All stakeholders to play role in 365 days of GBV campaign

29 Mar 2014 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAR (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare plans to involve all stakeholders in the 365 days of gender-based violence (GBV) campaign which is being launched in April.
The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa told Nampa upon inquiry on Friday her ministry plans to keep the 52-week campaign alive by assigning every week to a stakeholder in order for them to play their role in the fight against GBV in Namibia.
The minister announced in the National Assembly earlier this month that the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare will embark on a sensitisation programme against gender-based violence next month.
The year-long campaign is meant to be an extension of the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence’ which was started by the Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and is an annual event.
Nghidinwa on Friday said all interested companies, media houses, governmental or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), as well as ministries will be expected to run a campaign for a week. They will have to consult with the ministry and come up with activities for their respective campaigns.
“If we take the Ministry of Education for example, then all departments falling under that ministry, including schools, tertiary institutions and institutions affiliated to the ministry will have to participate in the campaign for the week,” she said.
She added that the Gender Ministry has received great response from the public since the announcement of the campaign.
Nghidinwa added that the ministry is currently working on a draft plan that will include information on the planned activities.
“The ministry will also include empowerment programmes to train men and women and which are meant to reduce violence against men and women,” she said.