Namibia and Finland Parliamentary group to fight GBV

25 Oct 2017 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 OCT (NAMPA) – A Namibia and Finland Parliamentary Friendship Group will be formed to tackle gender based violence (GBV) in the country whilst promoting and strengthening linkages between the two nations.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi told a media conference on Wednesday, the group would map out a strategy and find interventions to put an end to GBV in the country.
This, Katjavivi said, would be done to empower and strengthen the capacity of law enforcement personnel such as police officers and prosecutors who deal with GBV cases and victims thereof through targeted training.
“We want to create an environment where GBV victims do not have to hide, and for perpetrators to feel they do not have a place here,” he said.
The Namibia-Finland Parliamentary group would also work on strengthening the bi-lateral relations between the two countries by ensuring accessibility and accountability of Parliament.
“Finland is very close to Namibia and is committed to working with us at different levels from Parliament to Parliament, Government to Government and private sector to private sector, all in the interest of our two countries,” said Katjavivi.
He further indicated that the Parliament of Finland also has a Finland-Namibia Parliamentary Friendship Group which is focusing on increasing Finnish tourism to Namibia, among the many items on its agenda.