Reflect and discuss: Why prevention in Mercy’s story

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      Mercy’s story, shows that she has been exposed to violence in many forms that include physical, psychological/ emotional, and economic that has too resulted in her girl child dropping out to look after her siblings as well as help her with market ventures. So its imperative to prevent violence to avoid recurrence or increase severity.

      Activities to prevent violence should target agency, inter-relations, community and systems and of key from Mercy story should include economic activities to boost their household financial streams so as to meet basic needs, promote power to contribute in decision making regarding resource utilization and to meet the needs of her girl child to include education


        In Mercy’s community, we see different forms of violence against women happening – the physical, Economic, sexual violence, and emotional violence which is inevitable in the existence of the first three forms of violence. We also see different women/girls in Mercy’s community experiencing violence or have experienced violence in the past. So, in such a community, responding to one case of violence will not stop the violence from happening. Therefore, it is important to prevent the violence to stop it from happening or reduce its occurrence where it has already happened. Through prevention, community members will be able to understand the root cause of violence (which is the power imbalance between men and women) – and together as individuals, groups, families, and the entire community will break the silence around violence and they will come up with actions to address the root cause of violence thus preventing the violence.

        Community discussions/ debates using a poster or any communication material used to engage community members over a period time. An activity that encourages critical thinking personal reflection and fosters behavior change can help people get a deeper understanding of violence and get inspired to prevent it.

        • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by Olive.

          Violence prevention is important for Mercy’s community because of negative consequences such as acceptance of violence reinforced, Fear, loss of family economy and unintended pregnancy and violence cannot stop without prevention.


          Violence prevention is important for the well-being of Mercy’s whole community. When violence can be prevented from happening, women and children who would otherwise be victims will have better health outcomes and even the economic well-being of the community will improve.

          One example of a violence prevention activity in Mercy’s community could be men’s classes and mentorship groups that focus on changing masculinity norms.


            Similarly to trying to help each person that becomes ill with diarrhea Mercy’s attempts at shielding her daughter from violence does not make a huge impact on the overall community as others continue to experience violence and does not mean that Angel is completely safe. Violence prevention is important for Mercy’s community in order to stop the pattern of generational violence which has been so imbedded in the community to an extent that it is seen as a norm. It is important in order to educate the community members and enable them to identify what constitutes as violence in order for them to be part of the process of preventing further violence from taking place. It becomes important to prevent violence before it even takes place in order to ensure that women are freed from the physical, psychological and economic violence they are put through by their intimate partners.

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