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Hundreds show up for anti-GBV march in Swakopmund

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Hundreds of youth joined the gender-based violence protest in Swakopmund on Friday. The demonstration was triggered by the discovery of human remains suspected to be that of Shannon Wasserfall, in a shallow grave at Walvis Bay on Tuesday. The 22-year-old […]

Hundreds of youth joined the gender-based violence protest in Swakopmund on Friday.

The demonstration was triggered by the discovery of human remains suspected to be that of Shannon Wasserfall, in a shallow grave at Walvis Bay on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Wasserfall had gone missing at the harbour town in April this year.

In a message delivered by Chana Wagner, an advocate for the Missing Persons Unit here, the group called on GBV to be treated as a matter of urgency, noting that it alone is a pandemic.

The group expressed disappointment towards the lawmakers and police for the “lack of accountability and sufficient protection”.

“The Namibian government and its police force do not care about the safety of our women and they have taken zero accountability. How many times do we refresh our social media pages and we read about an 8-year-old girl raped by her father, 10-year-old raped by her brother or 20-year-old killed by her boyfriend,” expressed the group.

They also lamented how more rules and regulations were placed during the COVID-19 state of emergency period than what was ever placed in the past 20 years and more to ensure the safety of women in Namibia.

“Every day a woman in Namibia dies at the hand of a man and not once has this been addressed or treated as an urgency. This needs to change.”

Since March until end September 2020, the Erongo Region police recorded 24 rape and 176 domestic violence and other GBV-related cases.

A candlelight vigil was held for Wasserfall at Walvis Bay on Friday night.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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