Gender-Based Violence affecting women and children

Gender-Based Violence affecting women and children.

Southern Africa Youth Project empowers more than 3 500 unemployed youth with Life and Work readiness programs. Our program model provides a holistic approach towards empowering young women and girls to better deal and prevent gender-based violence.

Partner with Southern Africa Youth Project and help empower the unemployed with gender-based violence prevention programs.

Domestic violence is often used as a synonym for intimate partner violence, which is done by a partner in a relationship against another partner or spouse. Domestic violence can be done by anyone in the family against another family member it can be a child, wife, or husband. Domestic violence doesn’t have to occur within a home, family, or partner. It can happen when someone close to you has power and control over you. This control or abuse can be expressed in different ways.

Most of the time emotional abuse goes unnoticed, but it can be very hurtful. People who are emotionally abusive will try and chip away at your feelings of self-worth and independence. Then there is social domestic violence which occurs when someone insults or humiliates you in front of other people, keeps you isolated from family and friends, or controls what you do and where you go.

In South Africa, women are mostly victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence mostly occurs in relationships that the partners don’t know why they are in a relationship just because they saw something they wanted from a particular person but not because of love but because of what the other person has.

In this sort of relationship, there will never be peace because the two partners don’t understand each other, they are always arguments between the two which may lead to violence. That is the big mistake that people make, they invest their lives in other people which makes it hard for them to find an exit because they now depend on that particular person.

In South Africa, they are many cases of women being in abusive relationships and they don’t report their matter to the authorities because they are dependent on the abuser, they will be engaged in continua’s series of violence which sometimes may lead to savior injuries or death. We as Southern Africa Youth we are fighting this fight against violence that is why we offer services like paralegals to the youth in the community educating, advising, and giving them information for their wellbeing.

Children can also be victims of domestic violence when it comes to that a husband loses his wife and children lose their mother while their still young and the father gets a second wife, in many cases not many women would love to take care of another women’s child so the stepmother may be abusive towards the children when the father is not around.

This may cause the children to grow up experiencing things like stress and anxiety because these traumatic events may affect them mentally, they can grow up being afraid of people and being shy when they are around people because of the traumatic events they witnessed which instills fear in them. That is why the organization of SAYPRO hosts life skills sessions to the youth which instills self-confidence and ways they can end the stress and anxiety. The organization of SAYPRO empowers the youth by providing skills development in the communities of South Africa and try to provide information and services of where they ca

It results in deaths, injuries, disabilities and deprivation.  Psychologically,  it  creates fear and dread and erodes people’s self-esteem and  sense  of  identity.  Violence  tends to ‘take over’ people’s lives and limit their freedom. They may feel fearful, trapped and vulnerable, especially if they are dependent on the perpetrator. Young children, for example, are very vulnerable to violence. Violence can reduce hope, resilience, confidence and the power of independent action, so that it impacts on people’s performance in the world (e.g. at school or at work). Just as people fear walking in the street in a violent neighbourhood, children may fear and avoid going     to school when they are bullied, harassed and/or feel unsafe there.

In addition, violence breeds more violence, thus increasing its severity. A lesser form  of violence often leads to a more extreme form.

Some forms of violence cannot easily be separated: the term ‘gender-based violence’  is sometimes used interchangeably with violence against women. However, it is different, as violence against women is just one of many types of GBV. Furthermore, many people experience various forms of violence at the same time. For instance, children who are bullied will be called names and may also be beaten up, and women who are beaten by their partners may also be sexually, verbally, psychologically, financially and emotionally abused.

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