08 Mar 2018 19:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 08 MAR (NAMPA) - One Billion Rising, an international movement striving to end rape and other violence against women, is now represented in Namibia.
Speaking to reporters Thursday during the celebration of International Womens Day here, One Billion Rising Country Coordinator Irene //Garoes said she started with campaigns to end sexual violence against women on 14 February this year in Windhoek.
//Garoes said she brought the campaign to Swakopmund on International Womens Day, when messages to end gender-based violence were shared.
Displaying anti-violence messages on placards, about 50 people held a march from the town centre to the amphitheatre.
After the march, women and children in attendance were encouraged to speak out against violence.
//Garoess message to the public, especially men, was to stop abusing women and for people to come out in public and condemn violence.
Women need to speak out about the beating and raping by men on a daily basis; currently only a few do that. Men must also stand up and say what we are doing is wrong, so that the message is spread further, she said.
//Garoes said she had a meeting with religious leaders in Windhoek last week to sensitise them on violence against women who believe in religion. She said some churches discourage divorcing abusive husbands and this issue needs discussion.
We also want local authorities to host meetings on this day and speak to women, men and children on womens rights. By doing this, they demonstrate support and commitment.
//Garoes plans to take the campaign to the Hardap, //Kharas and Zambezi regions before the end of this year.
The international campaign was launched on Valentines Day (14 February) in 2012, as a call to action based on the staggering statistics that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.
The country coordinator said with the world population at over 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls being abused.
The 2018 campaign is run under the theme Solidarity, Rise, Resist, Unite.