07 Mar 2014 13:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 MAR (NAMPA) Hundreds of people gathered at the Mokati Sport Stadium in Otjiwarongo on Thursday to observe the national day of prayer against gender-based violence (GBV).
Thursday was declared a National Day of Prayer against GBV by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in response to the spate of deaths related to gender-based violence in the country over the past few weeks.
A number of spiritual leaders at the stadium prayed for men with self-esteem issues, as well as for them to show love and tenderness towards their wives and girlfriends.
Pastor John Guidao-Oab in his prayer asked why God has turned his back on the Namibian people, to the extent that the killing of women and girls is happening at a regular basis countrywide.
The owner of Theos Spar in Otjiwarongo, Theo Borstlap who is also a pastor, in his prayer asked God to stop the killing of Namibian women by men and to break the curse of murder and gender-based violence in the country.
Borstlap prayed that men would gain self-esteem and become good fathers.
Pastor Maria Jeomba prayed for the protection of women against brutal attacks by men.
Pohambas official address, which he delivered at the prayer event in Windhoek, was read here on his behalf by Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Samuel Nuuyoma.
Pohamba said his Government is gravely concerned about the deteriorating situation of gender-based violence in the country.
We are concerned about the loss of lives of those who fall victim to this crime almost every day, he said.
Pohamba questioned where the humanity, empathy, love and solidarity that makes a human being has gone with regards to some Namibian men.
He said Government will combat gender-based violence in Namibia with a number of strategies, amongst others the amendment of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977, in order to tighten the requirements for bail in cases related to gender-based violence.
The Head of State also called on academics and researchers to conduct in-depth studies in order to understand the root causes of gender-based violence.