AU Commission needs to study GBV

06 Jul 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA) – The African Union (AU) should commission a study on the convention and responses to gender-based violence (GBV) in Africa, which should highlight the challenges and good practices faced by all countries.
This recommendation was tabled during the just-ended Second National Conference on GBV here last week.
Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Nangula Mbako presented the outcome and recommendations during the closing of the three-day conference on Friday.
An expert on post-conflict reconstruction and coordinator of Gender, Peace and Security of the AU Commission, Antonia N’Gabala-Sodonon also attended the conference.
She is expected to return to Namibia soon to help address issues of GBV with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW).
During her presentation at the conference last week, N’Gabala-Sodonon said the level of GBV, and sexual violence in particular, on the African continent sadly presents a threat to national security, and hinders developmental efforts by incapacitating a good percentage of the population and jeopardising future development.
She noted this is not due to a lack of instruments, whether at global, continental or regional level, but “fluttering political will” to address the issue of GBV, and the slow implementation of such instruments at national level.