With the increase of gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Namibia, there is a need to discuss and explore possible ways to decrease such incidents. In order to achieve change on GBV, the matter needs to be tackled from different perspectives, such as understanding what is fueling GBV especially in the dominating generation, the most victims of GBV, what society thinks about the abuse of a boy child; the possible solutions to GBV can then formerly be explored.
GBV is the most common and dangerous form of violence witnessed in different countries including Namibia, the ongoing issue has long term negative effects and dead ends. GBV Comes in many forms, be it physical, emotional or sexual; its long term deleterious effect is the reason people all over the world have been fighting against it.
Firstly, it’s evident that in Namibia women or the girl child is the most victim of GBV and men being the main perpetrators. In Namibia over one-third of women who ever had a partner report cases of being subjected to violence by their partners, which includes 31% of women having experienced physical violence and 16% having experienced sexual violence according to statistics.
GBV is a violation of human rights regardless of gender, not overlooking the fact that women are the most victims of GBV. But again, is the boy child or men also being catered for? Many NGOs in Namibia are only advocating for a girl child, while most men suffer in silence as they are scared to speak out because of shame or perhaps because of societal perceptions of men in general. GBV is not a private matter it should therefore be discussed openly for change to be observed. Some of the social responses that can bring change on this matter include education on legal retorts and media information awareness campaigns.
In her article titled ‘GBV a major issue in Namibia’, Ida Ofman highlighted that the Namibian government is aware of the issue and the Namibian parliament and ministries are working together to decrease GBV incidents. The state should therefore strengthen its legal responses when it comes to GBV victimizers. The education system equally should put in the school curriculum educating school kids on GBV and gender equality and also promote inter-generational dialogue about violence and its negative effects.
If Namibians come together as a nation, then we can achieve positive change on GBV, this starts with individuals, homesteads, the government and churches.