Men in heels protest against GBV

WINDHOEK: Around two hundred men marched from the offices of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to the Zoo park in the city centre to protest about the latest trend of men killing women. Max Jason who Standard Bank Namibia who was one of the men wearing high heals in solidarity of all women in Namibia told Nampa he took part as he is tired of men killing our women.

‘All men came from women – women are the mothers of this earth, and it is important to respect women’ Jason said. He added we should take care of our women and not kill them. Viv Tuneeko who also participated said said because men lost respect for themselves thus the behaviour of beating and killing the female gender. ‘

My message to all men learn to respect ourselves and learn to respect women’ He added and said in the olden days there was a saying that if a woman wants to cross a river they used to look for a man to assist, nowadays they run away from men out of fear. It was not only individuals, but families also took part. Harold Akwenye, his son Giovani and daughter Zalika also took part. Giovani said the leaders ( referring to the older generation) do not set the example, we look up at them, but the fail us.

‘They are setting a bad example’ he told this reporter. His father, Harold agree and said he brought his two children along to the protest walk to make them aware of the current situation in the country and to show his children that he cares for others. ‘I try to build morals and values in my house, and we all need to bring God back into our homes’ he added. The protest march started around 10h00 on Saturday and was escorted through Independence Ave by the Namibia Defense Force’s (NDF) brass band and members of the City Police.

(edited)WINDHOEK: About 200 men marched from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to Zoopark in the city centre on Saturday to campaign against the killing of women.

The friendly protest started at 10h00 under the theme ‘Walking a mile in her shoes’, and most men fittingly wore women’s high heel shoes during the march along Independence Avenue.

Members of the City Police, Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the NDF brass band accompanied the demonstrators, who also included women.

Protestor Max Jason told Nampa after the march he took part because he is tired of men killing women.

“All men come from women – women are the mothers of this earth, and it is important to respect women,” he said, adding that it is crucial to take care of all women.

Viv Tuneeko said men who kill have lost respect for themselves, hence they beat and kill women.

“In the olden days, if a woman wanted to cross a river she would look for a man to assist her but nowadays, they (women) run away from men out of fear,” he said.

Harold Akwenye also participated in the march with his son Giovani and daughter Zalika.

Giovani said the older generation does not set the right example for youngsters, “we look up at them, but they fail us”.

His father agreed, adding that he brought his two children along to the protest to make them aware of the current situation in the country and to show them that he cares for others.

“I try to build morals and values in my house, and we all need to bring God back into our homes,” said Akwenye.