- 1 in 4 Namibian women are survivors of intimate partner violence.
- The GBV police unit in Windhoek receives more than 200 reports of cases under the Domestic Violence Act per month.
- The NGO Lifeline / Childline recorded 50,143 calls on the national toll free line in 2018 alone. That is nearly 140 calls per day.
- In the period of 2016 – 2019, there were 209 domestic-violence related murders and 3,936 rape cases.
- A total of 772 rape cases were reported between January and November 2019 alone. Additionally, a total of 37 women were killed from January until September 2019.
These are only the cases that are actually recorded. According to Lifeline / Childline, less than 15% of the calls that they receive are formally reported to the police.
In the current climate that we find ourselves in, GBV is sharply on the rise and the level of violence against women and children is increasing.
In order to empower our women, Manica offered Self Defense sessions to our ladies. The sessions were presented by Sensei Dorothy Bachmann (3rd Dan) from the Walvis Bay Kickboxing Club and Ray le Grange, a specialist in weaponry, grappling and self defense.
Our ladies were taught the basics on what to do if you are attacked or find yourself in an uncomfortable /unwanted situation. The sessions were fast paced, informative and practical. A big thank you to Sensei Dorothy and Ray for taking the time to empower our women!