For researchers

Several organisations work with gender-based violence and conduct research on the issue. Here we have compiled a list of such organisations and linked to their research specifically dealing with GBV in Namibia. Moreover, we have included official Government documents and scholarly articles we find relevant for those interested in researching GBV in Namibia.

On rape:

Why Complainants Withdraw

On domestic violence:

Domestic Violence in Namibia


Addressing  gender-Based Violence  through community empowermentBeliefs and Attitudes toward Gender, Sexuality and Traditions amongst Namibian Youth



On GBV in Namibia:

Gender-Based Violence in Namibia

Women’s Leadership Centre

On violence against women in the Caprivi Region:

violance is not our culture

Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare

National Plan of Action on GBVNational gender action plan

World Health Organization

Multicountry Study (2005)

WHO Multicountry Study

Academic Journals


On GBV in Namibia:

  • “‘If they rape me, I can’t blame them’: Reflections on gender in the social context of child rape in South Africa and Namibia”
    Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 61 2005.
    Jewkes et al (2005)
  • “The Male Involvement Programme and Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Northern Namibia”
    Current Sociology, Vol. 57, No. 2, March 2009.
    Mufune (2009)
  • “Global rights, local realities: Negotiating gender equality and sexual rights in the Caprivi Region, Namibia”
    Culture, Health & Sexuality, Vol. 9, No. 6 November–December 2007.
    Thomas (2007)

On GBV in Africa:

  • “How do national strategic plans for HIV and AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa address gender-based violence? A women’s rights perspective”
    Health and Human Rights, Vol. 14, No. 2 December 2012.
    Gibbs et al (2012)
  • “Gender-based violence and property grabbing in Africa: a denial of women’s liberty and security”
    Gender & Development Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2007.
    Izumi (2007)
  • “Combating intimate partner violence in Africa: Opportunities and challenges in five African countries”
    Aggression and Violent Behavior, Vol. 18 2013.
    Olayanju et al (2013)
  • “Invited Commentary: Disclosure of Gender-Based Violence in Developing Countries”
    American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 179, No. 5.
    Beydoun and Beydoun (2014)
  • “Sexual violence against women: The scope of the problem”
    Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vol. 27.
    Dartnall and Jewkes (2013)
  • “Economic Violence to Women and Girls: Is It Receiving the Necessary Attention?”
    Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, Vol. 9, No. 3, July 2007.
    Fawole (2008)
  • “Rape of prostitutes: a tool of male power and control?”
    Agenda 74 2007.
    Kiremire (2007)
  • “Gender violence in schools: taking the ‘girls-as-victims’ discourse forward”
    Gender & Development, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2007.
    Leach and Humphreys (2007)
  • “Sexual Violence and the MDGs”
    International Journal of Sexual Health, Vol. 20 (1–2), 2008.
    Vanwesenbeeck (2008)

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