Reply To: Reflect and discuss: Why prevention in Mercy’s story

Joan Lanyero

    In Mercy’s story the violence is socialized, looked at as a norm and accepted in a way as the trend is from generation to generation -her mother’s, her own but also happening during her daughters time. Its perpetrated in the private and public sphere by individuals but also the community as they were not really acknowledging it as a vice and doing something about it. People live in fear like Mercy feared for her daughter’s life and was doing everything in her power to protect her.

    Violence prevention is vital and compared to the story of diarhhorea prevention as we realise that Mercy’s bold step to do something about it actually can impact on others and the community can change. So change starts with you and trickles down to the community but also flags that prevention is everyone’s responsibility as violence hurts everyone in the community