Empathise with families of GBV victims: Geingob

WINDHOEK: Prime Minister (PM) Hage Geingob on Wednesday condemned gender-based violence (GBV), labelling it “barbaric acts of violence”.

Speaking during opening of the second National Conference on GBV, Geingob said the first quarter of this year has seen horrendous acts of violence and the unfathomed killing of women as well as dumping of new-born babies, describing it as “inhumane behaviour and utter disregard of human lives”.

“Let us take time to empathise with family members of victims of these violent acts,” he appealed, saying as a result of these terrible crimes, many people’s “hearts have been wounded” and their psyches have had to undergo unbearable trauma.

The PM said it is a situation that no human would want to be in, and those at the receiving end of such unfortunate events should receive adequate support and counselling.

He added that stakeholders tried to implement a number of recommendations from the first National Conference on GBV held in 2007, but they seem to have had little or no effect at all.

“Most of the lives lost are of our youth who have promising lives ahead of them and who have the potential to take this country to greater heights,” said Geingob.

He urged parents to examine themselves seriously and to critically analyse the manner in which they contribute to the upbringing of their children.

The Premier also called on lawmakers to examine the law and to come up with deterrents for destructive behaviour, and for all Namibians to examine every area of society and find ways out of the web of evil.

The three-day conference is attended by various stakeholders, Cabinet ministers and members of the public.

It ends on Friday.

SOURCE: NAMPA