Karibib community marches against gender-based violence

Karibib community marches against gender-based violence

The community of Karibib in the Erongo Region marched to the town's police station Saturday morning to denounce gender-based violence and to call for action against the scourge.
Handing over a petition to the town's station commander, junior mayor Gillian Benade said gender-based violence in Namibia and elsewhere in the world is a complex issue that has at its root the structural inequalities between men and women.
"Government should provide sufficient human and financial resources for effective implementation of the relevant gender-based violence laws and policies enacted by the National Assembly."
She also suggested that gender-based violence recovery centres be established within hospitals in all regions.
Receiving the petition, inspector Josephine Ndjao of the Karibib police station, promised to pass the community's petition to the relevant authorities.
She said women lay charges when assaulted but often withdraw those cases.
Namibia has recently been rocked by a spate of brutal killings of women and children.