Gender experts holding a consultative meeting in Otjiwarongo

03 Sep 2013 10:30
OTJIWARONGO, 03 SEP (NAMPA) - More than 30 gender experts representing Government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are holding a consultative meeting in Otjiwarongo to discuss issues related to gender equality and women empowerment.
The three-day meeting is an initiative of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare which is being held in order to analyse several gender documents which fall under the ministry.
The meeting was officially opened here on Tuesday by the Director of Gender Equality and International Affairs in the ministry, Victor Shipoh.
He said his ministry is mandated by Government to ensure that gender equality and the equitable socio-economic development of women and men, girls and boys is achieved in Namibia.
“To fulfill this mandate, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare has to implement programmes in collaboration with its stakeholders, and that’s why you are here,” he said while addressing the meeting.
The director went on to explain that the purpose of the meeting is that the stakeholders should give their input on the proposed National Gender Co-ordination Mechanism Document which will help to oversee and guide the ministry on gender-based violence.
Another document which will be analysed by the gender experts during the three days is the document on Equality and Women Empowerment in Namibia.
Shipoh said after the document on Equality and Women Empowerment is analysed, it will be submitted to Cabinet by the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa for consideration and approval.
The meeting is being facilitated by a gender technical advisor to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Dr Aramanzan Madanda from Uganda.
The meeting ends on Thursday.
(NAMPA)
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