Namibia observes International Women’s Day

This year’s International Women’s Day focused on achieving gender equality in political representation.

09 March 2021 | Social Issues

NAMPA

OPUWO

Namibia yesterday joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day hosted under the theme ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’ at Opuwo in the Kunene Region.

This year’s theme was aimed at celebrating the tremendous efforts of women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the commemoration, the minister of gender equality, poverty eradication and social welfare, Doreen Sioka, emphasised the importance of the day, stating that it signifies the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

“It is on this day that significant activities witnessed worldwide as groups of women and men come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. As such, this day is regarded as one of the most important days of the year on our calendar, as we gather here today we celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, lobby for accelerated gender parity and raise awareness about gender-based violence,” Sioka said.

She said this year’s theme is aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

“Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and the flagship Generation Equality campaign, which calls for women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of violence against women and girls, and healthcare services that respond to their needs.”

Namibia has done a tremendous job in terms of women leadership with nine women in cabinet, 32 percent representation in the National Assembly, another 44 percent in the National Council and 21 percent of women governors, she noted.

Despite such achievements, Sioka said there is still room for improvement at the regional level, stating that political parties should empower and elect women to leadership positions.

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