NIPAM hosts one-day public dialogue on GBV

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

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.