08 Sep 2017 15:30pm
GOBABIS, 08 SEP (NAMPA) - Women must change the way they conduct their relationships with men by avoiding tendencies that make them prone to gender-based violence (GBV).
This was the core of the message that came out of Wednesday's observation of the Namibia Correctional Services Women's Wellness Day in Gobabis.
The day, which was observed for the second time this year, is held in remembrance of women who fell victim to domestic abuse and gender-based violence.
It also celebrates the courage and determination of women charged with running institutions in the country.
Delivering the keynote address on the day, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Sergeant Lina Binga urged women to take charge of their relationships by looking out for early signs of domestic violence from their partners.
You must be on the lookout for those small things that you often dismiss as being 'nothing' when done to you; that's how the cycle of domestic violence starts, she said.
She said many women hold the untrue belief that domestic violence is only perpetrated against weak or illiterate women.
Your diplomas, degrees or position at work will do nothing to protect you against domestic violence. You have to be vigilant all the time as no one is spared in this, she stated.
Binga noted that domestic violence or abuse manifests itself in different forms, and is not always physical, adding that psychological, social and emotional abuse are all types of abuse.
If you are made to feel worthless, or are denied basic human rights or an income by your partner; that is abuse. It does not always need to be physical to denote abuse, said Binga.
Many speakers on the day expressed concern that the same men who are supposed to protect and care for them, have now become their biggest enemies.
Concerns were also raised against the withdrawal of GBV cases reported with the police, as this weakens the force's influence against the crime.
The day was marked by women from the Ministry of Safety and Security's two departments the Correctional Services and NamPol. The women donned civilian clothing for the day to mark the day with victims of domestic abuse.