Violence Against Children
Establishing integrated child protection services
Namibia has high HIV prevalence and around 30% of the new infections are among young people, mainly young women. Social and gender inequalities contribute to the devastating impact of HIV in the country and increase the vulnerability of children. Many children are reported to be exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation. One in five reported cases of domestic violence involves minors and the percentage of young children who are rape victims is much higher.
One of the many grave impacts of the
HIV/AIDS epidemic is the weakening of the quality of public service delivery
and the capacity of families and communities to care for children. Protection
systems in the country are fragmented and there is difficulty in accessing
quality services in an integrated manner.
UNICEF in Action
Namibia is grappling with endemic levels of violence against children and women. Every day women, girls and boys are beaten, assaulted or raped, often by people they know. Violence not only scars the survivor for life, it also hinders economic development through injury, long-term debilitating physical conditions, health care costs, early pregnancy and poor educational performance. Children who were abused are more likely to become violent adults, transmitting violence from one generation to the other.
All children and women have the right to be free from violence. In Namibia, UNICEF is working with partners to ensure that more vulnerable children and women benefit from integrated child protection and justice services by 2018. This also means increasing public awareness of violence and the devastating toll it takes on individual sand families.