WAD to celebrate 20th anniversary this month

WINDHOEK: The Women’s Action for Development (WAD) organisation will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month.

They are planning to hold a gala dinner in the capital on 18 July, with President Hifikepunye Pohamba expected to be the keynote speaker.

A media statement issued by WAD Executive Director Veronica de Klerk on Wednesday said the gala dinner will be attended by approximately 400 people, which will include Cabinet Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, governors, church leaders, representatives of educational authorities and the business sector as well as WAD’s rural trainers.

During the gala dinner, Pohamba will officially launch a documentary reflecting on the main developmental programmes of the organisation over the past 20 years, which WAD hopes to make available to other countries.

It reflects on the organisation’s projects, graduation ceremonies and groundbreaking events, amongst others.

The Head of State will also launch a publication which contains selected speeches delivered by the WAD Executive Director over the past 20 years to inspire and motivate community development students and social workers, as well as women hoping to access the political and private sectors.

According to De Klerk, WAD has played a prominent role in empowering rural women and men, enabling them to care for their families or master a skill which assisted them to qualify for employment in the labour market, or to start their own income-generating ventures.

Thousands of poor and unemployed Namibians received skills’ training over the past 20 years and through this, the organisation answered government’s call to assist with poverty alleviation.

De Klerk added that the organisation has rolled-out 65 workshops countrywide, where women were being trained to run for political office, as well as hundreds of countrywide workshops where communities and community leaders were trained on the content of gender-related laws.

These laws included the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, the Combating of Rape Act, the Child Maintenance Act, the Married Persons’ Equality Act and aspects of the Namibian constitution.