06 Jul 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA) - The expression passion killing should be done away with, and such crime should instead be referred to as intimate-partner homicide, the Second National Conference on Gender-Based Violence heard last week.
This suggestion is part of various other recommendations for Government and other stakeholders to implement in order to address GBV.
The three-day conference, which ended here on Friday, was hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to address critical issues related to the scourge of GBV.
OPM Permanent Secretary, Nangula Mbako presented the outcome and recommendations of the conference on Friday.
It was the second conference of that nature, after the first one in 2007.
Another recommendation is for Government to establish a dedicated compensation fund from bail monies forfeited to the State in order to support the families of GBV victims, or families suffering as a result of the absence of the breadwinner in the family setup.
Participants also recommended that a national shelter be established for GBV victims, as well as a GBV helpline and a special court for GBV cases.
The amendment of several Acts/laws was also suggested, such as the Correctional Services Act of 2012 in terms of granting parole; the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2013 to include protection for whistle blowers, witness protection, and compulsory counseling for persons charged with assault.
Other proposals include the amendment of the Combating of Rape Act of 2000 to impose longer sentences on offenders; as well as the General Law Ordinance Act of 1956 to prohibit weapons in public places.
It was also recommended that the Liquor Act of 1996 be reformed with regards to the granting of liquor licences, limiting of trading hours, consumption restrictions, and the prohibition of liquor outlets in residential areas.
A further recommendation was to rename the Women and Child Protection Unit of the Namibian Police Force to a gender-neutral name, to encourage all members of society, including men, to report GBV cases perpetrated against them.
It was additionally proposed to increase the number of alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation centres in all regions.