GBV is a human rights violation: Pohamba

WINDHOEK: Namibian men must learn to understand and respect the dignity of others and the sanctity of life, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said on Wednesday.

“We should spare no efforts to ensure that we have a society where women and children are fully protected, where our men respect themselves and others, especially our women and children,” he said while opening the second National Conference on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) here.

Pohamba noted that GBV encompasses a wide range of human rights violations which leave survivors and victims with deep physical and psychological scars and expose them to injuries and many health risks.

He said there is a need to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing measures and to introduce new once in order to assist the victims of GBV in all parts of the country.

The Namibian leader called for the enhancement of the capabilities of law-enforcement agencies through training and the provision of modern equipment and facilities, so that they can effectively handle and investigate cases of GBV and domestic violence.

Pohamba said he was pleased that the Namibian Police Force have introduced an electronic system to fast-track investigations and the timely compilation and dissemination of disaggregated statistics on GBV, as such data will show the nature of the crimes per month and per region.

He urged all stakeholders to support the initiative by providing required capacities so that the system can achieve the intended outcomes, as well as to continue promoting the creation of awareness among parents, teachers, nurses, police officers, community and spiritual leaders to confront GBV in unity of purpose and action.

The conference commenced on Wednesday, and ends on Friday this week.