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Namibia weighs demands for rape crackdown after street...

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Namibia weighs demands for rape crackdown after street protests

Photo: South African prisoners queue up to register to vote at a jail in Bloemfontein March 9
By Reuters
13 Oct 2020 0

WINDHOEK, Oct 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Street protests that led to the arrest of 25 women's rights activists in Namibia at the weekend have prompted the government to launch an urgent review to consider their demands for tougher penalties for rape and sexual abuse.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Windhoek, the city of Walvis Bay and a town north of the capital, Otjiwarongo, after police said they believed they had found the remains of a 20-year-old woman who went missing earlier this year.

Police detained 25 demonstrators, including two journalists, on Saturday for violating the country’s coronavirus lockdown curbs, but the charges were dropped on Monday.

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Namibia’s first woman premier, said the government was giving immediate attention to the protesters’ demands.

“We have been working around the clock to review the demands and assess the key areas that we intend to respond to, including enhancing the policy, legal and institutional safeguards,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said in a media statement.

Women’s rights campaigners in the southern African nation hailed the weekend protest, with many taking to social media to express solidarity with the men and women who were detained.

“This (protest) is long overdue. Women will no longer be silenced and I am happy young women are at the forefront,” veteran women’s rights activist Rosa Namises told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.

Video footage showing the protesters being pushed into police vans received online support under the hashtag #ShutItAllDownNamibia, referring to a call by the protesters for a state of emergency to tackle violence against women.

“I stand in feminist solidarity with Namibians taking to the streets… our struggles have always been connected, I share your rage,” one of South Africa’s leading academics on rape, Pumla Dineo Gqola, said in a video statement on Twitter.

Namibian police said the force had taken a tolerant line towards the protesters, despite their action being unlawful.

“We urge the public to desist from conducting unlawful acts, such as the current protests… They should always follow the lawful procedures in expressing their grievances,” a police statement said.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 1 in 4 Namibian women are survivors of intimate partner violence.

Police inspector Hendrik Marthinus Olivier of the Gender Based Violence Protection Unit in Windhoek told the Thomson Reuters Foundation earlier this year that they receive 300 to 400 domestic violence cases per month. (Written by Kim Harrisberg @KimHarrisberg; Editing by Helen Popper; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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