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Communities stand up against GBV

Communities stand up against GBV

Niël Terblanché

THE Namibian Volleyball Federation has joined the diverse communities that make up the Namibian Nation to take a stand against the unabated prevalence of Gender Base Violence that has permeated into the lives all Namibians.
As volleyball players from across Namibia gathered at The Dome in Swakopmund to participate in the final championship tournament, an opportunity to carry the message of a new stand that has to be taken against Gender based Violence arose.
Al participants in the sporting event staged a peaceful march in the streets of Swakopmund to announce that the federation will henceforth advocate against GBV on all levels.
President of the Namibia Volleyball Association, Hillary Imbuwa, said that all events from now on will be dedicated to the fight against violence against women and children.
“We took a decision as a federation that we will use the sport of volleyball to advocate against GBV but at the same time to educate everybody involved with the sport code about the negative effect that such incidents have on the communities from which they come. The education aspect of the campaign will also include the prevention of GBV,” Imbuwa said.
He said the different communities need to unite in their stance against violence that often victimises children.
“When we launched our campaign in Swakopmund we were joined in the march by the learners of four local schools. The support of the school was well received and it all forms part of getting our message spread as far as possible.”
A similar action was taken by the community of Walvis Bay almost at the same time.
Members of the Tutaleni Community Policing Forum were joined by scores of people to participate in a fun walk in the streets of the Kuisebmond residential area of the harbour town over the weekend.
Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba, commander of community policing affairs in the Erongo Region said the initiative was taken by the community and during impromptu discussions it came out that something drastic has to be done to help the victims but also the perpetrators of the incidences of domestic and gender based violence.
“Obviously everything possible should be done to protect and help the more vulnerable members of society but members of the community also felt that if sufficient support is given to men, who are ashamed to talk about their problems before they commit suicide or attack the people around them most of these incidents could be avoided. Men are sometimes too proud to admit that they have a problem. They keep their feelings inside because society expects them to be strong,” Warrant Officer Shapumba said.
He said that after the march the members of the forum decided to seek the assistance of more knowledgeable people to set up a counselling service where everybody can discuss their problems and find help before it ends in tragedy.
Warrant Officer Shapumba said people should change the way they think about the challenges they face because the next person might just have a solution for it. He said communication, education and information holds the key to the successful fight against GBV.

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