THE strict curfew regulation, which forces all citizens to be at their respective residences from 22:00 to 04:00, has put the safety of many women in jeopardy.
Some Namibian women have complained that the otherwise well-meaning Covid-19 measures have resulted in withdrawn consent as they have to spent the night in public transportation with strangers when asked to clear the roads during curfew.
In addition, the country has also seen a rise in cases of child abuse and violation at home after face-to-face education was suspended.
These are amongst the many pertinent topics which will be discussed by the First Lady of Namibia (FLON), Monica Geingos, and several other guests on her #LoveProtects campaign themed “When Home is not a safe haven.”
The discussion, which will be live-streamed on Informanté News’s Facebook page, will tackle Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) during lockdowns in the time of Covid-19.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, over 4 000 adolescent pregnancies were recorded during 2020, which is 100% more than in 2019.
Geingos will unpack whether or not any of these cases have been reported as rape to the GBV unit or if teenagers have been more exposed to pregnancies while at home.
The Namibian Police statistics also show that the value and quantity of drugs seized have almost tripled during the pandemic.
The role drugs and alcohol play in SGBV will also be unpacked during the session.
FLON will also unpack social problems, such as single mothers who are forced to lock their toddlers and young children at home while working and the looming dangers that come with it.
Watch the discussion at 19:00.