The rising cases of gender-based violence in Namibia have become a source of concern and attracting widespread condemnation.

The speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, who led members of the parliament on a three-day visit to Finland appealed to the top Finnish political leaders to help curb the trend in Namibia.

Hon. Katjavivi met with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, and his counterpart, the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, Maria Lohela, in Helsinki to seek joint effort between the two countries’ law-making bodies to address the gender-related challenges in Namibia.

“We are dealing with a particular challenge of gender-based violence in Namibia. It has become a major problem. No day passes by without hearing men killing their own partners. Finland that has done exceptionally well in tackling this challenge can strengthen our ability to fight it,” stated Katjavivi.

Katjavivi urged the Finnish MPs to support their Namibian counterparts by devising mechanisms to the problem this is said pointing at Finland’s track record in dealing the issue of gender-based violence.