Malebogo Malefhe, a domestic abuse survivor who is fighting gender-based violence
When people find out that Malefhe uses a wheelchair because she was shot by her boyfriend, the first question they ask is: “What did you do to him [to deserve it]?” Now Malefhe, who sustained eight bullets from her boyfriend of 10 years, wants to make sure that no woman who has faced domestic abuse is asked this question ever again. Since then, she has devoted herself to fighting gender-based violence in her native Botswana and teaching women that when men hurt them, it’s not their fault. The U.S. State Department honored her with a 2017 International Women of Courage award. (~written by Malaka Gharib /NPR)
The U.S. State Department gave Malefhe the 2017 International Women of Courage award in its 11th year. The prize recognizes women who have put their lives on the line to improve their communities.
“Malebogo is being honored for her tenacity, strength and resilience to help other women and girls overcome the scourge of domestic violence,” said Thomas A. Shannon Jr., undersecretary for political affairs at the State Department, speaking at the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C..
Malefhe, a former basketball player for Botswana’s national team, also advocates for the advancement of women in sports, with a focus on women with disabilities. She spoke with us about the shooting, her goals and how she stays motivated to help others.
(~excerpt written by Malaka Gharib /NPR)
Read an interview with Malebogo Malefhe here: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/31/521965573/shot-by-her-boyfriend-and-now-in-a-wheelchair-she-found-a-new-me