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UNESCO will launch a Safer Campuses campaign aimed at creating awareness about gender-based violence (GBV) at universities. 

The campaign will use various elements and channels to encourage students to break the silence and take action against GBV. 

This will be done through pledges, activations, dialogues, debates, and the sharing of survivor stories. 

Various activities will take place at higher and tertiary education institutions across the region, and those who want to access open-source material, from T-shirts to posters to billboard ads, can do so on the website of the campaign.

Namibia will benefit from the campaign that was expanded to four more countries in the eastern and southern African regions.

UNESCO's Regional Office for Southern Africa, Dr. Remmy Shawa, says gender-based violence causes short- and long-term harm to individuals, institutions, and society. 

Therefore, there is a need to work towards freeing all students from GBV on campus through the Safer Campuses Campaign.

The campaign will be officially launched on March 26 in a high-profile online event.

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