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Minister of Finance announces increase in social grants

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The Minister of Finance has announced an increase in social grants to cushion vulnerable members of society against the rising cost of food prices.

Iipumbu Shiimi made the much-welcomed announcement in Parliament on Tuesday as he delivered the mid-term budget for the years 2022 to 2023.

The Finance Minister said N$5.2 million has been added to the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare's budget to make the increases possible.

Backdated to October 2022, the food bank recipients' grants will be increased from N$500 to N$600 per month.

No excuse for sexual violence- SGBV workshop participants 

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Participants at a workshop on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) at Keetmanshoop said there is no excuse for sexual violence.

The workshop was conducted by the Karas Arts Dance Academy (KADA) youth group and supported by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.

Unequal power relationships generally result in psychological, physical, and sexual violence.

Those who do not have appropriate support structures may resort to suicide when the going gets tough.

Kavango East Region inundated with cases of child marriages & rape of children

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The Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare in the Kavango East Region is inundated with cases of child marriages and rape involving children as young as 13.

Senior Social Worker Aurelia Mukundu says child marriage is fueled by harmful cultural practices and poverty.

Mukundu was speaking at the celebration of the Day of the Namibian Child at Martin Ndumba Secondary School in the Mukwe Constituency.

She said many cases of child rape go unreported, making it difficult to curb the abuse of children.