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NamPol launches operation against GBV in Oshikoto

todayDecember 5, 2023 2

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The Namibian Police Force and the Men and Women Network against Crime in the Oshikoto Region have initiated a three-day operation to address gender-based violence (GBV).

The regional police deputy commissioner, Wynand Neels, stated during the launch in Omuthiya on Monday that the operation is scheduled to take place from 04 to 06 December 2023. It aligns with the 16 days of activism against GBV campaign which started on 25 November.

“The operation targets suspects and wanted individuals involved in GBV, including elderly abuse,” Neels said.

He added that the operation will focus on crimes including rape, murder, kidnapping, common assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, online child abuse and exploitation, trafficking in persons, and other related offences such as assault through threatening, domestic violence, child labour, child neglect and baby dumping.

“We want to combat and reduce GBV crimes in the region by enhancing cooperation between the police and stakeholders in the fight against GBV and other crimes. This involves developing risk profiles of targeted crime types, offences, and suspects,” said Neels.

He added that they want to build operational capacity and enhance the operational aptitude and morale of female officers in support of the theme for this year’s 16 days of activism.

“The theme for this year’s 16 days of activism against GBV is ‘Unite, invest to prevent violence against women and girls,” Neels stated.

He further noted that annually, Namibia joins the global community in commemorating the 16 days of activism against GBV, symbolising its commitment and willingness to combat gender-based violence.

“This is a human rights issue that requires government and non-government actors to work together in terms of developing legislation, policies, and programmes to address GBV,” Neels said.

He said with the campaign involving individuals and organisations worldwide calling for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls, the government and stakeholders engage in various activities to combat GBV.

The ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ is an annual international campaign that starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.


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