Members of the Namibia Paralegal Association have recently been conducting anti-gender-based Violence workshops around Namibia for the office of the Ombudsman.
Gender-based violence is considered to be a major issue in Namibian communities and the office of the Ombudsman felt that this needed to be tackled. The workshops are on the combating of domestic violence act, specifically on the different types of gender based violence, how to apply for protection orders and duties of the police. The workshops targeted constituencies with no resident magistrates. These work shops are very important, as, in many communities gender-based violence is regarded as normal - this is due to various cultural norms and traditions. The NPA is proud that its members have been asked to conduct this training in the Hardap, Oshana, Omaheke, Oshikoto, Omusati, Ohangwena, Kavango, Caprivi, Kunene and Karas regions.