WINDHOEK: Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka has called on the public to adhere to the Namibian Constitution and respect and protect their fellow citizens’ right to life.
Sioka said this while presenting her ministerial statement on passion killing in the country in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
“Passion killing is becoming an issue of serious concern in Namibia as more women and girls continue to be brutally killed by their partners,” she noted.
Sioka stated that the Constitution upholds the rights of all citizens and actively promotes legal protection for the citizens through progressive laws and policies.
She then explained that Government, through her ministry, has an ongoing active campaign on zero tolerance for gender-based violence, which focuses on human trafficking, gender-based violence and passion killing.
The campaign was launched in the Ohangwena Region in 2009.
Sioka said the ministry also has other informative programmes, such as the programme that promotes legal literacy which informs different interested parties about the rights of women, men and children.
The programme targets all members of society, including the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), life skills’ teachers, and traditional and church leaders.
The minister appealed to the public not to tolerate passion killing but to regain the inherited culture of a society where lives are respected and protected by all.
She further urged all community members who are facing any kinds of challenges of a social or economic nature which could cause misunderstandings between people, to report it to the relevant authorities such as the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), the Women and Child Protection Unit, councillors, and civil society organisations.
“We call upon every citizen to remember that every problem in society has a solution, and that a solution can never be the termination of their own life or that of someone else,” Sioka said.