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The Men Against Violence Against Women Movement in Namibia

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Willem Odendaal illustrates the experience of The Men Against Violence Against Women Campaign in Namibia, initiated by concerned Namibian men to combat violence against women (VAW). The National Conference on Men Against Violence Against Women in Namibia, held in February 2000, brought men from all walks of life in Namibia together to develop strategies of how men in Namibia can sensitize fellow men to the problem of VAW. The Namibian Men for Change (NAMEC) was brought into life after the National Conference. NAMEC functions as an awareness-raising group among young adult men on issues such as masculinity, relationships, parenthood, sexual abuse and the creation of a non-violent culture in Namibia. Despite its lack of financial resources, NAMEC has already achieved a significant degree of awareness-raising during its brief period of existence. The organization is currently active in most of Namibia's regions, where its members visit schools and organize a range of forums for discussions amongst men.Development (2001) 44, 90–93. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1110270

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1Legal Assistance Centre, Nambia

Publication date: September 1, 2001


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