Omusati residents pray for dometic violence to end

11 Dec 2013 17:50pm
NAKAYALE, 11 DEC (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party Women’s Council (SPWC) in the Omusati Region, in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) and the Anglican Church, on Tuesday conducted a prayer session against domestic violence in that region.
The prayer session coincided with the commemoration of International Human Rights Day and Namibia Women’s Day.
The prayer session took place at the Nakayale ELCIN Centre.
Home Affairs and Immigration Minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, who was the keynote speaker at the event, told those present that action needs to be taken to address domestic violence, the killing of women and dumping of babies in Namibia.
She described such acts as violation human rights.
“It was not the case before. Only at independence did I learn of a woman stabbed with a knife; hacked with a panga; strangled to death by a man,” Iivula-Ithana told her audience.
She then advised men to stop violating the rights of women, and to learn to accept when a woman decides to end a relationship.
“All human beings are born free and equal, and everyone is entitled to life and security,” Iivula-Ithana stressed.
She then suggested that religious leaders take church services to where people gather in big numbers, and not only wait for people to come to church buildings on Sundays.
“I don’t think it will violate your policy matters if you take the church services to places such as cuca shops where many people come together,” the minister noted.
The Omusati regional governor Sophia Shaningwa also attended the prayer session.