GBV not a failure exclusive to Namibia: Nghidinwa

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) is hosting a one-day public dialogue on Gender Based Violence (GBV) titled: “ Understanding the Contributing Factors Towards Violence Against Women and Children,” in the capital on Wednesday.

Officiating at the dialogue, the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Rosalia Nghidinwa said the issue of GBV is not an exclusive failure to Namibia as virtually all countries have their fair share of this painful reality in post-modern society.

In some societies, she added these sorts of crime go unnoticed or unreported, saying that in Namibia the killing of one innocent woman is not a small problem.

She noted that considering the size of the population, GBV targeted especially against women and children has drastically increased in the past few years.

Reports indicate that more than half of the victims suffer violence in the hands of those who claim to love them such as partners, parents and spouses.

The Minister noted that the factors that are contributing to GBV in Namibia include, unequal gender relations and discrimination, disruption of social structures, rapid changes in cultural traditions and cultural tolerance or practices that justifies men’s physical aggression against women.

Other contributing factors she added include poverty and frustration due to unemployment, lack of productive work or decent or well-paid job, lack of respect for human rights, harmful cultural beliefs and practices, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health issues and attitudes.

These factors according to Nghidinwa can lead to acute or chronic physical injury, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, urinary tract infections and fistulas, reproductive health problems, emotional and psycological trauma, stigmatization, rejection, isolation, depression, increased gender discrimination and death.

She made it clear that in respond the issues of gender inequality and GBV, the Namibian Government has enacted and ratified laws and conventions and is in the process to discuss the draft Divorce Bill, Marital Property Reform Bill and Recognition of Customary Marriage Bill and Law Reform on Inheritance.

All these bills are meant to address the inequalities that exist between men and women in the Namibian society, she stressed.

In attendance was the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Ivula-Ithana, Minister of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) Richard Kamwi and the Director of NIPAM Joseph Diescho.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) hosted a one-day public dialogue on gender-based violence (GBV) here on Wednesday.

It took place under the theme “Understanding the Contributing Factors Towards Violence Against Women and Children”.

Speaking during the event, Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa said the issue of GBV is not an exclusive failure to Namibia, as virtually all countries have their fair share of this painful reality in post-modern societies.

In some societies, these sorts of crimes go unnoticed or unreported, while in Namibia, the killing of one innocent woman is not a small problem.

The minister said considering the size of the population, GBV targeted especially against women and children has drastically increased over the past few years.

Reports indicate that more than half of the victims suffer violence at the hands of those who claim to love them such as partners, parents and spouses.

Factors contributing to GBV in Namibia include unequal gender relations and discrimination, the disruption of social structures, rapid changes in cultural traditions, and cultural tolerances or practices which justify men’s physical aggression against women.

Other contributing factors, according to Nghidinwa, are poverty and frustration due to unemployment, lack of productive work or decent or well-paying jobs, lack of respect for human rights, harmful cultural beliefs and practices, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health issues as well as attitudes.

These factors can lead to acute or chronic physical injury, unwanted pregnancies, sexually-transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, urinary tract infections and fistulas, reproductive health problems, emotional and psychological trauma, stigmatisation, rejection, isolation, depression, increased gender discrimination and death.

In response to these issues of gender inequality and GBV, the Namibian Government has enacted and ratified laws and conventions, and is also in the process of discussing the draft Divorce Bill, Marital Property Reform Bill and the Recognition of Customary Marriages’ Bill as well as Law Reform on Inheritance.

All these Bills are meant to address the inequalities which exist between men and women in Namibian society, stressed the minister.

In attendance were the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Minister of Health and Social Services Richard Kamwi and the Director of Nipam, Dr Joseph Diescho.

SOURCE: NAMPA