Ministry of Gender Equality launches Gender Based Violence campaign

Sharlien Tjambari

Annually, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare conducts a 16 Day Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in respective regions. With the main theme “Ending Gender Based Violence in the World of Work”, Erongo region launched the campaign this week.

The launch of this very important campaign took place in Swakopmund at the Multi-purpose Community Hall on Monday and it is expected to run from 25 November until 10 December which falls on Human Rights Day, with different activities planned for each day. The Mayor of Swakopmund Pauline Nashilundo was present at the launch and said the 16 Days Activism Campaign against GBV is an international campaign to challenge GBV against women and children, “in Namibia we cater for men too”.
I urge those who are in abusive relation-ships to stand up and seek for help from different institutions. This campaign also reminds us to practice love for one another”, added Nashilundo.
The objectives of this launch is to sensitize the community against GBV and the effects thereof, discourage alcohol and drug abuse, encourage community to stand together and say “No” to GBV in Namibia, urge the youth to report GBV cases without delay, encourage community to seek council in their relationships and to also encourage parents to revive good cultural practices and take the young people back to their roots.
Last week Namibian Police Head of Operations Deputy Commissioner Tobi Gerber during a meeting with community policing structures said domestic related issues are on the rise in Mondesa in Kuisebmond and alcohol abuse is the main root cause of most domestic violence cases and other violent crimes such as assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and murder.
The Special Advisor to the Governor of Erongo region Adelheid Bobby Kandjala expressed her disappointment in the number of people who showed up for the launch. “I think we should find a better time for this function because the people this launch is catered for are not here today, maybe next time we must arranged in such a manner that we include school learners and the youth in general because I don’t see them here”, said Kandjala.

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