Namibia: NYC Works to End Gender-Based Violence

From fighting to end slut-shaming to combating gender-based violence, young people are leading the way and working to drive real, lasting change in communities across the country.

Young people from across the country will come together to celebrate the 14th National Youth Week, which started last week in Windhoek.

The event, organised by the National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC), will be hosted under the theme “Youth Ignites Zero Tolerance Against GBV”.

Speaking at the launch, the chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC) Sharonice Busch stressed that the reality of sexual and gender-based violence in Namibia is undeniable.

“The rates at which rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence occur in Namibia is extremely concerning, and concentrated and coordinated efforts are required to respond to, prevent and ultimately eliminate this form of violence that has become a serious blemish to our national conscience,” she stated.

The NYC’s general assembly, which was held last year, had as theme “Youth Voices Against Gender-Based Violence”.

Unfortunately, the theme was overshadowed by the politics that was at play during the assembly, and it was barely paid any attention to.

“The revolution for women in Namibia was championed by young people; brave young people who relentlessly took to the streets of the country to demand a much-needed change that would translate into a safer Namibia for women and children,” she said, adding that the youth have an extremely important role to play in combating sexual and gender-based violence.