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The Community of Otjivero: Testing out Namibia's First Social Assistance Grant
Since the beginning of 2008, each registered member in Otjivero received N$100 per month through the first social assistance grant in Namibia. A pilot project, the Basic Income Grant (BIG) was created to improve people’s life by reducing poverty and inequality.

Dorina: Searching for Safety as a Sex Worker
The current Combating of Immoral Practice Act has not prevented sex work from taking place. Instead it has marginalized sex workers, putting them at risk of beating, rape, harassment, and HIV.

Hofni: Seeking Justice After Shooting
Launching a suit against the Windhoek City Police, the Legal Assistance Centre is arguing that the police do not have the right to fire at someone unarmed.

Kaalina: Fighting to Return Home
At a time when HIV and AIDS continues to be whispered about in Namibian corners, where identifying yourself as HIV positive is still a social taboo, Kaalina is breaking ground.

Naomi: Standing Up Against Property Grabbing
Namibian women face many obstacles when it comes to inheritance of property from their deceased spouses. While the country has celebrated its 18th year of independence, some people are living in the shadows of the colonial era, which limits their ability to strive for gender equality within both their personal and social parts of life.

Petrus: Fighting Forced Eviction
The people living in Havana Ext. 6 have increasingly become the target of the City of Windhoek and the City Police. At that time, the City launched a concerted effort to remove squatters from once empty plots around Windhoek, including Havana, Otjomuise Sweend, Agste and 7 de Laan among others.

The San in Tsumkwe: Human Rights in the Air
At 8:30 a.m., the voice of human rights broadcasts into the homes of Tsumkwe and its surrounding villages. In studio is Beesa Boo, an LAC-contracted Ju/’hoansi interpreter, who regularly provides much-needed information on Namibian laws, the Constitution and human rights.

Saviour: Fighting Against Torture
Over 300 people were detained on suspicion of participating in the attack, sympathizing with the Caprivi secessionists or assisting them to plan or launch the attacks. During that time, most of the detainees stated that they were tortured at the time of their arrest and during interrogation.


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