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The UN System in Namibia marches for ‘Zero Tolerance for GBV’ on International Women’s Day

DSC_0234The UN System including UNIC Windhoek took part in a peaceful march against Gender Based Violence (GBV) to commemorate International Women’s Day, organized by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in collaboration with the Ministry of Regional, Local Government, Housing and Rural Development.

In line with Namibia’s International Women’s Day theme, “Zero Tolerance for GBV: Towards Gender Equality”, the march set out to condemn GBV, to provide solidarity and support for gender equality and to motivate men and women to be agents of change in addressing GBV.

DSC_0239GBV is an issue that impacts many people across Namibia. According to 2016 local news reports, an estimate of 10 000 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) were registered with the Namibian Police over the past three years which include common assault, rape and assault with grievous bodily harm.

The highest estimate data of GBV cases was recorded in 2014, with 4 714 cases reported compared to 3 847 in 2013 and 2 581 cases in 2015.  Altogether 10 142 GBV cases were reported for the period 2013-2015.

GBV is a global issue that extends beyond Namibia’s borders. This year, the world celebrated International Women’s Day under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality” with a focus on spreading awareness of UN Women’s Step it Up initiative as well as the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

“On this International Women’s Day, I remain outraged by the denial of rights to women and girls – but I take heart from the people everywhere who act on the secure knowledge that women’s empowerment leads to society’s advancement” Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary-General said. Continue reading

Secretary General’s Message on International Women’s Day 2016




8 March 2016

pg8As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained.

More than a half-century later, the memory continues to haunt me. In poor parts of the world today, women still risk death in the process of giving life. Maternal mortality is one of many preventable perils. All too often, female babies are subjected to genital mutilation. Girls are attacked on their way to school. Women’s bodies are used as battlefields in wars. Widows are shunned and impoverished.

We can only address these problems by empowering women as agents of change. Continue reading