In Namibia cultural traditions, stereotypes on gender roles and poverty still uphold Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Learner Pregnancy (LP).
Furthermore, the number of institutions that support affected survivors is moderate and capacity of service providers is limited. These circumstances have triggered the proliferation of GBV/LP rates. The action’s scope covers both prevention and protection activities to curb GBV/LP and further contributes to a cultural shift to a mindset that no longer tolerates GBV/LP and demands available, accessible qualitative support for survivors. Experiences at the grass roots level are reported to the legislative branch in order to foster action on the part of relevant Ministries and Political Decision Makers. Activities are introduced into public discourse through the collaboration with relevant media in radio and TV.
The overall impact of the project is to establish new, multi-faceted approaches to curb GBV/LP through holistic preventative measures and enhanced protection of survivors.
The two specific outcomes of this project are the following:
To reach these outcomes, the following activities will be implemented
For this project two organizations have decided to join their respective strengths: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung with 25 years of experiences in development cooperation and political cooperation with policy makers in Namibia is leading the application. REGAIN TRUST, a local and in 2018 the only CSO in Namibia in the field of GBV that offers individual counselling and trauma therapy to survivors brings its ample experience to the project.