Women will work hard once they're in leadership: Ipinge

02 May 2014 14:10pm
OSHAKATI, 02 MAY (NAMPA) – The deputy secretary of the Swapo-Party Women’s Council (SPWC), Eunice Ipinge says women are going to work hard to fight poverty and ignorance once they take up leadership positions.
Ipinge said this at Oshakati whilst addressing an elective regional conference of the SPWC for the Oshana Region on Wednesday.
“We will go in leadership to work hard for the development of this country and not to be assistants to men,” she stressed, adding that the 50/50 gender representation being advocated by the Swapo-Party is genuine and it is up to the women to utilise the opportunity.
Ipinge believes the country’s development cannot flourish if one group, in this case women, is excluded from leadership positions and continues to be conceived as being the “second class” of society.
She went on to say that the participation of women in the country’s leadership is not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of the whole nation.
“Women in Namibia should not allow the opportunity offered to them to take up leadership positions to slip out of their hands now that our ruling Swapo-Party has made the 50/50 gender representation in all structures a constitutional provision,” she said.
According to Ipinge, the SPWC is compiling its data and has already directed its regional leaderships countrywide to identify and submit names of women who are competent and ready to take up positions in the national leadership.
This, she said, is to be finalised before the Presidential and National Assembly elections taking place later this year.
Meanwhile, Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa called on all members of the Swapo-Party to wait patiently for the party’s national leadership to come up with the formula for the implementation of the 50/50 gender representation.
Kashuupulwa said the equal gender representation provision has caused confusion amongst many members of the party, including regional councillors, who are now living in fear that they will lose their positions once such provision is implemented.
“Although the 50/50 gender representation is a Swapo-Party constitutional provision, don’t expect it to be implemented overnight and before a policy for its implementation is in place,” he stated.
The one-day SPWC Oshana regional conference elected Sylvia Shuumbwa as the new SPWC coordinator for the region.