08 Aug 2013 04:50
SWAKOPMUND, 08 AUG (NAMPA) - First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba has called on women in positions of power and privilege to ensure that all stumbling blocks, such as discrimination against women and bureaucratic delays in granting loans to start and operate businesses, are removed.
Pohamba commended Namibian women for keeping the flame of business and entrepreneurship burning so that they can overcome the scourges of poverty and underdevelopment, and to move into Vision 2030 with abundant prosperity.
She was speaking on Wednesday evening whilst officially opening the three-day Namibian Womens Summit at the coastal town of Swakopmund.
More than 200 women from different regions in the country are attending the event under the theme Let your light shine through.
Delegates are discussing issues ranging from the role of women in the Namibian economy and the importance of paying tax, to business opportunities and the available support programmes for women in the boardroom.
Pohamba indicated that violence against women and children continues, which hampers business, as it ravages Namibias small population of 2,2 million people, which she described as a shame.
It is time to fight back and eradicate violence and abuse of alcohol, which is the main cause of violence against women in Namibia. Let us reflect and remember those who have been victims of gender-based violence. In remembering them, may we make a personal promise to end this violence against women and children by beginning in our homes, she stated.
She then asked the gathering to observe a minute of silence in remembrance of those women and children who have lost their lives due to domestic violence.
She furthermore called on all Namibian women to look beyond each others potential, and look into how they can collectively combine efforts to make Namibia a better place for future generations.
The summit is being attended by Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana; Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa; and Namibias Ambassador to Sweden Theresia Samaria, amongst other prominent women.
It ends Friday.