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Up game to fight gender-based violence

Speak Out on Violence: DORIS KASOTE
THE year 2019 comes with different hopes and aspirations.
Though it sometimes may be hard but it is good not to be bogged down by the happenings of the previous year for one reason or the other.
Some fights take a lot of perseverance to be won. The fight against gender-related violence takes a lot.
I would be lying to state that it is a fight that could be won overnight but the bottom line is, with a lot more effort, something positive could come out of it.
As the saying goes, Rome was not built in one day, so is the winning of such fights.
They cannot be won within a shortest period of time. There are several factors that have to be identified and rooted out. Such factors include traditions and cultures that are deep-rooted. Such traditions require a lot of patience and sensitising communities on their ills.
For instance, why should we still have child brides? In some parts of the country, especially the rural set-up, as soon as girls reach puberty, they are married off. Their families believe getting a few goats for their daughter is a way of bettering the family, yet such decisions only make them continue with the cycle of poverty. Other families would rather send the boy-children to herd cattle instead of being in school.
Investing in a child’s education is immeasurable. Parents should never feel it is a waste of money to invest in a child’s education, boy or girl. One thing that can never be taken away from a person is their education. Everything else could be taken away from you but your knowledge will never be.
I have always believed education moulds a person. The perception of the way an educated person and an uneducated one look at issues is totally different. Besides the perceptions, when children are educated, they in turn contribute to the development of the country.
There are several other cultures that need to be done away with. This is why it is important to engage with traditional leaders on the importance of sensitising their subjects.
Most traditional leaders have seen the need of participating in such campaigns because some traditions that have been practised since time immemorial cause more harm than good.
At the same time, I am not in any way suggesting that we need to do away with tradition and culture. Culture and tradition give us an identity but what I am against are those that are harmful to the well-being of society.
Until next week, let’s keep in touch and do have a fruitful and blessed 2019.

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