MGECWMinistry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (Namibia)
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Please contact the MGECW office nearest to you for assistance regarding these grants.
Five of the six renovated facilities are under the management of MGECW; in addition, MGECW provided a social worker and partial coverage of operational costs to an NGO managing one facility.
In November 2012, the government concluded its three-year "Zero Tolerance Against Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking in Persons" media campaign that included TV and radio broadcasts on human trafficking and the placement of billboards; the campaign was jointly funded by the MGECW and donors.
In addition, the police and MGECW partnered with several NGOs on an anti-trafficking and prostitution demand reduction campaign.
In solidarity with the MGECW, Sister Namibia holds that the MGECW has one of the strongest cases to make for an increased budget.
While the Ministry of Defence has been preparing for national defence against pseudo enemies, MGECW is left relatively powerless to roll out more prevention projects and operate the non-budgeted-for safe houses across the country, when a minimum of 45 cases of GBV are announced daily (Namibian Police reports for the period 2013-2015).
The MGECW led a multi-stakeholder working group and began drafting a national action plan on gender-based violence and trafficking.
These include the identification of the MGECW as the lead agency responsible for coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Gender Policy: the establishment of a National Permanent Gender Task Force at regional and national level to oversee implementation.
The MGECW provided social workers to work in partnership with the police, who counsel or otherwise assist victims of violent crimes, including human trafficking.
Fewer WACPU and MGECW officials received training to identify victims of trafficking in the reporting period than in previous years.
The MGECW will assign a social worker to investigate and/or monitor the case.
In 2008, the MGECW designed, printed, and distributed 13,000 brochures explaining human trafficking to local populations in the country's 13 regions through its gender liaison officers, community liaison officers, social workers, and officials from each Regional Council.