Women Will Work Hard Once in Leadership – Iipinge

THE deputy secretary of the Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC), Eunice Iipinge, believes that women will work hard to fight poverty and ignorance once they take up leadership positions.

Iipinge said this while addressing the Oshana elective regional conference of the SPWC at Oshakati last week. “We will go into leadership to work hard for the development of this country and not to be assistants to men,” she said, adding that the 5050 gender representation being implemented by Swapo is genuine and it is up to the women to utilise the opportunity.

Iipinge believes the country cannot develop if one group, in this case women, is excluded from leadership positions and continues to be viewed as “second class” citizens.

She said the participation of women in the country’s leadership is not only for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of the whole nation.

“Women in Namibia should not let the opportunity for them to take up leadership positions slip out of their hands now that our ruling Swapo has made the 5050 gender representation in all structures a constitutional provision,” she said.

According to Iipinge, the SPWC is compiling data and has already directed regional structures countrywide to identify and submit names of women who are competent and ready to take up national leadership.

This is to be finalised before the Presidential and National Assembly elections take place later this year, she said. Meanwhile the governor of Oshana, Clemens Kashuupulwa, has urged all Swapo members to patiently wait for the party’s national leadership to come up with the formula for the implementation of the 5050 gender representation.

Kashuupulwa said the provision for equal representation has caused confusion among members of the party, including regional councillors, who fear losing their positions once the provision is implemented.

“Although the 5050 gender representation is a Swapo constitutional provision, don’t expect it to be implemented overnight and before a policy for its implementation is in place,” he said.

The one-day conference elected Sylvia Shuumbwa as the new SPWC coordinator for the region.


Source : The Namibian