Perceptions of men experiencing gender-based violence in Oshana Region, Namibia
Keywords:perception, men, gender based violence, partners
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a major public health and human rights problem globally. Therefore, this study aimed at exploring the perceptions of men who experienced GBV in the Oshana Region in Namibia. The study adopted a qualitative research approach involving descriptive and exploratory design to collect data from 15 participants who were selected through the convenience sampling method. The sample size was determined by data saturation. Ethical clearance was obtained from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and the University of Namibia Research Ethics Committee. Written consent was obtained from the participants. Data were collected with the aid of an interview guide. The findings revealed that men who experienced gender-based violence were aged 30 to 70 years. Furthermore, most participants were either married and unemployed or with a low-income level. The study’s findings showed that participants perceive that GBV among men is influenced by stigma, embarrassment, patriarchal domination and cultural beliefs. Furthermore, this study found that the causes for GBV directed at men include alcohol abuse, unemployment and income disparity and is exacerbated by lack of awareness of men’s rights. The study concluded that GBV is a social problem in Oshana Region. Consequently, there is a need for advocacy and sensitization campaigns to reduce GBV directed at men.
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