KEETMANSHOOP: About 40 babies are dumped and foetuses flushed down toilets every month in the capital, the Executive Director of Women’s Action for Development (WAD) Veronica De Klerk said on Friday.
“Hardly a day goes by without reports in the media of killings of women, or the discovery of a new-born infant, unscrupulously dumped by its mother,” said de Klerk during the graduation ceremony of WAD’s southern centre held in Keetmanshoop.
She stated that it is “undoubtedly the parental home which has failed society in the upbringing of their sons and daughters”.
De Klerk added that these crimes are being committed mostly by young people, and this is in contrast with the responsibility resting on their shoulders as the flag bearers of the future and leaders of tomorrow.
“WAD, therefore, urgently appeals to Government to take the lead to launch a national campaign against all forms of crime as well as violence against women in the country,” she appealed.
One suggestion is that at all entry points in Namibia, large bill boards should inform visitors, possible drug smugglers and other potential criminals that they are entering a zero-tolerance for crime zone.
De Klerk then stated that reports of gender-based violence and other forms of crime are not good for the country as it scares investors.
On a lighter note, the executive director stated that since the WAD centre opened its doors here in 2007 a total of 1 000 unemployed young people were trained.
An estimated 70 per cent of them have already found jobs in the labour market or started their own income-generating ventures.
On Friday this week, 145 young people from the centre graduated with certificates in courses such as office administration and gender-related laws, after two months of training.