Namibia to respond to gender-based violence petition

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Namibia’s government will next week “give feedback” to the gender-based violence petition presented by demonstrators, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said.

Protesters marched in the capital, Windhoek, over the weekend demanding, among other things, that a state of emergency be declared to fight gender-based violence.

The prime minister said the government was “working around the clock to review the demands and assess the key areas that we intend to respond to, including enhancing the policy, legal and institutional safeguards”.

Several protesters were arrested during the demonstrations for defying restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus but were later released and the charges dropped.

The country has one of the highest levels of reported rapes in the world while more than 200 cases of domestic violence are registered each month in Windhoek.Article share tools