Nghidinwa thanks Gender Links for training women on politics

WINDHOEK: Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa applauded the Gender Links Namibia for training over 100 women in the country in political issues.

In her speech read by the Director of Gender Equality and Research in the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Victor Shipoh, Nghidinwa said rural women in Otjiwarongo, Mariental, Windhoek, Ongwediva and Oshakati have benefited from the Women Politics project.

Nghidinwa said this during the opening of the two-day Gender Links’ Partner Strategic conference on Monday, which aimed to discuss the effectiveness of the programme and strategies on the way forward in promoting gender equality in the country.

The minister said local authorities also need this project for achieving the 28 targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Gender Protocol in the count down to 2015.

“I am reliably told that programmes introduced by Gender Links Namibia have generated a critical mass of women and men who are pushing the gender equality agenda in the form of gender champions and gender focal personal,” she said.

Nghidinwa said the ruling party, Swapo, has just implemented the 50/50 voluntary quotas at its recent Electoral College, whereby the party has seen ‘Zebra style quotas implementation.

“I can assure you that come results of 2014 November national and Presidential elections, women will excel,” she said.

The 2014 general elections will most likely be held on 28 November, as the date for the Presidential and National Assembly elections is yet to be formally gazetted by the Office of the President.

The conference ends on Tuesday.

(edited)WINDHOEK; Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa applauded Gender Links (GL) Namibia for training over 100 women on political issues.

Rural women from Otjiwarongo, Mariental, Windhoek, Ongwediva and Oshakati benefited from the training.

“I am reliably told that programmes introduced by Gender Links Namibia have generated a critical mass of women and men who are pushing the gender equality agenda in the form of gender champions and gender focal personnel,” she said on Monday in a speech read on her behalf by Victor Shipoh, the director of Gender Equality and Research in her ministry.

The occasion was the opening of a two-day Gender Links’ Partner Strategic Conference, which is aimed at discussing the effectiveness of the programme and strategies on the way forward for its continuation.

The conference is attended by town mayors and junior mayors, as well as representatives of United Nations agencies here, Government Ministries, civil society and the media.

The minister said local authorities also need this project to achieve the 28 targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development in their countdown to the year 2015 – the target date for the Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality.

Nghidinwa said the ruling party, Swapo, has just implemented the 50/50 voluntary quotas at its recent Electoral College.

“I can assure you that come the results of the 2014 November National Assembly and Presidential elections, women will excel,” she said.

The 2014 general elections will most likely be held on 28 November.

However, the exact date for those elections is yet to be formally gazetted by the Office of the President.

GL is a non-Governmental organisation committed to a region in which women and men are able to participate equally in all aspects of public and private life in accordance with the provisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.

Meanwhile, GL Namibia is at the end of its current funding from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Spanish Fund.

In three years the programme was implemented in 36 town councils, with substantial progress and achievements in gender mainstreaming through the Local Government programme of the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development.

SOURCE: NAMPA