21 May 2014 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare on Wednesday held the first meeting of its National Gender Permanent Task Force (NGPTF) in the capital on Wednesday.
The NGPTF is part of the coordination mechanism for the implementation of the National Gender Policy for 2010 to 2020 and the National Gender Plan of Action by all the stakeholders.
Speaking at the meeting, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Erastus Negonga explained that the coordination mechanism for the National Gender Policy came about after the stakeholders realised that a lot of activities have been carried out without much positive impact, especially in the case of gender-based violence (GBV).
Subsequently, the National Gender Policy was revived to make provision for the establishment of a coordination mechanism to oversee the coordination for the effective implementation of all areas of focus by all Namibians.
Negonga said coordination operates at national, regional and local level, and is made up of our committee levels. These include the High Level National Gender Advisory Committee of Cabinet Ministers and Regional Governors and National Gender Permanent Task Force comprising Permanent Secretaries
The other committee levels include the Regional Gender Permanent Task Force comprising Regional Governors, Chief Regional Officers and members of the Regional and Local Authority Councils; and local level mechanisms to be established by the Regional Gender Permanent Task Forces.
The National Coordination Mechanism comprises various implementation clusters in the public and private sectors, academic institutions, development partners and civil society organisations.
The clusters are the GBV and human rights cluster; health, HIV and AIDS cluster; education and girl child cluster, poverty, rural and economic development cluster, governance, peace, security and disaster management cluster and media, research, information and communication cluster.
The coordination mechanism for the implementation of the National Gender Policy in Namibia was approved by Cabinet in April 2014, when it also gave a directive that all affected stakeholders must ensure full support of the Coordination Mechanism in all policies, programmes, plans, budgets, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.