Power is the ability to influence your own or other people’s experiences; it can either be positive or negative and continues to be the root cause of violence against women. Imbalanced power is experienced when a person exerts control over another in a relationship. The origin of power imbalance emanates from gender roles that are learnt when an individual is growing up. Men have grown up being told that they are “the head, stronger than women and need to take a proactive role in the leadership of the family. On the other hand, women are told that they should give birth and take care of children, men and household chores. Society has made women look like weaker sex and people who should submit to men without questioning.
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Authors: Venoranda Kuboka and Immaculate Mukasa
Members – GBV Prevention Network