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Namibia Announces Special Court in Response to #ShutItDown Protests

Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced the establishment of a special court to deal with sexual and gender-based violence but protestors are skeptical and continue to call for further action.

According to eNCA, Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced that the government will establish a special court for dealing with sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases. This follows the massive #ShutItDown protests that have been ongoing for two weeks now in the country. The protests were sparked by the reported news of a 22-year-old Namibian woman, Shannon Wasserfall, who was allegedly murdered at the hands of her boyfriend. Daisry Mathias, a presidential youth advisor, and representatives of the #ShutItDown protests were all part of the recent meeting with President Hage Geingob and Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. All parties briefed media after the controversial closed-door meeting. However, protestors have responded with skepticism and called the meeting non-transparent.

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#ShutItDown: Ongoing Namibian Protests Call for End to Gender-Based Violence

#ShutItDown protests in Namibia have called for the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka, to step down following the murder of 22-year-old Shannon Wasserfall.

According to EWN, Namibian youth have been charging the country with protests dubbed #ShutItDown since last week Friday. This follows the discovery of a missing woman's body not far from her house in Walvis Bay this past Tuesday. In April of this year, 22-year-old Shannon Wasserfall went missing. More recently, a body with her personal clothing was found. University students and high school girls have been demonstrating outside government buildings for the Namibian government to take action. Calls for the resignation of Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka, have been mounting. The peaceful #ShutItDown protests have, however, been violently dispersed with teargas and the reported manhandling of protestors.

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