Men in heels protest against GBV

09 Mar 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – About 200 men marched from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to Zoopark in the city centre on Saturday to campaign against the killing of women.
The friendly protest started at 10h00 under the theme ‘Walking a mile in her shoes’, and most men fittingly wore women’s high heel shoes during the march along Independence Avenue.
Members of the City Police, Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the NDF brass band accompanied the demonstrators, who also included women.
Protestor Max Jason told Nampa after the march he took part because he is tired of men killing women.
“All men come from women - women are the mothers of this earth, and it is important to respect women,” he said, adding that it is crucial to take care of all women.
Viv Tuneeko said men who kill have lost respect for themselves, hence they beat and kill women.
“In the olden days, if a woman wanted to cross a river she would look for a man to assist her but nowadays, they (women) run away from men out of fear,” he said.
Harold Akwenye also participated in the march with his son Giovani and daughter Zalika.
Giovani said the older generation does not set the right example for youngsters, “we look up at them, but they fail us”.
His father agreed, adding that he brought his two children along to the protest to make them aware of the current situation in the country and to show them that he cares for others.
“I try to build morals and values in my house, and we all need to bring God back into our homes,” said Akwenye.