Reflect and discuss: Why prevention in Mercy’s story

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    Nomzamo Ncube

      Violence prevention is key as it reduces the likelihood of violence happening to women and girls. It will also aid to the halting the perpetuity of violence. Prevention will ensure that women and girls live a life free from fear of being raped or physically assaulted.

      Deborah Thorpe

        Violence prevention is important for Mercy’s community because you have intersecting forms of VAW and there is an intergenerational cycle of VAW especially IPV. So just treating the survivors of VAW is not enough because there will always be perpetrators present in the community. Just as in the story with the cholera outbreak within the community, the prevention has a better chance of success than the cure. Some people got better with the cure while others die. In the same way, responding to VAW may help one woman but it can have a lasting impact on her children or another woman may die from her assault whereas another may survive.

        Chantal MUHIMPUNDU

          For Mercy the violence prevention is important in the community because Mercy experienced the VAW shelve in different form of GBV for examples physical,psychological, economic violence and she very affected to live in this violence situation and Mercy feeling also bad to see her neighbors and the entire community living in the violence so she wants people live in peace without VAW


          Reflect and discuss: Why prevention

          1. Think about what you know about violence in Mercy’s story so far. Why is violence prevention important for Mercy’s community?

          It is important to reduce the types of physical, emotional and sexual violence and its consequences in the health environment of women and their children, in addition to the fact that a low rate of violence in a community represents a higher quality of life.

          2. Which activities could prevent violence against women in her community? Give one example of a violence prevention activity.

          Awareness-raising activities on violence against women using tools such as the violent meter and the cycle of violence by Leonor Walker to make visible the patterns of violence, make visible that they are not isolated cases.
          Also artistic activities where the facilitator guides them in making a painting that reflects a community without violence.

          Dellene Clark

            Mercy’s story reflects inter-generational violence. The behaviour and norms of the community entrench and normalise the abuse of power towards girls and women, often by the very women who are abused. Mary’s aunts explained that it was the way in which a man showed his wife his love. In this way the girls grow up to be exposed to sexual and physical violence and boys grow up to be perpetrators thereof. Until there is an understanding of the abuse of power for what it is the cycle will continue. Dialogues or conversation sessions which empower communities to understand the dynamics at play will allow a shift in understanding, behaviour and power. This will address violence at the root of the problem and not just the fruit thereof.

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