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Women's Solidarity Namibia launched.

On International Women's Day, former MP Rosa Namises launched Women's Solidarity Namibia with scores of women from Katutura township in Windhoek. The event was heralded by a march against violence and the handing over of a petition to the then deputy speaker of parliament, who came to Katutura to receive it together with two women members of parliament. The petition called for stiffer penalties against perpetrators of violence against women and children.

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The new organisation aims to fill the gap left by the closure of Women's Solidarity in early 2004. According to Namises, Women's Solidarity Namibia will work towards protecting women and children against gender based violence through education, data collection and publicity, outreach work, counselling, providing support to women who have been personally affected such as bereaved mothers, as well as supporting survivors of domestic violence and rape.

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"We need a massive education campaign in the community so that people can become aware of what is going on and help to carry on this activism," she said. "We ask the government to enact and implement laws that will help curb gender based violence such as the Children's Status Bill and the Child Care and Protection Bill, which will serve to promote the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Child."

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Story and photos by Chilombo Mwondela
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Title Annotation:GENDER VIOLENCE
Author:Mwondela, Chilombo
Publication:Sister Namibia
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:6NAMI
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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