Youth engages Geingob on GBV

Members of the #StopGenderBasedViolence (#SGBV) movement on Friday engaged President Hage Geingob on issues raised in their petition handed over to the speaker of the National Assembly.

Briefing the media on the outcome of the meeting, #SGBV member Bertha Thobias said the issues mentioned in the petition, including the clashes between protestors and the Namibian Police Reserve Force, were addressed.

The modalities of future interactions between the protesters and law enforcement agents were also addressed, she said.

‘More importantly, Government is on board to continuously consult and engage in order to ensure SGBV becomes an accelerated effort by Government to address in society and in its National Development Plans,” Thobias said.

She added that going forward, the government has agreed to see how it can address the issue of shelters and to establish a 24-hour protection unit in the fight against GBV in the country.

Thobias, however, said the protest held last Saturday which resulted in some protestors being detained by the law enforcement agents in Windhoek was illegal.

Another member, Ndiilo Nthegwe, said the movement was able to make strides as they got to discuss the increasing number of GBV incidents with top officials.

“It really just shows that from social media and from the protest in different towns that the #SGBV movement gets the attention that it deserves. That is all we wanted, to actually be heard. This also shows the sustainability of the movement. It does not die down when we stop posting messages against GBV,” she said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency