MBABANE- Nonhlanhla Dlamini, the Director of the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse ( SWAAGA) says the statistics of Gender Based Violence(GBV) during this COVID 19 pandemic currently stand at 85% and most of the victims were abused at home.
Speaking during an interview with this publication, the SWAGAA Director said people who lost their jobs especially during this COVID 19 pandemic no longer have money to buy basic necessities of life as well as paying bills, and that creates conflicts at home and perpetrate Gender Based Violence.
“Financial problems are some of the factors that creates conflicts within families and there is a connection between staying at home and Gender Based Violence(GBV)” she said.
When reached for comments, Wander Mkhonza, the Secretary General of the Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) confirmed that job losses create stress and frustration for them as workers.
"We have lost workers, family members but most importantly lost jobs and that on its own creates stress”, said Mkhonza.
SWAGAA Director Nonhlanhla Dlamini