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Khomas Records 370 Pregnant Pupils in 2020

Khomas Records 370 Pregnant Pupils in 2020

MORE than 370 schoolgoing girls fell pregnant in the Khomas region during the 2020 academic year. Of that number, 24 girls were in primary school, while 321 were in secondary school, and 26 were from resource schools. These figures were revealed by Khomas regional governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua during her state of the region address on […]

Caretaker Discovers Woman’s Body in Churchyard

Caretaker Discovers Woman’s Body in Churchyard

A CHURCH caretaker in Windhoek’s Katutura area made a horrific discovery when he started his cleaning routine in preparation for yesterday morning’s service. The caretaker, who requested anonymity as he is traumatised by the incident, said he was cleaning inside the African Methodist Episcopal Church as usual when he stepped outside, only to discover a […]

Psemas – 84 Doctors Linked to Fraud

Psemas – 84 Doctors Linked to Fraud

THE Ministry of Finance has identified a list of 84 doctors who are accused of stealing millions of dollars through the government’s medical aid scheme. The ministry has also instituted civil action against some providers and is contemplating slapping the alleged culprits with criminal charges. At least N$13 million has been paid back to the […]

Women Urged Not To Withdraw GBV Cases

Women Urged Not To Withdraw GBV Cases

Amadhila has urged women not to withdraw cases of gender-based violence they report to the police against their loved ones. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said this when she was speaking at a Swapo rally at Outapi in the Omusati region on Saturday. “Where we observe gender-based violence happening, we should report it to the police,” she said. She […]

Dancers And Actors Stand Together Against Gender Violence

Dancers And Actors Stand Together Against Gender Violence

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) with the support from the German Embassy to Namibia will launch their new clip ‘the Moirai’ on all their social media platforms on 28 October aiming to create social awareness using the arts. Dr Talavera, who directed and choreographed the piece said ‘the Moirai’ is a piece they created years […]

Girls Forced To Skip School Over ‘Menstruation Poverty’

Girls Forced To Skip School Over ‘Menstruation Poverty’

Whenever it’s that time of the month, 17-year-old Anna* has to choose between being uncomfortable at school and skipping classes altogether. The teenager, who lives in Windhoek’s Havana settlement, eventually chooses to stay at home during her period as she says this is far better than facing the humiliation of being among her schoolmates “without […]

Women Reduced To Tears At SGBV Protest

Women Reduced To Tears At SGBV Protest

EMOTIONS ran high as hundreds of Keetmanshoop residents took part in a youth-led protest against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) at the town on Friday. The protest formed part of the countrywide #ShutItAllDown movement. Some protesters broke out in tears when a moment of silence was observed to remember victims of femicide after the group […]

Govt Intensifies War On Sexual Violence In Namibia

Govt Intensifies War On Sexual Violence In Namibia

The protest of young people under the banner #ShutItAllDown against sexual and gender-based violence has yielded some results as the government looks into filling nearly 160 vacancies within the police’s gender-based violence protection unit as a matter of urgency. Speaking in parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the police would identify candidates and train […]

Namibia Weighs Demands For Rape Crackdown After Street Protests

Namibia Weighs Demands For Rape Crackdown After Street Protests

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 […]

Young Mothers Launch Mask Business

Young Mothers Launch Mask Business

SEVEN young mothers have launched a mask-manufacturing business through the United States government-funded DREAMS project in Windhoek last week. One of these young mothers, entrepreneur Dorin Gases (18) says: “This has been a life-changing experience. We can become a little bit more independent to look after our kids.” The six remaining business partners are Imerencia […]

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