Stop Gender Based Violence
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Southern Africa (UNODC ROSAF) amongst others supports the work of Lifeline/Childline Namibia. Together they are working on an optimization of a 24-hour, toll-free hotline for victims of Gender Based Violence. The newly acquired equipment is expected to help improve and expand data collection processes, improve the availability of data on Gender Based Violence to inform effective programming, strengthen the referral mechanisms, track cases and identify gaps in quality service delivery.
A launch of the newly optimised database was held on the 2 August 2018. Several distinguished guests attended the launch, namely, UNODC ROSAF Representative, Zhuldyz Akisheva; Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka; Deputy Commissioner Situde of NAMPOL; UNICEF Country Representative, Rachel Odede, as well as several key members of Lifeline/Childline Namibia.
Helplines are a trusted place of support for millions of Gender Based Violence victims (GBV) across the world, as it can provide help and support services for survivors, fulfilling the fundamental right to be heard and treated with dignity. In Namibia, most cases of gender-based violence go unreported because of stigmatization, and the toll-free helpline is the person's first point of contact with GBV services and the most trusted and accessible gateway for them to find help. It is envisioned that the Namibian helpline, will act as a referral mechanism; guide victims through the system; detect and fill gaps in service delivery and support policy making with data on survivor needs.
It is further hoped that the national helpline will strengthen the professional network and collaboration among multisectoral partners, as they advance their cooperation, collaboration and referral pathways, and ultimately serve the best interests of all GBV survivors in Namibia. The attendance of significant representatives of other sectors committed to the support and vision of the helpline.
This is just one example of many activities of UNODC in Southern Africa. The Austrian Development Agency is funding these engagements with 1 Million Euro. Reducing Gender Based Violence, stopping crime and supporting good governance are common aimed goals.