Dikgosi Hailed For Solidarity In Fight Against GBV

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Dikgosi in Ngamiland have been applauded for taking the leading the charge in the battle against Gender Based Violence (GBV) and other social ills faced by the girl child and the youth across the district.

This as Dikgosi across North West District have come together in spearheading a campaign named Dikgosi di Xadile, whose primary objective is to integrate GBV issues into traditional leadership. 

Dikgosi Di Xadile campaign theme, “Chencha Monyana,” symbolises commitment to stand alongside the youth in confronting these challenges, advocating for change and fostering a supportive environment for their growth and development.

Led by Batawana Paramount Chief Kgosikgolo Tawana Moremi II, the campaign is a proactive response to address pressing community changes faced by the girl child and youth at ward level through addressing young people on Botho and other traditional values to groom a well-rounded community.

North West District Council Senior Gender Officer Otsile Mateu hailed the traditional leaders during the launch of the campaign at Maun Senior Secondary School recently.  Mateu indicated that Dikgosi were the only missing link on the District’s Gender Committee which compromises of various government departments, non-governmental departments and traditional doctors among others. The committee according Mateu promotes multi sectorial approach in combating issues of GBV.

He further highlighted that Dikgosi will play a crucial role in addressing issues of GBV and other societal social ills, adding that having traditional leadership in the fight will help in these battles.

Mateu further acknowledged the Dikgosi’s concerted efforts to empower and uplift the girl child and youth within Ngamiland communities through the Dikgosi di Xadile campaign citing that Dikgosi are central to ending the issues.

In his keynote address during the launch, Kgosi Tawana Moremi II highlighted that the initiative represents a critical step of traditional leaders in empowering the girl child and youth in addressing some of the pressing challenges within communities.

He emphasised that the campaign will be used to integrate traditional values with modern solutions to deal with the issues adding that it will also bridge the gap between traditional leaders and the youth as well as the girl child.

“This campaign is not only a response to issues in place but a proactive movement towards change and sustainable development,” Kgosi Tawana said.

Tawana indicated that issues of GBV, indiscipline, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, alcohol abuse and low academic performance are not just statistics but rather real life obstacles that young people are faced on their day to day life.

“The campaign seeks to tackle the issues head on as an intervention led by dikgosi with an aim to forester a supportive environment whereby an open dialogue and mutual understanding can thrive,” Tawana said.

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