Namibians find it difficult to celebrate Women’s Day

WINDHOEK: The Namibian nation finds it difficult to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) amidst increased incidents of violence, especially against women and girls, the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare has said.

Rosalia Nghidinwa said this in a statement issued on Friday in view of International Women’s Day, which was celebrated on Saturday.

“The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is once again urging all stakeholders to join hands with the government to fight violence against women and children in our society,” the minister appealed.

She indicated that a few weeks ago, during a special Cabinet meeting, President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced that Government has put immediate, medium and long-term measures in place to tackle gender-based violence (GBV). One of these measures is the National Prayer Day against GBV which took place last Thursday.

Nghidinwa, however, said Namibia has made great improvements on the status of women, as the government has enacted laws which pave the way for equal participation of men and women in position of leadership.

As a result, there are some women who are serving in executive offices both in public and private sectors, she said.

The minister added that equally, the girl-child has the right to education, and is welcomed into university to study degrees in science and technology, mathematics and science, and engineering which were mainly domains of the boy child.

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year throughout the world to reflect the past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

Through celebrating the day, the United Nations’ General Assembly recognises the role of women in peace efforts and development, and urged for an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women’s full and equal participation.

SOURCE: NAMPA