Govt Praised for 5050 Gender Representation

WORLD Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan has commended Namibian’s political parties for adopting the zebra-style representation.

Speaking at the opening of the 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostrate Cancer in Africa (SCCA) conference in Windhoek on Sunday, Chan said women are influential members of society, and the move to implement equal representation is a significant milestone.

The conference that ends today is running under the theme: “Moving Forward to end Cervical Cancer by 2030” and is being attended by more than 30 First Ladies from Africa. “This SCCA has women of high calibre involved and it raises the profile of the project even further as women are influential people,” she said, adding that she was impressed with the country’s initiative to make maternal and children’s health a priority. Chan recommended that the Ministry of Health and Social Services should implement new strategies on preventing cervical cancer and treating it. “Africa’s capacity to detect and treat cancer has always been weak because it remains focused on contagious diseases,” she said. Princess Nikky Onyeri, co-founder and director general of the Forum of African First Ladies and Spouses Against Cervical, Breast and Prostrate Cancer, also supported the zebra-style initiative, saying women have aanced and need to be in leadership positions.” Women need to have positions and equal representation. Men have ruled for a long time now, so the Namibian government should go for it and implement the 5050 representation,” she said.

Onyeri, who revealed that she was misdiagnosed with cervical cancer in 1993, pointed out that this time around they will not only focus on cancer but expand their scope to other diseases such as HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba who also spoke at the opening of the conference assured the delegates that Namibia will continue addressing the threats of diseases like cancer. He also encouraged men to be aware of early signs of prostrate cancer, and to go for regular check-ups.

“Namibia will continue to implement measures and policies aimed at caring for those affected hence the expansion of the Nuclear Medicine Units at the two main hospitals in Windhoek and Oshakati,” said Pohamba.

Source : The Namibian