14 Oct 2013 17:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 10 OCT (NAMPA) Over 10 000 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) incidences are expected to be reported by the end of this year, the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare said recently.
GBV incidences reported during 2011 amounted to 7 824 and 8 408 during 2012, said Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister, Rosalia Nghidinwa.
She noted that GBV incidences have dramatically increased yearly, and approximately 10 356 cases are expected to be reported by the end 2013.
Nghidinwa shared these statistics during the 16th annual meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here last Thursday.
She indicated that during the month of June this year alone, a total of 869 GBV cases were reported.
Nghidinwa explained that GBV is one of the biggest challenges people in the community, villages and at the household level face.
As a result, the minister requested traditional leaders defy how a real man and a real woman should behave.
Manhood is not defined by bashing a woman or raping women and children. Real manhood is about caring, loving, heading, mentoring and above all a role model in the society, a role model of hard work.
Therefore, our traditional leaders should detect early signs and symptoms of violence such as quarrelling, fighting, jealousy, rape among their communities, and address it before it ends up in death, Nghidinwa urged.
She continued that the government is committed to put up a fight against gender and domestic violence through the establishment of the Women and Child Protection Units throughout Namibia.
Nghidinwa added that her ministry is currently in the process to implement an Action Plan on GBV with all sectors, including traditional authority structures.
There are countless young children under the care of the ministry who become victims of acts of rape, physical and emotional abuse by their close relatives, and thus GBV remain a serious concern in Namibia, she noted.
The minister further urged traditional leaders and the government at large, particularly the Namibian Police Force, to work together as a team with other stakeholders such as churches and non-governmental organisations to eliminate GBV, and encourage victims and eye witness to report cases.