11 Nov 2015 14:40pm
OKATYALI, 11 NOV (NAMPA) The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is now operating 11 community empowerment centres around the country.
The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said this in a statement read on her behalf during the official inauguration of the ministrys new office for the Oshana Regions Okatyali Constituency on Tuesday.
Sioka explained that her ministry established such centres to ensure that women are trained in skills that will enable them to start small income-generating activities.
This in turn will empower them economically and therefore lift them and their families out of poverty, she stated.
The minister singled out the Ondangwa Community Skills Development Centre (Cosdec) as its partner in the training of women in the Oshana Region.
The gender equality ministry has already conducted the first training session at its community empowerment centre at Ongwediva, during which women were trained in making baskets, necklaces and earrings using beads.
Sioka indicated that her ministry will continue to train more women and, to some extent, men.
She encouraged councillors and other community leaders to mobilise and motivate women to take up the training opportunities to acquire skills to be able to do something for themselves.
This will keep them busy with productive activities and it will prevent them from doing unproductive activities such as spending their little resources on alcohol at shebeens and exposing their children to shebeen life at an early stage, Sioka stated.
The establishment of the Okatyali Gender Equality and Child Welfare Ministry Office, she said, will serve as a space from where the community will get information about the services the ministry is mandated to provide.
The ministry was established to ensure that women and men, boys and girls have equal opportunities with regards to social and economic services.
It has this year established four offices in the country at Sesfontein, Epembe, Okatyali, and Mariental Rural, and has a regional office under construction in Tsumeb.
The chairperson of the //Karas Regional Council Jan Scholtz, who is on an idea-exchange mission to the Oshana Region until Thursday, also attended the inauguration of the office at Okatyali.