Like many things this year, my approach to gender based violence is different. The problem though, it’s still the same as it’s always been since this activism started. However, one thing I’ve learnt this year is that old methods don’t always work and certainly haven’t in this regard. So, I’m taking responsibility and reaching out. I hope many others do the same. Responsibility starts with me, considering how prevalent and unexpected gender-based violence is, I have become more proactive than passive in my activism. I I’ve become more aware of what’s happening around me not just in my immediate environment but generally.
Experience teaches that SGB can happen to anyone at any time and the perpetrators can be anyone even people we trust. They could vary from strangers to acquaintances I’m situations could range from domestic violence, date rape and even emotional cruelty. I’ve learnt it’s mostly about power and control but can also be opportunistic.
Most likely perpetrators are physically stronger, influential and are to be manipulative ,adept at covering their tracks and used to having their way. Probably think they’re entitled to do what they want without consequence. That’s why it’s important that we take responsibility for our safety. We have to protect ourselves as and look out for each other.
Pledges aren’t enough. People must be held accountable, individually ,we must take responsibility of a safety and reach out to victims and vulnerable people.