Hey guys! We are in October. OCTOBER! How did we get here so quickly? September lasted five days and here we are. Anyway, I hope your October is full of blessings, peace, love, joy and everything good. It’s almost time (It is time) for cheesy hallmark Christmas movies and honestly, I can’t wait. Have a great month!
Now, let’s get into this week’s post. On the 11th of September 2021, the Sistah Sistah Foundation successfully organised a march against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Zambia. People turned up in numbers and I honestly wished I could have been there too! Following the march, The Village ZM, (a podcast I briefly wrote about here) had a discussion on SGBV and I got to be a part of it!
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In this particular episode of the podcast, my co-hosts and I were joined by the co-founder of the Sistah Sistah Foundation, Mwangala Monde, and we had a very informative and insightful conversation about SGBV.
Among other things, we spoke about why conversations around SGBV are sometimes difficult to have in Zambian homes, what the law says about the same and where we believe it falls short, breaking the cycle of SGBV and the role that the media, tradition, the church etc. play when it comes to SGBV.
Did you know the definition of rape, by the laws of Zambia, doesn’t take into account marital rape and male rape? Did you know rape isn’t always violent but can be “silent” too? Did you know victim blaming negatively affects the survivors and does nothing to stop sexual violence? What’s your response when someone talks about their experience with sexual abuse? Do you have a bias that needs to be questioned? All this is talked about in the episode!
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It was definitely a fruitful conversation and I learnt a whole lot. I would highly recommend that you listen to the episode to learn more about SGBV and how we can help the fight against SGBV. Also, share it with your friends, family, etc. It can be a great way to start this much needed conversation with those around you.
Click here to listen to the podcast or search “The Village ZM” on any podcast streaming platform. I hope you all learn something and enjoy the conversation. Also, if you’re really curious to know what I sound like, this is your chance to find out!
Finally, this was my very first time stepping into the podcast world. I’m really happy that my very first podcast episode was about something I really care about. Additionally, I think this has given me the push I needed to actually get some things done. I’ve mentioned before how I’d want to start my own podcast and now it seems like it could actually happen.
Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts about the episode when you listen to it!
Thanks for reading!
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3 thoughts on “Talking Sexual and Gender-Based Violence with The Village ZM”
Hi Wonani.Greetings from Zimbabwe. You are doing a great work.I love your work.
I have a question about sexual abuse in marriages. If this case is to be reported isnt it difficult to gather evidence normally its my word and against your word.
Isn’t it a sticky issue?
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Will definitely give the podcast a listen. Really proud of you for taking it up It’s such an important topic and like Zambia – Indian laws are also flawed in this arena. I also think the punishment for such heinous crimes is too lenient. 😞
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Thank you Moksha! 🥰
The laws definitely need to be amended everywhere because unfortunately people get away with so much!
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