EU avails N.dollars 17.5 million to CSOs in women democracy

The Ambassador of the European Union (EU), Sinikka Antila handed over a cheque worth Euro 891,706 ( N. dollar 17,5 million) to the resident representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Windhoek.

In a press statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday, the cheque is to fund the strengthening roles of the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) and Women in Democracy Projects in line with the EU and Namibia’s commitment to improve the participation of CSOs in governance and development.

The 30-month project budget is jointly funded by the EU and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on a 50-50 basis, and will be implemented by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supported by its partners, Woman’s Action for Development (WAD).

The target regions are Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, and Omusati, where CSOs primarily focusing on gender, gender-based violence and women’s right.

The two issues the project will address are, to narrow the gap between the favourable gender policy and legal environment established by the government of the Republic of Namibia since Independence in 1990 and the lack of genuine societal change required implementing and benefiting from it.

Secondly CSO lack organisational, financial and technical capacity, hindering them in rendering support in enabling women to feel safe, heard and empowered.

Namibia’s attention to gender equitable policies, plans and laws show good intent, in-depth understanding of the benefits of women empowerment and greater gender equity lags far behind, especially at community level. Women in decision making roles at a national level cannot always be relied upon to promote gender equality.

The beneficiaries are at least 4000 constituents of participating CSO’s via the participating CSO’s, will know how to access protection, social grants, finance, justice and other means to empower and capacitate them, thus their views and experience will be reflected and addressed in advocacy, lobbying and communicate activities undertaken by CSOs.

Source: Namibia Press Agency