Let's stand up and fight GBV: Imalwa

04 Oct 2014 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 04 OCT (NAMPA) - The Prosecutor-General (PG) has called on all Namibians to stand up and intensify the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and violence perpetrated against children in the country.
PG Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa made the call at a media conference held here on Friday, where she presented a declaration of actions emanating from a three-day meeting and discussions on how best to help address incidents of violence against women and children in Namibia.
The meeting, which ended on Friday, was jointly organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) office in Namibia.
According to the PG, Namibia needs to strengthen its working coordination with both local and foreign experts, as well as other stakeholders in the field of GBV and violence against children in order to help the country to effectively address the matter.
“We need to train our health workers and educate the general public in the prevention of GBV and violence against children. We need to properly look into the country's existing traditional norms and beliefs and find durable solutions and ways on how best to change these norms and beliefs,” she said.
The PG further said a robust monitoring system on how to fight GBV and violence against children needs to be developed, and will have to keep track of the statistics of all GBV and related incidents reported all over the country.
Ekandjo-Imalwa said Namibia needs to heavily invest in the development of human capacity and identify people willing to commit themselves to the fight against GBV and matters related to the killings of women and girls in intimate relationships.
“We need again to properly educate and train people on how to work with victimised children and the victims of GBV in general,” she said.
The meeting brought together various local and foreign experts in GBV and violence against children, who discussed a number of trends in the global debate on how best to respond to such violence.
Deliberations included the economic burden of child maltreatment, as well as case studies on GBV from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Zambia.