2nd National GBV conference commences

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba officially opened the second National Conference on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) at a local hotel on Wednesday under the theme ‘Unifying actions to eliminate GBV in Namibia’.

Speaking to various stakeholders Pohamba said it is a great source of concern that the lives of women and girls continue to be lost as a result of GBV perpetrated mostly by men, which in addition has gained Namibia a shameful reputation because of the high incidences of GBV and other crimes.

He said the three-day conference is a platform for Namibians to come together and share experiences, and learn from each other in seeking solutions which will bring an end to these heinous crimes.

Pohamba further called on the relevant authorities to implement measures put in place to intensify the ongoing campaign to combat GBV in the country.

“It is vital to ensure that these instruments are harnessed fully to create awareness amongst our population, and to complement the ability of our government and the relevant institutions to combat the scourge of GBV,” he said.

The Namibian leader emphasised that there is a need to re-look certain societal beliefs, practices and forms of behaviour that may contribute to the perpetration and increase in GBV, which could enable the conceptualisation and initiation of more effective strategies to achieve desired goals to combat GBV.

The first national conference on GBV was held in 2007, and this year’s conference aims to take forward the work started by the first conference.