The issue of domestic violence is a problem that affects the world in general, not just Africa.
In Africa, however, one of the significant reasons for domestic violence is as a result of infertility. Many husbands in local communities often accuse their partners when they fail to bear children.
While, that this is due to lack of ignorance, the world perhaps needs to do much more in educating and enlightening people that women are not usually the cause for childlessness in a home.
In a move that has received commendations from people around the world, the first-lady of Burundi, Denise Nkurunziza has released a song to advising men in her country to desist from abusing women when couples fail to get pregnant.
The song is titled Umukenyezi Arengeye Kuvyara Gusa, which is translated to mean “A Woman is More than Just Giving Birth” was shared on social networks this week.
In a song whose video is up to four minutes, the first lady plays the role of a counsellor to a man who is seen verbally and physically abusing his wife, who he accuses of having a belly full of beans rather than babies.
‘‘You are of no use in this house. Your belly is always full of beans, while other women’s bellies are full of babies,’‘ the man says.
49-year-old Denise got married to President Pierre Nkurunziza since 1994, called on husbands to support their wives.
“Women are not created just to be called mothers. They are capable of much more,” the first lady says in the song’s chorus.
She also emphasises that infertility affects both men and women, and can only be confirmed by medical practitioners.
“Fertility involves two people, and infertility should not be a source of conflict,” she sings.
Pierre and Denise Nkurunziza have five children together and have adopted several others.
Denise, who frequently preaches together with her husband, is an ordained pastor and has been featured on several religious tracks.
About Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza
Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza was born at Gatsinda, Mwumba District of Ngozi province in the northern part of Burundi on December 1st 1969.
She is the First Lady of Burundi and a Burundian minister since 2005. She is the only ordained minister currently serving as the first lady of any African nation.
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