First Lady says tragic results of urban dislocation and other societal pressures must be jointly addressed with other contributing factors of GBV

WINDHOEK: First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba said the tragic results of urban dislocation, unemployment, alcohol and other societal pressures must be jointly addressed with other contributing factors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) which has been on the increase in the country.

Pohamba who was speaking at the launch of a strategic plan for HANO Youth Foundation in the capital here on Tuesday stressed that these are national issues and all stakeholders from individuals, the family unit, traditional authority, churches and business community, civil society as well as government must be involved.

“We should particularly be willing and ready to be part of the solution to murder and killing because we are all affected directly and indirectly. Our dignity, our pride and integrity as peaceful, democratic and multiracial society is at stake and must be restored,” she noted.

She noted that her office and HANO had a bit of time to reflect on this issue and have decided to team up with other stakeholders and development partners.

“I want to see, hear and read messages on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Television, all radio stations and the print media about the various interventions that are being taken to alter undesired behaviors of violence,” she stressed.

The Namibian First Lady also appealed to parliamentarians to pass laws that will provide stiffer sentences to perpetrators violating the rights of people to life and should include laws prohibiting the misuse and abuse of alcohol, drugs and harmful substances.

Established on 22 May 2010, HANO Youth Foundation emerged from the names of its founders namely Steve Handura and Nocky Kaapehi and is registered as a welfare organization with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture as a youth organization.