Women should push agenda for safer roads: Martins-Hausiku

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund of Namibia, Rosalia Martins Hausiku urged women from all walks of life on Friday (27 September 2019) to recognize the critical role they play in pushing the agenda for safer roads in the country to reduce the loss of lives.

The Fund's CEO was speaking at the second annual Women in Road Safety Conference and Expo held in Mariental, Hardap region on 18 and 19 September 2019 which was attended by over 100 participants from various regional governors, local government representatives, law enforcement agencies, representatives from the Road Accident Fund South Africa, MVA Fund Botswana as well as representatives from the legal and business fraternity.

In a statement availed to Nampa, Martins-Hausiku said it is for the women to find their voice for safe roads for the safety of their families and communities to minimize the impact of road crashes on our national economy.

I urge every woman in our country, to initiate road safety activities and champion road safety at community, corporate and regional levels, as well as relevant stakeholders to establish terms of reference for such championships. I also challenge every woman in leadership or position of influence to advocate for road safety at home, community and the workplace to embrace the role that we should play in the interest of saving lives on our roads, said Martins-Hausiku.

Held in partnership with the Automobile Association of Namibia under the theme 'Women Influence for Safe Roads', the main objectives of the conference were to instill in all road users a sense of personal responsibility and prioritization of road safety, with special focus on women to be active participants in the reduction of road carnage in Namibia.

The event included a street procession with learners from various junior primary schools, emergency rescue vehicles, law enforcers and bikers, as well as road safety demonstrations, presentations on road safety, exhibitions and the ground-breaking of a Children Traffic Play Park in Mariental.

Source: Namibia Press Agency