Reflect and discuss: Why prevention in Mercy’s story

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      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.

      Workshops that would be research informed would be ideal in order to educate the women of this community in order to start the conversation of what is violence who does it affect and what steps one can take to ensure they do not become victims of violence and how to recognize violence when it happens not only to themselves but also other people within their communities. Police need to make their services accessible and ensure people understand their rights and the laws around violence in order to ensure another girl is not forced into marrying their perpetrator as was the case with a girl that was raped and got pregnant as a result. A provision of services such as counselling could also help in ensuring that women who have experienced violence in the past are able to open up and start a healing process.

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      Megan Denise Smith

        Mercy´s story reflects how violence is generational and normalised in Mercy´s family and community. There are deep rooted beliefs that violence is just a part of life and being married which will pass down to children and violence against women will continue. Prevention is crucial to challenge some of these harmful gender norms, break this cycle of violence 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, 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, conducting awareness raising, creating spaces for dialogues with key stakeholders in the community who have influence like community and religious leaders, working with groups like husbands, fathers, teachers and so on.

        Rukia Godana

          In mercys story first she witnessed her mother bn physically beaten and she grew up knowing it to be normal,she is also expiriencing violence e.g physical,economic,psychology also shows the community have normalized violence.
          Its important to prevent violence so that the growing boys will not turn into perpetrators in their later life and also girls wil not expirience intimate partner violence in later life.
          Its very important for their community to do advocacy campaigns e.g 16 days of activism,women empowerment and also men

          Pantaleon Shoki

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

            Prevention of violence is important for Mercy’s community because it will address core issues related to incidences of violence in the community. This will change behaviors and habits, leading to reducing if not eliminating the perpetrators in the community, hence reducing the acts of violence.

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

            Behavior changes and related habits are vital activities that could transform the community towards preventing violence against women in her community. Such activities include working closely with the government, civil society organizations, and other policy-focused interventions that will result in eliminating violence.

            Samuel Lamptey

              The prevention in the Mercy story can be related to the deaths in her community caused by diarrhoea and after the scientists discovered and proposed some preventive measures, they were free. That can be related to VAW, we should not only think about addressing the effects but should be heavily involved in preventing VAW.

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