FOUR organisations with a footprint in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) will be beneficiaries of the proceeds, an amount of N$841 320, made from the successful MTC Knockout Project held on 12 October 2019.
At a press conference held in Windhoek, MTC announced Monica Gender Violence, Solution, Ecumenical Social Diaconate Action (ESDA), Namibia Rural Women Assembly (NRWA), and Ombetja Yehinga (OYO) as the beneficiaries, who will each receive N$220 000 with the exception of Monica Gender Violence getting N$ N$181 320.
Subsequent to a successful hosting of the project, MTC invited companies through a public expression of interest to apply for funding.
“We invited various organisations that do mainstream work relating to gender based violence. We received a total of 27 applications and subjected to scrutiny by a set vetting committee, nine organisations were shortlisted. From the shortlisted organisations, four were successful after presentations. Through this initiative we will enable and support business and civil society partners through financially capacitating them to best work to eliminate gender-based violence in the country”, said John Ekongo, MTC’s Corporate Affairs Manager.
He added that while MTC’s primary business is not law enforcement or social work, contributing to social justice and welfares society must never be ignored.
He stated that cooperates have a part to play in capacitating those that have the necessary expertise to address the challenges posed by these heinous crimes, but more importantly to study and try to root out causes of such atrocious acts.
In his final remarks, Ekongo aired that “even in the face of the economic onslaught, we remain steadfast in playing our part alongside others in the fight against Gender-based violence.”
The project was aimed at raising awareness on GBV and funds to capacitate organisations that work daily with victims, as well as those affected by GBV.