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French wine mark GBV Day


The French nation joined by Batswana on the 27th November last month, raised glasses of the Beaujolais Nouveau in honour of International elimination of Gender Based Violence (GBV) Day (25th November) by raising funds for the Kagisano Woman’s shelter.


In her speech, French Ambassador, Mrs Anne de la Blanche explained that the event was to celebrate the traditional arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau. She noted that this famous “vin de primeur”, was fermented for about 6-8 weeks after harvest before being bottled. “But tonight’s event is also organized as a fundraising event for Kagisano Society Women’s Shelter, all the funds raised tonight will be donated to Kagisano Society Women’s Shelter,”  she said.


Kagisano Society Women's Shelter (KSWS) was established in response to gender based violence specifically, violence against women. Its mission is to end GBV in Botswana through the provision of the following: Temporary shelter; Counselling; Community education and outreach and Advocacy. As a vision KSWS strives to be a leading organization for ending gender-based violence in Botswana.


“In France one woman dies every third day of gender based violence, it represents over 120 women per year,” explained the French Ambassador. She went on to say in the world, according to UN statistics, 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced to sex or abused.


According to French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is to be let on the rampage no earlier than the third Thursday of November. At exactly 00:01am, on the third Thursday of each November, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through France to bright Paris for instant shipment to all parts of the world. The wine goes even into swimming pools and everyone just jumps in for fun.


In supporting the cause, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Phandu Skelemani accompanied by his wife, attended the event. Skelemani who is currently studying French language is also a committee member of Alliance Française de Gaborone.


Blanche mentioned that, in Botswana, according to the 2012 GBV indicator survey, 67% of women have experienced some form of gender violence in their life time. She stressed that, Gender Based Violence is an important issue, and too little is being done to assist victims. “Indeed Kagisano Society Women’s Shelter is the only women shelter in Gaborone, actually, there is only two shelters for women in the whole of Botswana,” said Mrs Blanche. 

She went on to say that both of them are mainly funded through donations, or partnership with private or international institutions. “So ladies and gentlemen through your participation the French Embassy will be able to support Kagisano in funding the Accreditation of the Organization’s Gender Based Violence Facilitators’ Training Program with Botswana Qualification Authority,” she said.


Alliance Française de Gaborone had 14 kinds of imported cheese and bread to eat. These were to accompany the wine. In combination of the fashion from the ladies and gentlemen who attended, the socialising and networking, the charity cause and the wine and food, the Beaujolais Nouveau event was a no regret celebration.
 

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