Reflect and discuss: Why prevention in Mercy’s story

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    Grace Mukhuta-Banda

      Violence prevention is important as it not only prevents violence from happening but it also reduces incidents of violence against women and girls as well as other genders in the community. Additionally, it reduces risks to health such as sicknesses and economy such as loss of an income or reduced production.

      Community awareness and sensitization on VAW and prevention is needed to achieve prevention.


      Prevention really needs to be undertaken if they are to end the whole idea of VAW being normal in the community. They have been breeding generations and generations of violent men and scarred women which has allowed for perpetual VAW. they have been doing it wrong, now it is time to do it right and prevent the next generation from being as violent and as scarred as them.


      Preventing violence against women and children (VAW/VAC) from occurring is necessary and important in Mercy’s community as through a sustained strategy for transforming. attitudes, practices and behaviours, the community can be safe for women and girls. Also, as there is a need for response from the evidences, it means that there is a root cause for violence that needs be dealt with in order to completely eradicate it. As the solution to cholera was in prevention, so will violence be.

      Strengthening of anti-violence social norms in marriages is one prevention activity that would be done in Mercy’s community. The new transformative norms would be geared towards attitude and behaviour change in the community to regard violence as a vice rather than an okay practice as Mercy had noticed in her home with her mother that led her to be tolerant to it happening to her in her marriage.


        Violence harmed and scared Mercy’s community. Prevention is therefore important to avoid the fear that comes with violence and allow participation of people in the community activities. It is also important to prevent violence to allow business growth and community prosperity. This is achieved by allowing equal participation {both genders} in economical activities which was not the case with Mercy’s story. Lastly, violence prevention is important for Mercy’s community because it helps to avoid injuries and health related problems that comes as a result of violence.

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        Gertrude Tala

          Violence prevention in Mercy’s community is important because it will help to stop the vicious cycle of violence. We see that Mercy tolerates violence since she saw violence taking place in her own family growing up. This reinforces the acceptance of violence and impunity. If violence is prevented this vicious cycle will end, thus there will not be a need to respond to violence in the future.

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