06 Jul 2014 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA) - As long as there is a market for alcohol, there will be gender-based violence (GBV),a concerned Namibian residents has said.
This was one of numerous comments linking alcohol to GBV made during the three-day Second National Conference on GBV, which ended here on Friday.
The conference goers then collectively demanded that shebeens be closed down, especially those near schools.
However, one speaker, who could not be identified, said: We should not blame shebeens but ourselves, because it is our desire that brings alcohol to our doorsteps.
In her contribution to the debate, legal practitioner and Special Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Vicki Erenstein ya Toivo said GBV is also a workplace issue, because an individuals problems which start at home is usually taken to the work place, and ultimately affects his/her productivity and also co-workers.
There is a shortage of support services, and we, therefore, need to train not only social workers and psychologists, but also community workers as care workers, who can work across the country, dealing with issues related to GBV and other issues like assisting the elderly and child malnutrition, she suggested.
This, Ya Toivo said, could create employment for women who are or were victims of GBV, unemployed women and youths, as well as families whose breadwinners are no longer there to provide for them.
The conference was the second of its kind, with the first held in 2007.