First Lady says GBV involves all

09 Apr 2014 07:00am
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) – First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba says the tragic results of urban dislocation, unemployment, alcohol and other societal pressures must be jointly addressed with other contributing factors of gender-based violence (GBV).
Pohamba said at the launch of a strategic plan for the HANO Youth Foundation in the capital on Tuesday that these are national issues.
All stakeholders, from individuals, the family unit, traditional authorities, churches and the business community, civil society as well as government should thus be involved.
“We should particularly be willing and ready to be part of the solution to murders and killings because we are all affected directly and indirectly.
Our dignity, our pride and integrity as a peaceful, democratic and multi-racial society is at stake, and must be restored,” she stressed.
Established on 22 May 2010, the HANO Youth Foundation emerged from the names of its founders Steve Handura and Nocky Kaapehi. It is registered as a welfare organization with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS), and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture as a youth organization.
Pohamba said her office and HANO had a bit of time to reflect on this issue, and have decided to team up with other stakeholders and development partners.
“I want to see, hear and read messages on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) television, all radio stations and the print media about the various interventions which are being taken to alter the undesired behaviour of violence,” she added.
The First Lady also appealed to Parliamentarians to pass laws which will provide for stiffer sentences to perpetrators violating the rights of people to life, which should include laws prohibiting the misuse and abuse of alcohol, drugs and other harmful substances.