Sixteen Days of Activism against GBV launched
24 Nov 2013 14:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 24 NOV (NAMPA) The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa officially launched this years 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV) campaign at Walvis Bay on Sunday.
The campaign is being held under the theme From peace in the home to peace in Namibia: Lets unite to end violence against women and children.
It calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by, amongst other things, raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at local, national, regional and international levels and strengthening local work around violence against women.
Sixteen Days of Activism against GBV has been used internationally as an organising strategy by individuals and groups around the world, calling on the elimination of all forms of violence against women.
Nghidinwa opened the campaign with a moment of silence in honour of those who have lost their lives as a result of GBV.
She said GBV is on the increase in Namibia, adding that there is a need for her ministry to educate local communities about its dangers.
This year the 16 Days of Activism against GBV is intensified, and different non-governmental organisations have planned events in the various regions to sensitise the public on GBV and its prevention measures, the minister stated.
She then called on all stakeholders to come forth and collaborate with Government to help curb incidences of gender-based violence in Namibia.