Conference on family values next week

28 Mar 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibia’s social problems of gender-based violence and child headed households stem directly from the breakdown of the family structure and family values, Powerhouse Family Fellowship spokesperson, Edmund Khoaseb has said.
In a media statement on Monday, he said these social ills are to be discussed at the two-day ‘Save the Family’ Conference organised by the organisation and the Fatherhood Foundation next Thursday.
Khoaseb, who is also a City Police officer, said more needs to be done to introduce strategies for families struggling with societal problems.
“The conference will offer powerful insights and experiences and introduce strategies for families struggling with a broad range of real challenges including divorce, parenting, finances and social media.”
The event will be held under the theme ‘Let’s Talk’.
Convening are international speakers such as South African musician and media personality Simon Witbooi, and other non-governmental organisations and religious bodies.
Witbooi is the great-grandson of Nama Chief Hendrik Witbooi, who died while in battle against German colonial forces in 1905.
The rapper uses his profile to raise awareness of social issues in Africa and helps uplift communities.
Director of the Fatherhood Foundation, Carven Izaks and Mike Amey from Experience Koi Namibia Worship Centre will delve into topics including how to create the atmosphere of a family, building healthy relationships and marriage, and finding healing from a broken relationship.
“As a foundation we believe that fatherlessness is the root of the social ills we see today, and we want to make a change in the society,” said Izaks in the statement.
Over the past few years, Namibia has witnessed incidents of intimate partner violence and many women lost their lives at the hands of their lovers or husbands.
Last week, 33-year-old Elizabeth Mwahaladaya Haimbodi became the latest casualty of domestic violence after she was shot, allegedly by her boyfriend, in Katutura.
In January, the body of 25-year-old Iyaloo Ndapandula Hainghumbi, an International University of Management student, was found dumped along the B1 road in Windhoek after she was killed, allegedly by her partner.