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Namibians march against gender based violence 

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 2016.

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.

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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.

African National 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.” 

             

 

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