Unemployment affect GBV: First Lady

13 Jul 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibian First Lady, Monica Geingos says gender-based violence (GBV) is disproportionately perpetuated against mainly women and children.
Speaking at the launch of the Zero Tolerance Campaign against GBV 2015 in the capital on Friday, Geingos said although the prevalence of GBV is alarming, it couldn’t be viewed in isolation to violence in the Namibian society in general.
“When we accept violence as an alternative conflict resolution mechanism or as a form of communication, we willingly reproduce and perpetuate violence in our society,” she said.
The First Lady noted that socio-economic challenges like high unemployment and other issues which effect power relations between men and women, such as the rise of female breadwinners, do affect GBV as they have “the potential to trigger new patterns of abuse”.
“It therefore makes it critical to have accurate and timely data to understand and arrest these new trends that are developing,” she noted.
Geingos also raised a concern that the majority of GBV cases reported were either committed by an intimate partner, family member or people who were close to the victims, and therefore urged individuals to assist in combating GBV.
“The problem is in our homes, it’s in the homes of our neighbours, our friends and even our role models. We must stop protecting the perpetrators and we must assist in ‘spotting it to stop it’,” she stressed.
The campaign under the theme “Spot it to Stop it” aims to create a conversation around the negative issues in an interactive and engaging manner.
It is directed at the youth and will use a radio drama series titled “Love Is” to engage people.
“Love Is” portrays familial behaviour towards GBV, and will air on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation's (NBC) National Radio English service later this year.
Listeners will receive a text message containing a link from where they can download the drama series application on their mobile device or computer.
This platform affords them the opportunity to give possible recommendations when one is confronted with a GBV scenario.
The campaign is a joint effort by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology; Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare; United Nations Fund for Population Activities; United Nations Children’s Fund; and the United Nations Development Programme.