GBV victims are potential human resources: Scholtz

08 Nov 2018 19:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 08 NOV (NAMPA) - Victims of gender-based violence (GBV) are potential human resources that could contribute to the development of Namibia in general and the //Kharas Region in particular.
These remarks were made by !Nami#Nûs Constituency Councillor, Jan Scholtz at the official opening of a two-day GBV workshop here on Thursday.
The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, aims to establish a //Kharas GBV cluster to ensure effective and efficient implementation of gender-mainstreaming programmes.
Scholtz said it is sad when society thinks the way out of disagreement is fighting, emotional torture or murdering someone, adding that people need to find alternative ways to resolve their differences.
“I do believe that if we go back to our roots, where we lived knowing and taking responsibility for the growth, safety and security of every individual in our community, we will have no more GBV incidents,” he said.
Scholtz further said there is great concern about the increase in gender-based violence within the communities and a blind eye cannot be turned to societal norms and beliefs that are fuelling GBV.
He urged those in attendance to use the opportunity to reflect on the impact GBV and violence against children have on the efforts the country is making towards poverty eradication and development.
“Let us come up with region-specific strategies on how to tackle these evils and let us rally together to ensure that our communities live together in harmony,” he stated.