Oshana experiences poor turnout for Intl. Women's Day

09 Mar 2016 11:10am
ONDANGWA, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa expressed disappointment that only a handful of women pitched up to celebrate International Women’s Day here on Tuesday.
The day is celebrated worldwide on 08 March each year.
Speaking during a poorly-attended celebration of the day by the community of his region at Ondangwa’s Oluno suburb, Kashuupulwa urged women to respect the day.
“Women were supposed to take the message further to men, including their lovers, in order to promote the campaign against gender-based violence and 50-50 gender representation in our country,” he told his audience.
Speeches delivered during the event encouraged the citizenry to ensure that no gender-based violence is taking place in their respective families, constituencies and regions.
The men-folk was singled out as perpetrators of gender-based violence, and accused of raping women in the Namibian society.
The governor used the same event to applaud the government for having started promoting women into decision-making positions.
Kashuupulwa singled out the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Commander in Oshana Region, Commissioner Rauha Amwele as one such woman promoted to be a decision-maker equal to men.
Amwele also attended the celebration accompanied by a female NamPol inspector and several female sergeants.
International Women’s Day came about in 1910, and was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911.
People march during the commemoration of the day to express support for women and to discourage discrimination against them.