Gender violence

Namibia is introducing new laws to deal with the influx of gender-based violence (GBV), the country’s Ministry of Justice said on Friday.

The new laws would allow for stringent prison sentences, the ministry said, adding that the increasing number of GBV cases is due to unemployment and alcohol abuse, among other factors.

More than 7,000 GBV cases were recorded in 2019, according to the Namibian Police.

However, about 2,600 of the cases opened were withdrawn, the police said, noting that most of the victims who withdrew the cases were women. Enditem



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