NAMIBIAN WOMEN MUST BE SUPPORTED TO PROGRESS IN POLITICS, SAYS GENDER MINISTER

There is a great need to ensure that support structures are provided for Namibian women in politics and decision-making positions to enable them to excel in their performance thus facilitating their contribution to their country's development agenda, says .

Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Doreen Sioka.

"We need to double our efforts in order to fast-track our actions and mobilise women," she said in a statement read on her behalf at the Gender Links 2016 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol at Work Summit and Awards here Wednesday.

She added that women should be able to participate in decision-making, deliberate and design poverty-alleviation programmes and to influence decisions to make a difference in the lives of other women.

Sioka noted that although Namibia had had some achievements with regards to gender equality in the National Assembly, the country should aim for equal representation before the year 2030.

The minister further called on all Namibians to put all resources and mechanisms at their disposal to use for the smooth implementation of the reviewed SADC Protocol on Gender and the Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The protocol aims to bring together African and global goals on gender equality.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK