As a UN Online Volunteer, I have just finished editing a report on gender-based violence being published by the UNDP office in Botswana. It was a difficult task. At several points, the report was just too painful to read.

I found that both prosperity and poverty are triggers for violence against women and their children. More discouraging is the fact that women are themselves instrumental in continuing social mores which encourage such violence. These painful realities are not limited to Botswana, but are universal. Abusers will hide behind anything ā€“ culture, tradition, poverty and prosperity ā€“ to carry out abuse.