National plan needed to reduce violence against women: Shitaleni

17 Feb 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) – Swakopmund Constituency councillor Germina Shitaleni says a national plan to reduce violence against women and children is needed urgently.
Shitaleni made the call during the resumption of the National Council here on Monday, such a plan needs to be investigated, drafted and implemented soonest by the relevant authorities.
She said the plan should explicitly indicate the goals of the country regarding gender-based violence (GBV).
Shitaleni’s call comes in the wake of a spate of violent killings of women in the country.
“These crimes against humanity have reached epidemic proportions, and it is evident that drastic measures need to be taken to curtail this shameful scourge,” she said.
The politician said Government needs to elevate GBV to a higher priority in order to eradicate it.
“Indeed, it must be a key priority for everyone if we are to have a safe community. The public’s outcry now against these heinous crimes is indicative of the empathy felt by Namibians towards the victims of GBV, and we might be sitting on a time bomb that can explode anytime,” she indicated.