Don't be a victim

04 February 2019 | Events

Yolanda Nel



With statistics indicating that nearly one in four women are victims of gender-based violence (GBV), the issue cannot be ignored.

Due to GBV being one of the biggest crimes that keeps on increasing, the Namibian Women's Society and the Truekrav fitness facility decided to host an event on the issue.

“The idea is to inform women about what is going on in and around Windhoek, how bad the situation really is and what can be done about it,” says Francois Dames, instructor at Truekrav, where self-defence is taught.



Talks

The event takes place at the Pionierspark Dutch Reformed church on 14 February from 19:30 to 20:30.

According to Francois, women don't have to live in fear and keep quiet about abuse. “They can stand up for themselves no matter how big or strong or intimidating their aggressor is.

“I would like to empower the women of this city and country to stand together against this situation,” he says.

Francois has experience working with victims of GBV, “and after our sessions, they always walk away empowered. They know that they do not need to be a victim.”

This event is open to women of all ages and it is free to attend.

Another workshop is planned for later in February, when an anti-rape workshop is presented. “This workshop entails 3 hours of training that teaches women how to defend themselves. For this, women will need to sign up and book their spot to ensure that they can attend. The workshop is open to girls older than 14 years and it costs N$350 per person,” he said.

Following the workshop, a special GBV talk will be hosted specifically for men a few weeks later.

For more information or to make a booking, contact Francois on [email protected]

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