WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
Human rights activist, society, women and public
in Namibia on Wednesday took to the street to march against
increasing cases of gender-based violence.
Alna Dall, organiser
of march held under the theme the “Total Shut Down Against
Violence in Namibia,” said that the demonstration is aimed at
raising awareness and sensitizing the public on the impact of
gender-based violence and serves as a call to action.
Namibia has over the
years experienced cases of gender based violence, mainly against
women. Between November 2017 and January 2018, the Namibia
Police registered 552 cases of gender-based violence. Statistics
by the Namibian Police also show that nearly 50,000 cases
related to gender-based violence were reported between 2014 and
According to Dall,
the march further serves as an avenue for civil society,
government, human rights defenders and all those affected to
join forces and collaborate to ensure protection of those
affected, and prevention thereof.
A petition which the
activists presented to the Namibian Police, Ministries of
Justice as well as Gender Equality and Child Welfare demanded
improved collaboration and communication across all sectors,
establishment of more assistance centres for women as well as
recommending implementation of a training program on gender
sensitiveness for all police officers.
The petition was
received by Khomas Regional Commander in the Namibian Police
Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa who promised to provide feedback to the
nation, in line with the recommendations.
S.African women protest against
gender based violence
JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua) --
Thousands of South African women took to the
streets across the country against the scourge of gender-based
violence on Wednesday, appealing for the government to curb
violence against women and children.
Congress (ANC) Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamani
addressed marchers outside ANC’s headquarters in Johannesburg.
“For how long are we
going to keep quiet while our children are being killed? Women
get killed while they have protection orders. This means that we
must review our laws to ensure that they take into consideration
the issues of women.”
“As long as we don’t
win cases in the judiciary, as long as we don’t focus on
legislations that protects women, we are not going anywhere. As
long as perpetrators of violence continue using culture, we will
never be liberated,” she added.
Dlamini is also the
Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women. Her department
on Tuesday declared August 1 as the “day of mourning for victims
of gender based violence.”