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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:

  • Relevant institutions, citizens, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Political Decision Makers, multipliers and schools are better informed and trained so that consequently GBV/LP prevention and protective activities rise in quality and quantity.
  • Counselling and therapies offered to GBV/LP survivors are qualitatively and quantitatively enhanced through training of CSOs and survivors on key counselling techniques in the regions Khomas, Erongo and the so called “Ovamboland”, where GBV/LP rates are among the highest.

To reach these outcomes, the following activities will be implemented

  • Political Decision Makers/Traditional Authorities/Traditional Leaders are aware of the impact of GBV/LP and introduced to necessary initiatives through exchange platforms. This includes efforts to implement legislation to ensure GBV/LP protection and prevention.
  • Relevant CSOs and representatives from Ministry of Safety and Security and Ministry of Gender, Equality and Child Welfare, especially the Gender Based Violence Investigation Unit and Namibian Police Force officers, are sensitized on the importance of GBV/LP prevention and are aware of protection tools.
  • Specific Secondary Schools and their respective staff and parents are aware of preventive and protective measures against LP and LP’s linkages to GBV.
  • CSOs and survivors are trained in the newly-established counselling facilities to become peer-to-peer counsellors within their communities.
  • Citizens affected by GBV/LP receive counselling and protection . • Citizens in all targeted regions have enhanced awareness on GBV/LP.

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.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Namibia Office

95 John Meinert Street
Windhoek-West

Postal Address:
P.O Box 23652
Windhoek / Namibia

+264-61-417 500
+264-61-237 441

office(at)fesnam.org.na

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