LAC launches research briefs on women issues

20 Mar 2016 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAR (NAMPA) – Empowering women and children paves the way for society to develop in terms of education and employment, and in turn strengthens the economic foundation of the country.
Finnish Ambassador to Namibia Anne Saloranta made these remarks at the official launch of three research briefs for the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC)'s Gender Research and Advocacy Project here on Thursday.
These research briefs concentrate on corporal punishment of children, maintenance and cohabitation in Namibia.
“Women can be most important catalysts in their children’s lives, she said, adding that empowering women and children does not only support and enforce human rights, but also paves the way for society to develop.
Saloranta commended the LAC for preparing and providing much needed research findings and information to policymakers and stakeholders on these three topics.
She said the Namibian Constitution provides strong basis for gender equality and protection, but in some cases, legislation does not always correspond with everyday realities; and constitutional values might differ from society’s moral values
Saloranta further said some laws or their applications might be outdated and inadequate to address the needs of women and children.
The Embassy of Finland has been supporting the LAC through the 'Fund for Local Cooperation' for many years.
The project aims to promote gender equality and empower women through legal research, law reform and advocacy work, while at the same time raising public awareness on law reforms.
Director of the Legal Assistance Centre, Toni Hancox; Children’s Ombudsperson Ingrid Cupido; Magistrate Vanessa Stanley; Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) Secretary General Maria Kapere and other civic society organisations representatives attended the launch.