22 Jun 2015 19:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 22 JUN (NAMPA) The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) in the Oshikoto Region is mobilizing members of the public to join a mass demonstration against gender-based violence (GBV).
Speaking to Nampa in an interview at Ongwediva on Monday, SPYL Secretary for Information and Mobilization in the region, Eddy Gabriel said the demonstration will be held at Oniipa Constituency on Wednesday and will involve a march from the Swapo Party office at 15h00 to the office of the regional governor.
This mass demonstration is prompted by the latest killing of an innocent woman at Omuntele Constituency and a woman teacher at Oniipa Constituency in our region by their male partners, said Gabriel.
Two Namibian women in the Oshikoto Region were killed over the past seven days; one shot and set alight beyond recognition by her husband, apparently following marital problems in the Oniipa Constituency and another stabbed several times, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend in the Omuntele Constituency.
Gabriel pointed out that the planned demonstration will present a petition to the Regional Governor, Henock Kankoshi, and Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Commissioner Anne-Marie Nainda.
According to Gabriel, the SPYL in the Oshikoto Region would demand severe sentences to be imposed on those convicted of GBV and/or domestic violence.
If possible, we will suggest the government to introduce a curricula on GBV as a subject in our schools, Gabriel stated, adding that the nation will then shun GBV when youngsters are educated on its negative effect at a tender age.
He went on to say the Oshikoto SPYL wishes to see educators, businesspeople, the church and civic educational organizations freeing themselves from their daily responsibilities to participate in the demonstration in big numbers on Wednesday.
Our appeal goes to people in our region, as well as in the nearby regions, to come share solidarity with all those affected by the GBV in our region and the country as whole, Gabriel narrated.