Gender Ministry wants spouses of MPs to play active roles

21 Aug 2013 13:00
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is in the process of lobbying the spouses of Members of Parliament (MPs) and other high ranking Government officials to play a more active role in society.
The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa made this announcement during the International Women’s Day Celebrations organised by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) here on Wednesday.
“They are so quiet; we need to hear from them- their achievements and challenges as they rally behind prominent politicians. Being the wife of a minister you are not restricted to such ceremonial positions only,” she stated.
According to Nghidinwa, her ministry is planning on meeting with the wives of MPs, governors, chiefs and traditional leaders to hear from them about the roles they could play at their workplaces as well as in society.
She made reference to the roles played by Namibia’s former First Lady Kovambo Nujoma, as well as the current First Lady, Penehupifo Pohamba, and commended them for giving back to society. Their social responsibilities towards disadvantaged women in rural areas, widows, orphans and vulnerable children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and also the promotion of awareness campaigns against maternal mortalities and neonatal deaths in Namibia are just some of the ways in which Pohamba and Nujoma have given back to society.
Nghindinwa spoke out strongly against the under-presentation of women in the media fraternity, and also raised the concern about the poor coverage of women’s issues, especially those affecting women in rural areas.
She urged women entrepreneurs to make a meaningful contribution to the development of the country; and called for more women to have access to vocational training centres, as well as to bursaries in order for them to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.
“I would like to urge women in leadership to be role models for Namibian girls who are the leaders and wives of tomorrow. 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.