Nandi-Ndaitwah wants GBV brought to an end

20 Jun 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) – Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has called on Namibian men and women to find solutions to gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.
“Let us not play the blame game as it will not help us end domestic violence. Let us find an urgent solution together to bring about an end to domestic violence,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said during the Swapo-Party Women’s Council Central Committee meeting at a lodge on the outskirts of Windhoek on Saturday.
“You kill and burn somebody whom you shared moments for many years with and with whom you have children. What is really happening in our society?” she questioned.
The Deputy PM was referring to an incident which occurred in the Oshikoto Region’s Oniipa Constituency this week, whereby a man allegedly killed his wife and set her body alight at their home at Onalulago village.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, called on all Namibians, including church leaders, to help bring an end to gender-based violence.
A number of GBV incidents in which mostly women have lost their lives have sent shockwaves through the country, while rapes are reported to the police on a constant basis.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba during his term in office repeatedly denounced violence against women.
He called for stiffer penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence and rape.
In 2013, the former President also led the country in a national day of prayer against gender-based violence.