Gender ministry receives laptops from United Nations Population Fund to manage gender violence database
By Clifton Movirongo.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reinforced its allegiance to combat gender violence by donating three laptop computers, to the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to strengthen the gender violence database.
In addition to data management and prevention, the laptops will also be used for the critical work of the social work team at the Khomas Gender Violence Protection Unit.
The three devices which are valued at over N$78,000 were officially handed over this week by the UNFPA Representative to Namibia, Sheila Rosseau, who also paid a courtesy visit to the minister, Hon Doreen Sioka. The two discussed and explored common areas of work and potential ways to continue strengthening the partnership.
Rosseau emphasised that alongside systematic and survivor-centred case management, proper information and records management is essential for “improving institutional response capacity to Gender Violence.”
“A secure and accurate data system is important to properly document, respond and manage reported cases of Gender Violence,” she added.
Gender minister Sioka thanked the UN for the donation, saying “The UN agencies, including UNFPA, have been with us, supporting us from the beginning until today and we are very grateful.”
With the support of UNFPA, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Office of the Prime Minister, the Namibian Police developed a national Gender Violence Administration Database to improve case management, reporting and coordination between service providers.
The UNFPA Country Office supports the ministry in areas of gender violence, harmful practices, sexual and reproductive health, implementation and reporting of human rights instruments and gender responsive budgeting.