Shilongo’s GBV campaign back on the road

• Engagements planned until September
Launched in 2020, the campaign provides life-saving assistance to Namibian adolescents, women and men in regions affected by inequalities and worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Renowned Namibian media personality Pombili Shilongo’s gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response campaign will return in full swing with regional interventions and community engagements planned for July through to September.

Launched in 2020 to provide life-saving assistance to Namibian adolescents, women and men in regions affected by inequalities and worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, the project aims to create awareness on GBV and related social ills for prevention and for the uptake of available response services.

The campaign is carried out in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA), with the financial support of the Japanese government.

With the 2022 theme ‘Leaving No One Behind’, the project aims to “ensure continuity of interventions and safeguarding of vulnerable women and girls’ rights, particularly people with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women, in- and out-of-school youth and other vulnerable groups who are more susceptible to sexual and gender-based violence [SGBV], and lack access to basic needs and essential health services in the context of Covid-19”, a statement read.

SGBV continues to be a persistent challenge in Namibia, with incidents of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and femicide against women and girls on the rise.

The pandemic has provided another layer in the fight against SGBV, as the 2020 United Nations policy brief on the impact of Covid-19 on women, children and other minorities revealed.

For this reason, Shilongo continues to use her platform as a public personality to create awareness on SGBV, lending her voice to a campaign that is changing lives across Namibia.

Affects us all

“SGBV affects all of us just the same as the Covid-19 pandemic does. It is a fight that we all have to take on together to eradicate for good. I will continue to use my social status and influence for this specific cause and remain a voice for the voiceless,” Shilongo said.

This time around, the campaign will target 12 schools in the Khomas, Kunene, Ohangwena and Omusati regions, with a primary focus on adolescent girls and women, including those with disabilities. Shilongo and the regional team will also educate pregnant women housed in maternity waiting homes as part of the community outreach in each region.

This component will be implemented with the following partners: The ministries of gender, health, education and sport, the Namibian police force, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Regain Trust, Lifeline/Childline, One Economy Foundation, NAPPA and the Society for Family Health.

For information, contact Shilongo via email at [email protected]. Alternatively, contact her via social media @pombilishilongo. You can also follow UNFPA Namibia for updates.


Namibian Sun 2023-05-29

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