The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is currently hosting a day long, consultative meeting on Gender Based Violence and the Commemoration of the International Day (IWD) at the Windhoek Country Club.
The function is attended by Regional Governors, Chairperson's of Management Committees of the Regional Councils, and the Chief Regional Officers. MGECW, Minister Doreen Sioka during her opening remarks emphasised the challenge of gender based violence in Namibia saying "Despite of the provisions in the Namibian Constitution, different kinds of abuse have escalated such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape outside and within marriages, human trafficking as well as killing of women and in some instance men which are all part of gender based violence".
She added that the state through the minister, launched a Zero Tolerance campaign in 2009, however the situation has not improved, as the Former President Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba had to call a National Day of Prayers. In the meeting, the regional representatives are to discuss their implementation strategies to curb GBV, according to the National Plan of Gender Based Violence.
"Gender Based Violence is not only a Minister of Gender and Child Welfare concern, it is a national concern and it requires multi-sectoral approach at all levels of our society, if we are to eliminate it. I am therefore hopeful that this one day consultative meeting will help us all to come up with some practical strategies to enable us to develop plans that we can implement at ourvarious regions, constituencies and villages", Sioka said.