'More female graduates must take up decision-making jobs'

21 Aug 2013 11:40
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa has encouraged female graduates to take up more jobs in decision-making positions for the development of women in the country.
She was speaking at the International Women’s Day Celebrations organised by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) here on Wednesday.
“Every year we witness graduates from tertiary institutions and the list is always dominated by females. However, we do not see them in their respective political parties’ structures, or in other structures in their respective societies. For Namibia to realise 50/50 representation in all positions of decision-making, we need the new generation to line up and be ready to take positions of decision-making for today and years to come,” she noted.
Every year, females dominate males in graduating at the country’s tertiary institutions, according to Nghidinwa.
She said statistics indicated that about 60.4 per cent females graduated from the Polytechnic of Namibia during 2011 and 2012 compared to 39.6 per cent males who graduated over the same period.
The minister emphasised that events which celebrate women in the country are hosted in preparation of implementing 50/50 women representation in Namibia in decision-making positions by the year 2015 as per the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.
The Protocol on Gender and Development calls for at least 50 per cent women representation in decision-making positions at local, regional, national level and in the public sector by 2015.
She called on women to organise themselves to face the challenge on how to participate in the upcoming elections. Nghidinwa also called on women to encourage each other to partner up and compete with men in business ventures, as well as decision-making positions.
“The time has come for Namibian women and men to create a platform where issues of gender equality and women empowerment are discussed collectively,” she added.