We join the rest of the globe to observe the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence celebrated under the theme: “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls.” Gender Based Violence is very detrimental to our society. The scourge stripes off women and girls their potential to contribute towards social and economic development at national, regional and global level. Like TB patients and survivors, victims of Gender Based Violence often suffer from stigma and are in need of psychosocial and socioeconomic support. We also observed that perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence target people with disabilities as a vulnerable constituency. This is disheartening and uncalled for. We need to exercise empathy and compassion. While two thirds of TB cases globally are in men, women generally face additional challenges like maternal health, stigma, and cultural barriers to access health case and psychosocial consequences. We call upon all young people, students and the youth across the region to launch a collective action against all forms of Gender Based Violence. We all have a duty to create and sustain Gender Based Violence free communities.

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