GBV – A Call for National Dialogue

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 15 August 2018   |   By Gabz-fm
GBV – A Call for National Dialogue

As Gabz-FM, like the rest of the nation, we are increasingly concerned about the continued gender based violence and killings in Botswana. We express our condolences to the families of all casualties. The recent incidents in Tlokweng, Maun, Molepolole, Matsiloje among others, have brought national attention to a reality that exists in Botswana: the need for dialogue on the root causes of the ills facing our society. It is our belief that while the current events may be jarring, they remain an object and not the subject. It is in this context that we are prompted to offer our platform to all the Citizens and Residents of Botswana to engage in this national dialogue.

We have a responsibility towards this Nation’s development effort and by providing our platform for the Nation to engage in these difficult, yet important dialogues that place a mirror before us, we demonstrate this commitment. For us, not only can we standby and do nothing, but we cannot also afford to forget, even after the attention of the media fades, even when the discussions are hard and the feelings of hopelessness make us question whether these ills will ever be truly overcome. Indeed, this is when it becomes most important. Finally, as the preeminent Radio Station for dialogue and critical engagement, Gabz-FM is prepared to join Government in promoting policies that can help overturn these challenges.

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We urge all of us to remain calm in the face of these storms as this will help us approach them with the clarity that panic cannot afford us currently. We call on Magosi, Local government, Civil society, academia, community builders, Men, Women and Children to rise and offer practical strategies in order to take advantage of the "teachable moment" afforded by these frustratingly tragic events. Let us all ask ourselves what our role can be in making our society more just and safe for all People living in Botswana.  We remain, as always, at the service of this beloved nation.

Station Manager

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