Reflect and discuss: Why prevention in Mercy’s story

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    Prevention is Mercy’s story is very important it helps the transaferance of violence in generations. Mercy saw violence as normal because she grew up witnessing it all her life, and accepted it as a normal behavior. Bringing in the prevention idea will help curb violence both at a personal, community and society level


      Physical, Sexual, Emotional and Economic violence’s are very common in most communities around the world and not in Mercy’s community only. In Mercy’s community we saw that a girl as young as 15 years old was forced to get marinade because she is pregnant and Mercy herself is also the victim of economic violence where the husband takes all the money that she earned after selling some goods at the market and in return she was been given little amount of money to manage the house Not only that, but also beating and shouting to her in the presence of their kids . As such, prevention can be very important because it can help end of VAW not only that but it can also clear the misconception that it is normal in the family for a man to beat his wife

      Saroj Bhushal

        Mercy´s story indicates how violence is created and simplified in Mercy´s family and community. There are deep rooted cultural and social beliefs that violence is just a key part of life and being married which will pass down to children and violence against women led continue. Prevention is crucial to challenge some of these harmful social norms, breaking the silence of culture, enhance justice seeking behavior and promote healthier relationships and positive coping mechanisms otherwise it will continue unchallenged. Addressing the root cause, like the scenario of the diarrhoea in the community from the water source, is key to make any inroads on challenging violence against women.

        Violence against women needs to be discussed and speak up intensively, like in the project in Rwanda, these discussions need to be had among women and men, especially couples to start to challenges these beliefs and harmful gender norms. Working with men and boys is key change agent, GBV awareness raising, GBV reduction initiatives, creating spaces for dialogues with key stakeholders in the community who have influence like community and religious leaders, working with groups like husbands, dialogue religious dialogue and CBOs, PTS ( Parent ,teacher and student) interaction, family dialogue and so on.


          Violence prevention is important for Mercy’ community because they believe men beating up their wives is normal and women see it as a sign of love. Hence this mentality shall affect the upcoming generation who shall continue with the same vice of violence against women. Additionally, the beating up wives increases fear among children which have psychological effects on them. For girls who grow up in an environment with violence, they are also likely to have the same cycle in their lifetime while for boys they might become perpetrators of violence themselves.
          Violence prevention is also key for this community to avoid girls who get pregnant being forced into unintended marriages and also hence affecting the realization of their full potential in life.

          Susan Oduor

            Prevention of violence in Mercy’s community is important. Just like the scientists were able to test and diagnose the problem we equally need to conduct routine gender analysis to be able to appreciate what is happening in the community the new trends of violence and what is causing the violence. Due to our different cultures, women are socialized to accept forms of violence to mean love, subordination and respect for their spouses. It is therefore important to come with up programs that will sensitize women and girls on what violence against women and girls and even intimate partner violence is and encourage them to talk. This would reduce the complications of VAWG and IPV had occur in the society. We should also work on prevention to ensure that our children are not brought up in violent situations thus leading to normalization of abuse and violence. Prevention will ensure that Mercy is able to make decisions as to their finances, make better decisions like ensuring that her daughter goes back to school and get education which will ensure that she becomes a better person and a woman who is empowered.

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