Men’s Conference Brought To Life

GBV and divorce discussed in detail to find old solution to new problem

Although the idea of an annual ‘Men’s Conference’ is widely seen as a social media fascination, watered down by senseless commentary and memes, Albert Dubani has brought the concept to life.

However, far from ‘a bonding session for the boys’, Dubani’s get-together took on a serious tone, with rocketing divorce rates and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) top of the agenda.

Over the festive holidays, the Themashanga native held a similar gathering strictly for women at his farm on the outskirts of the small village, located some 50km north of Francistown.

The first annual Men and Women’s Conference brought together community leaders and senior citizens to openly discuss some of the challenges faced by the youth of today.

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Statistics Botswana shows that between 2019 and 2021, divorce figures stood at over 9,000, while a staggering 67 percent of women in Botswana have experienced some sort of abuse.

Additionally, according to World Population Review, a survey conducted by the US Census Bureau, Botswana has the highest rape rate in the entire world. In data taken from 2010, for every 100,000 women in the country, 92.93 have reported being raped. To put that into perspective, that’s three times more than the 10th ranking nation on the list, Grenada, which records 30.63.

In an interview with The Voice, Dubani said it was due to these damning statistics that he found it imperative to host the two conferences to have an honest discussion between men and women.

“I did not attend the Women’s conference, but the feedback I received was positive. On the men’s side...

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