WAD calls on men to realise gender equality

12 Oct 2014 08:30am
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – Issues pertaining to gender equality have long been perceived as women’s issues, and for this reason many men do not have an interest in discussing gender issues.
Women’s Action for Development (WAD) Executive Director Salatiel Shinedima said this on Friday during the closing ceremony of two workshops held from 06 to 10 October 2014 in the capital.
“WAD believes that if the status quo continues, we may not successfully achieve some of our development goals, which are largely based on providing equal opportunities to all Namibians,” he said.
The new WAD leader thus called on Namibian men to realise the value in providing equal opportunities to both men and women.
“If we fail to realise this value as a nation, we shall pay the price of continued disempowerment and discrimination of girls and young women for generations to come,” he warned.
The workshops titled “Aspects of the Namibian Constitution and Contents of Gender Related Laws” and “Gender-Based Violence and Substance Abuse” are part of WAD’s commitment to gender equality and women empowerment.
Forty-four members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Khomas Region successfully completed the training which was facilitated by WAD to enhance the officers’ work performance on gender-based violence (GBV) cases.
NamPol Commissioner Monalisa Molebogang graced the ceremony on behalf of Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, who applauded WAD and said the workshop came at the right time when Namibia is experiencing an alarming wave of domestic violence which include injuring and killing of innocent and vulnerable members of society.
“This situation therefore places a great responsibility on law-enforcement officers and requires a high degree of knowledge and skills” he said.
The training was made possible through funding by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, as well as Old Mutual Namibia and Netbank Namibia.