Geingob wants thorough plan for 50/50 gender representation

09 Jun 2014 09:10am
ONAMUKULO, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob says nobody in the Swapo-Party opposes the implementation of 50/50 gender representation.
Speaking at Onamukulo village in the Ohangwena Region, where he officiated at the regional seminar for members of the Swapo-Party Women’s Council (SPWC) on Saturday, Geingob also referred to media reports that he is apparently against equal gender representation as “cheap propaganda”.
The village is situated in the Omulonga Constituency.
“Not to my surprise, I was sensationally misquoted and labelled by some as being against 50/50,” Geingob noted, adding that his point was that the party should plan thoroughly so that 50/50 gender representation achieves the goals of gender equality.
He reiterated that the media allegedly misquoted him after he addressed a public meeting in Windhoek where he explained that modalities should be worked out for the successful implementation of the 50/50 gender representation in the party.
According to the Premier, it is for both men and women in the Swapo-Party and in the nation as a whole to have equal value in the society.
“Comrades, we want 50/50 to work and to be a success, we want 50/50 to ensure that the interests of both men and women are met, but that these interests should not supersede the interest of the Swapo-Party and our beloved Namibia,” said Geingob.
He then suggested that Swapo-Party members use platforms such as the SPWC regional seminar to plan ahead for the success of the implementation of equal gender representation.
Quoting Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila who said in Parliament recently that “those who fail to plan, plan to fail”, Geingob then called on the party members to heed Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s words and start planning.
Geingob also told his audience that the issue of women’s empowerment is an issue that grows more important every day, especially in the context of economic empowerment and redistribution of wealth in the country.
The Ohangwena SPWC seminar was also aimed at raising funds for the wing. Geingob contributed an amount of N.dollars 10 000 and also pledged N.dollars 50 000 at the end of his address.
SPWC Secretary Petrina Haingura told those who attended the event that the seminar is the ninth to be held in the Ohangwena Region. Swapo-Party Women’s Council members from all districts in the region attended the seminar which was aimed at discussing issues related to education, health - especially how to deal with teenage pregnancies - and traditional affairs.
The SPWC members in the Ohangwena Region convene for the seminar on an annual basis.