The Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) has condemned a tragic incident of gender-based violence (GBV) that unfolded at the Botswana Gender- Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre Drop-In Centre in Gaborone.

According to the federation this harrowing incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for collective action to address GBV in Botswana. It is an assault on the very fabric of our society, undermining the principles of compassion, respect, and human dignity that we hold dear, BFTU Secretary General Thusang Butale said.

He added that BFTU unequivocally condemns this act of violence, as well as all forms of GBV, and stands in solidarity with the Botswana Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre in their efforts to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

Butale stated that it is incumbent upon everyone to intensify collective efforts to raise awareness, challenge harmful social norms, and implement comprehensive programmes aimed at preventing GBV and supporting survivors. BFTU further pledged to continue advocating for policies and initiatives that prioritise the safety and well-being of women and girls in Botswana.

“In memory of the victim and in honour of all survivors, we call upon the government, civil society organisations, community leaders, and individuals to join forces in combating GBV. It is only through collective action, education, and empowerment that we can build a society free from violence, where every individual can live with dignity, security, and equality.

“Furthermore, BFTU emphasises its continued call for the Government of Botswana to prioritise the ratification of International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and treaties, such as Convention 190, which would assist Botswana in strengthening its legal framework and initiatives to help stop GBV and harassment in our communities and workplaces.”

Butale emphasised that by ratifying these conventions, Botswana can demonstrate its commitment to eradicating GBV and ensuring safe and respectful environments for all. The federation expressed its deepest sympathies to the family of the victim during this incredibly difficult time.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate the pain and loss caused by this tragic incident,” the federation said in its statement.