25 Jul 2013 09:40
RUNDU, 25 JUL (NAMPA) Gender-based violence (GBV) continues to undermine the efforts of womens empowerment.
In the Kavango Region in particular, GBV has thus far almost doubled, compared to the same period last year.
Statistics on GBV from the Kavango Regions Women and Child Protection Unit of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) indicate that 144 such cases have been reported from January to June this year, compared to 77 cases over the same period in 2012.
Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa recently said these statistics are worrisome, despite her ministry efforts to address gender equality, womens empowerment and child wellbeing.
This is worrisome in the country because many lives are being lost through cases of GBV, especially those committed by intimate partners and other close family members and friends, she said during the handing-over of materials and equipment to three Rundu projects last Friday.
Nghidinwa stated that the country is faced with serious challenges of GBV, which call for drastic action to be taken to address the matter.
She added that the issue of GBV is our own making, and therefore, we should find mechanisms to address it collectively, and not the ministry alone.
The minister then requested all regional governors to come up with committees in their respective regions, constituencies and villages, which will assist the ministry in addressing GBV.
She further called on the business community to come together and discuss the issue of alcohol abuse, and to think of alternative and viable businesses to reduce the quantity of alcohol in the country. According to her, this is the main cause of GBV and other associated crimes.
The material and equipment handed over is valued at N.dollars 88 000.
The beneficiaries are the Shamukunda shoe-making and leather works project in the Ndiyona Constituency; the Tuzoreni community gardening project of the Mashare Constituency; and the Mpumu thrasher project in the Rundu Rural East Constituency.