Namibia Commemorates World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Windhoek - Namibia joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (WDATiP) on 28 July. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) organized a press conference in close coordination with IOM, the UN Migration Agency. Statements were delivered by Ms. Lilian Ambuso, IOM Head of Office in Namibia, H.E. Thomas F. Daughton, United States Ambassador to Namibia, Innocentia Nyoni, Deputy Prosecutor General Advocate on behalf of Prosecutor General Adv. Martha Imalwa and Anne-Marie Nainda, General Major & Deputy Inspector General for Administration on behalf of Lt. Gen. Inspector – General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
The event was attended by 50 officials from different media outlets, representatives from all the line ministries involved in combatting trafficking in persons (TiP), relevant non-governmental organizations, the UN and students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology and University of Namibia.
Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, stressed the need for collective efforts from all sectors in order to combat trafficking in persons in Namibia. “This is a crime that can only be combatted through national, regional and global efforts”, said Nandi-Ndaitwa who is the chair of the National Committee on Combating TiP in Namibia. Furthermore, she said that the MGECW in collaboration with other stakeholders developed a National Referral Mechanism and Standard Operating Procedures for the identification, referral and protection of victims of trafficking, which is in its final stage.
According to Ambassador Daughton, events like this one are essential in raising awareness to the community at large. He applauded the Namibian Government for efforts made to contribute towards global action in addressing TiP. This event was a very important step in Namibia’s efforts to strengthen the general public’s understanding of TiP and sensitize its people about the fact that it is a worldwide phenomenon that also affects Namibia.
The press conference was preceded by a media training for journalists on the phenomenon of TiP and the role the media play in reporting about it. The training was jointly organized by MGECW and IOM and was attended by 15 journalists and media and communication students. The media training took place on 26 July in Windhoek and prepared the journalists for the press conference.
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