learning and unlearning gender-based violence

“The problem starts from the home front. I say this because in typical family settings where there are boys and girls, the boys are chided for crying, and are usually told: ‘Common, you’re a boy! You shouldn’t cry. A boy is not supposed to cry’ It gets to a point where he feels he is not supposed to wash plates! These stereotypes continue until the boy is shaped into them. He begins to fight on the street, thinking that that is what it means to be manly.

But I always tell people that nobody was born violent. The truth is that violence is an acquired, learned behaviour. And as such, through conscious efforts, it can be unlearned.”

via allAfrica.com: Nigeria: ‘There’s No Criminal Justice for Women’ – Mrs Effa-Chukwuma.

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