NO MORE: Gender based Violence and learner pregnancies in Namibia

The launch of the Regional office will be taking place at the Multi- Purpose Centre Youth Centre, Walvis Bay, on 18 October at 14:00.

 

REGAIN TRUST in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will be launching a regional office in the Erongo Region. The Launch of the regional office will coincide with a Public Dialogue with a theme “Survivors Speak Up! Innovative Approaches to Addressing Gender Based Violence in the Erongo Region”.

Namibia experiences alarmingly high rates of Gender based Violence (GBV) and Learner Pregnancy (LP).

Given the countries efforts to achieve gender equality, GBV and LP could be regarded as one of the key obstacles that is hampering the countries progress to achieve gender equality in the country. According to the GBV Protection Unit be-tween 2015 to 2017, 195 cases of rape and 950 cases of Domestic Violence were recorded in the Erongo Region alone.

The majority of GBV victims and survivors are women and girls. Similarly, the Edu-cation Management Information Systems reported that 118 girls dropped out of school because of pregnancy in that same time period.

Harmful cultural and gender norms and practices are believed to be amongst the main causes related to the high incidences of GBV and LP. Other factors such as poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, poor parenting et al are also identified to be contributing factors.

The establishment of a Regional Office in the Erongo Region is aimed at strengthening the provision of quality GBV and LP services to community members in the Erongo Region.

The office also responding to one of the many proposed strategies to be used by Regain Trust and FES for the implementation of a project titled “Survivors Speak Up!” which is co-funded by the European Union.

To learn more about the launch and the project, please contact: James Itana, Project Manager

84 Burg street, Windhoek

Contact: +264 81 72 535 11

James.itana83@gmail.com

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