Women urged to empower themselves and each other: De Klerk

14 Aug 2015 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) – Former Executive Director of Women's Action for Development (WAD), Veronica De Klerk has called on women to liberate themselves from the yoke of unemployment.
De Klerk made the call while speaking at the 9th Namibian Women Summit that kicked off on Thursday in the capital.
The summit is hosted under the theme: 'Women Embracing Change for Prosperity'.
“Today, one hears and reads on a daily basis of young people involved in heinous crimes in townships all over Namibia. Those involved are mostly young and unemployed youth, who rebel against society and who have had enough of poverty due to unemployment,” said Veronica.
De Klerk stated that women should stand up and change the situation in the country, by preventing Namibia from becoming a crime capital in Africa as the result of unemployment.
She appealed to established businesswomen to pass on skills and train others to run small businesses. She noted that there is an opportunity in in the the tailoring of school uniforms, which she said is a lucrative market as over 600 000 learners enrol at schools annually.
On teenage pregnancies, De Klerk urged parents to make sure that their children complete high school and pursue higher learning.
“We as mothers, must break the cycle that girls start school and soon fall pregnant before the completion of their high school career and drop out, just to become an ordinary citizen,” she noted.
The aim of the 9th Namibian Women Summit is to bring together women from various sectors; including government, private sectors and civil societies, so that they can inspire one another.
The summit ends Friday.