This project will help to restore the dignity of 200 Namibian women who have been victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Namibia. GBV is endemic in Namibia and thus our organisation has decided to contribute actively to the prevention of this scourge in order to promote peace within families, women's rights and gender equality in Namibia.This will be done by offering counselling and psychosocial support to the 200 victims of gender-based violence to help them heal and rebuild their lives.
GBV is endemic in Namibia. Over 1 565 gender-based violence murder cases were reported to police in 2014 spanning three years. About 3 489 women were victims of GBV between 2009 and 2013. About 631 women were raped each year in the past five years. In 2016 about 50 000 crimes related to GBV were reported over the past three years. The situation is out of control. Therefore, this project is going to help 200 women who have been victims of gender-based violence to heal and rebuild their lives.
To solve the problem the project will provide counselling and psychosocial support, help form 5 support groups for the 200 victims of GBV, facilitate referral to social workers and psychologists, facilitate access to legal advice, assist with safe accommodation and immediate social needs, assist to start income-generation projects and small businesses to promote self-sustenance, provide a hotline number for victims of GBV, produce GBV materials and conduct a community education campaign on GBV.
The long-term impact of the project will be improved health and safety of the 200 victims of GBV through improved awareness of GBV as a health issue, improved referral of victims to relevant GBV services and improved knowledge and utilisation of GBV services by more community members as a result of the massive community education campaign on GBV. The objective is to reduce injury and mortality due to gender-based violence and reduce incidences of rape and abuse to restore the dignity of victims.