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Megan Denise Smith
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Mercy was not able to do other activities that boys would do, the separation of gender roles happens at such an early age. Then she could not continue her education past primary school and did not have the opportunity to work. She got married at a young age and also became a mother who is balancing productive and reproductive roles. She now repeats many of the behaviours she learned because she thinks its in the best interest of her daughter to focus on learning how to become a good wife and mother. The violence she experienced is so ingrained and normalised that she questions how can a law prevent violence from occurring inside the home. Important to note in previous videos that violence was accepted by her mother and female relatives who said its part of being married and can be “good”

If the physical violence is normalised then other forms of violence are likely to be normalised perhaps denial of resources, emotional violence, and so on. She will also have the same expectations for her daughter thereby perpetuating a cycle of violence which will be reinforced by her family and the community.