Combating Gender-based violence with advocacy, training and awareness raising related to legal issues - 2005
What is the project about?
The overall aim of this project is promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women through:
- Strengthening of active civil society participation in the justice sector reform,
- Increasing the availability of legal information on gender-based laws and
- Supporting the establishment of a comprehensive national database on gender-based violence.
Description / Background
Women continue to be disadvantaged at all levels of Namibian life; in employment, influence, power structures and wealth. Violence against women is a serious and widespread human rights problem. Central to the issues of sexual abuse and violence are unequal gender relations where women are in a subordinate position to men, often economically dependent, with little bargaining or negotiating power, particularly on sexual matters. Some figures suggest one in five women are in an abusive relationship, and more than a third of women report having suffered physical or sexual abuse at the hands of an intimate partner.
Government policies recognize the importance of gender equality, and legislation has to a certain extent been passed to protect and improve the situation of women. Legislation includes the Combating of Rape Act, Combating of Domestic Violence Act, Married Person Equality Act, among others. Additionally, government and other stakeholders have agreed that there is a need to establish a comprehensive national database on gender-based-violence in order to improve access to information and to thereby strengthen the efforts to combat domestic violence.
What have we accomplished?
The project has received a lot of interest and attention from stakeholders, the general public and the media, and it’s timeliness and urgency has been stressed over and over again. During meetings and retreats stakeholders have shown great commitment to the cause and willingness to work together, especially for the establishment of the database. The broad ministerial and civil society participation has been a key factor contributing to national ownership of the process. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare has taken the lead in the process but encouraged broad participation.
Who finances the project?
Funded by - UNDP Democratic Governance TTF - FUNDED