First session of the fifth Rural Women Parliament with Men as Partners

The first session of the fifth Rural Women Parliament (RWP) with Men as Partners started in Windhoek on Wednesday.

The Rural Women Parliament is an initiative of the National Council Women Caucus which was largely inspired by the resolution of the 2011 UN Commission of the Status of Women's (CSW), which called for the involvement of grassroots women in social programmes with the aim of empowering them to become leaders in their communities.

On the opening day of the two-day event in the National Council chambers, Cornetha Adam was elected as chairperson, Isaac !Hoaeb as vice chairperson and Chaze Malagunga as the Chief Whip of the RWP.

In a speech read on her behalf, National Council Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams Mensah-Williams said the NC aims to empower rural women and men by introducing them to the law-making electoral process.

She said women have not always been given the opportunity to participate in politics and discuss matters of national concern.

Source: Namibia Press Agency