African diplomats help fight GBV in Namibia

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare received a donation of N.dollars 20 000 from the Group of African Embassies (GAE) here on Wednesday to help fight gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia.

The GAE comprises of some African ambassadors and high commissioners based in Namibia.

Gender equality minister Doreen Sioka said she was receiving the donation at the backdrop of sexual violence against women and children.

“We all know that GBV is a violation of human rights and is not acceptable on any grounds, whether committed by men or women,” she said.

Sioka stressed that GBV is a cross-cutting issue that needs support from all stakeholders, including the community.

“Therefore, I do not have enough words to thank and appreciate what you, sister African countries, have done in donating these funds today” she said.

The minister called on private and state-owned enterprises of Namibia to emulate this gesture and rise to the occasion in support of her ministry and engage in events which will eliminate the evil scourge of GBV.

GAE Dean and Ambassador of the Democratic Republic (DRC) of Congo to Namibia, Anastas Kaboba said the donation is part of the group’s activities to curb GBV.

“We felt it was important to bring this symbolic gesture because we believe it will touch the hearts of those committing this violence and we want them to stop,” he said.

Kaboba believes that GBV is becoming a plague, and personally as a man “I cannot understand why this is happening to our women, our sisters and mothers”.

Possible causes of the national issue include alcohol abuse and the reluctance of both men and women to report cases of physical and emotional abuse to the police. The financial dependence on partners, and cultural norms and traditions also influence GBV.