Source: New Era
Next Saturday at least 1000 men will join hands in a planned march in support of men for healthy relationships and against an upsurge in gender-based violence (GBV).

The aim is to make Mother's Day special and to pay homage to all victims and survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Initiator of the march, Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi says only a small fraction of the male population, about 2 percent, commit horrendous acts against women and children. As a result, they get 'attention' through their evil deeds. "The majority love their women," albeit imperfect imperfectly," he said.

The march will serve as a clarion call for men to refrain from killing and rather resort to alternative measures other than violence when faced by conflict in their relationships, Karuaihe-Upi said.

Women and children will not be excluded from the march. The March will start at the U.N Plaza in Katutura and proceed to the Independence Arena, also in Katutura. Church leaders are expected to address the gathering and a petition will be delivered to the Ministry of Justice.

"Efforts from other regions are most welcome as they can organise themselves and deliver such petitions to any government representative in their respective areas. The idea is to reach a set of 1000 men signatories, if we can get more participation it will be an added bonus and advantage," Laurentius Carpio Amakali, one of the organisers said.

A candle of hope will also be lit during the planned march. There will also be a prayer meeting, while men will apologise on behalf on those who commit gruesome acts against women and children.

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