MANWU conference on GVB

22 May 2017 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 MAY (NAMPA) – The Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU) is on Monday and Tuesday holding a conference under the theme ‘A Namibian House Free from Gender Based Violence’ (GBV).
MANWU President, Angula Angula said during the opening that the conference will foresee what trade unions can do to mainstream GBV in their daily activities, which could include more than wage negotiations and fighting for workers’ benefits.
The conference focuses on four topics: GVB causes and possible interventions; the impact of GBV at household level and society at large; unions keys to ending GVB at workplaces; and human rights in respect of GBV
“Although many attempts and interventions are being implemented by various stakeholders, the incidence of GVB are increasing on a daily basis,” said Angula.
In her official opening statement of the conference, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Loide Kasingo said although Namibia is signatory to various laws to fight domestic violence, figures of such crimes are still extremely high and it is important for every organisation to tackle the epidemic.
“I am informed that MANWU has a GVB programme and policy in place, I therefore call on all trade unions in Namibia to emulate the MANWU example,” said Kasingo.
Apart from MUNWU, representatives of Women’s Action for Development (WAD), Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, National Youth Council, University of Namibia, Ministry of Safety and Security and Council of Churches in Namibia, are attending the conference.