Focus on gender mainstreaming

28 February 2018 | Local News

The minister of gender equality and child welfare Doreen Sioka has urged regional governors to share their respective regions' achievements and challenges in order for these issues to be addressed effectively.

The minister also urged leaders to plan their development projects around those gender issues that particularly plague their regions.

She was speaking at the official opening of the two-day review and planning workshop for regional gender permanent taskforce in Windhoek yesterday. The meeting is being attended by regional governors, local authority councillors and several high-ranking government officials.

β€œIt is through this platform that regional gender issues are being discussed and implemented through various stakeholders. Gone are the days where we sat at national level and decided on your behalf. I call upon you to embrace this platform as it will help you to address your region specific gender issues,” she said. She added that the workshop is a platform for attendees to plan activities for the 2018/19 financial year. β€œI would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in ensuring that these events are well organised and carried out in your respective regions. Without your support, these events would not have materialised and hence the need for platforms such as the regional gender permanent taskforce,” she said.

The workshop will look at the progress in the implementation of the 2017/18 planned activities and to identify regional and specific gender issues to be addressed by the taskforce, as well as to share the findings of the Gender-Based Violence Study.