NAMIBIA: First Lady Calls on Namibian Women to Come Together to Deal with Domestic and Sexual Violence

Thursday, August 12, 2010
NBC News
Southern Africa
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Namibia's First Lady has called on Namibian women to come together and put robust effort in place to deal with domestic and sexual violence.

Penehupifo Pohamba indicated that women need to stand together to ensure perpetrators of violence against women and vulnerable people are brought to book.

But, most importantly, the First Lady emphasises the need for the justice system to be seen as protecting women and vulnerable people in society and to stop acts of violence against these people.

The Namibian First lady was addressing more than 200 women attending the Fourth Namibian Women Summit underway in the capital, on the increasing domestic and sexual violence against women in the country.

The summit is held under the theme: “Women in a Changing World".

Critical issues to be discussed at the three-day meeting include government policies for women empowerment, leadership in changing the world and women entrepreneurial strategy.

At the occasion, the American Ambassador to Namibia, Denise Mathieu, reiterated her Government's readiness to assist Namibian women in enhancing their small businesses and creating platforms for exporting their products.