Youth stand against femicide

Creating awareness

03 December 2019 | Local News

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

The Youth Against Femicide (YAF) movement operating with the backing of Dipogenic Media, are in the process of hosting a roadshow to sensitize the youth on gender-based violence (GBV).

The initiative targets schools in different towns in the Erongo region.

To kick-start operations, YAF hosted a fundraising gala dinner last week, which included a panel discussion with former Narraville Primary School principal Paul Fisher, warrant officer Ileni Shapumba who is head of community affairs in the region, and social worker Gail Taukuheke.

Dipogenic Media was established in 2014 and subsequently changed its name to Dipogenic Group, to facilitate other types of businesses and action plans catering for Namibians. The group consists of four members, namely Nghidipo Hangula, Michael Lukas, Jesaya Ndeiluka and Sherley Tjaveondja.

Under the Dipogenic Group, Youth Against Femicide (YAF) was created to spread awareness amongst Namibian youth through mass media and campaign strategies.

Hangula said the gala was the first of a series of awareness activities lined up.

“The aim is to have two gala dinners a year. The next one is scheduled for May 2020 and will serve as a feedback and update session as well as a fundraising opportunity.”

A number of meetings with stakeholders such as the ministries of education and gender will also be set up to discuss partnerships and to obtain guidance on how to steer the awareness campaign aimed at schools in particular.

The first roadshows are aimed at Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Arandis, Henties Bay, Usakos and Karibib.

“We need to confirm the availability of the different schools in these towns. However, we plan to complete the first leg of the awareness campaign by the end of February 2020. We hope to have visited 10 towns and hopefully 30 schools by the time we have our next gala dinner in May. These campaigns cannot take place without the approval and support of the relevant stakeholders.”

The YAF movement managed to raise N$6000 in cash and pledges during the dinner.

“No corporate sponsor was on board; the event was made possible by individual sponsors and contributors. We hope that the corporate community will be more engaging and forthcoming in sponsoring this initiative in future.”

The three speakers on the panel covered a range of topics, including reasons why GBV may occur, possible solutions and the need for something to be done to reduce gender-based violence and femicide in Namibia.

Warrant officer Ileni Shapumba said that there has been an increase in the number of GBV cases reported in the region. In 2017, 249 cases were reported, 253 in 2018 and 351 in 2019.

The launch of the 16 Days of Activism against GBV takes place at the Immanuel Ruiters Primary School hall in Kuisebmond at 10:00 on Friday.

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