be the organization’s contribution to observing the annual 16 Days of Activism against GBV which starts from November 25 to December 10” he said.
Mr Lunga further disclosed that the event was also intended to appreciate efforts that different entities made towards ending GBV.
Explaining details of the event, Ms Ontlametse Raleru, who is part of the organizers noted that preparations for the event, which would be live-streamed on different media platforms, are in advance stages and there would be different categories of awards recognizing individuals, groups, companies, Non-Governmental Organisations and government departments.