THE Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is joining the rest of the world to campaign the 16 Days of activism on an annual basis to increase knowledge amongst the public members about gender-based violence and any form of abuse.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will run until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Ministry of Gender Equality Child Welfare public relation officer Lukas Haufiku said the Ministry is coordinating platforms to establish at national and regional levels to discuss gender-based violence. These cluster meetings are facilitated and steered by the MGECW.
According to the MGECW has seconded Social Workers to be based at the Gender Based Violence Protection Unit (GBVPU) to render services to survivors of rape and domestic violence.
These Social Workers are on stand by and provide services after hours.
Haufiku said the MGECW Social workers undertake quarterly awareness raising activities on gender based violence in their respective regions on platforms such as radios, communities and schools.
The MGECW frequently provides trainings to develop and improve the capacity of Social workers and Police officers to ensure quality service provision to survivors of rape and domestic violence.
“In collaboration with Development Partners, the MGECW, developed and disseminated awareness raising materials on how to report abuse, “noted Haufiku.
Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila announced that police received 107,403 reports of gender-based violence between 2014 and July 2018.
It is also plagued with high rates of poverty and unemployment; both recognized causes of gender-based violence.
While the most common crimes are domestic violence and rape, gender-based violence in the country also includes “passion killings” a local and responsibility-absolving term for intimate-partner crimes.
As an example, 48 women were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends during the particularly grim year 2015.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is generally accepted as one of the most urgent issues facing Namibian society and policymakers but it keeps on increasing on a daily basis.
Despite a raft of important and largely progressive legislative reforms such as the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (2003) and the Combating of Rape Act (2000) GBV remains a developing crisis in Namibia.