Sep 28

This year’s Readathon focuses on GBV

Former Prime Minister Nahas Angula says that about 10 478 cases of gender-based violence were recorded between the years 2020 and 2022. Speaking at the official opening of the Readathon Week at Oniipa, held this year under the theme ‘Read Namibia: Take Action to Stop Gender-Based Violence’, Angula said GBV cases are reported almost every day, stressing that “one in three girls/women experience and are still exposed to GBV throughout their life cycles, whether at home, school, online, or in the communities they live in”.

Sticking with the Readathon. This year’s theme aims to educate learners on what actions to take in order to stop GBV in Namibia. It also aims to strengthen the culture of reading, increase the use of reading materials from various school libraries, and educate learners about ongoing climate change. Executive Director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, says it is much more than just that though.