Stakeholders should discuss GBV causes: Kashuupulwa

05 Jul 2016 17:20pm
OSHAKATI, 05 JUL (NAMPA) - Meaningful discussions on the underlying causes of gender-based violence (GBV) are essential, says Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa.
He made the call during the launch of the region’s consultative meeting on the Regional Gender Permanent Task Force by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) here on Tuesday.
Kashuupulwa said challenges of gender equality and the promotion of women’s economic empowerment spans across the mandates of key stakeholders.
“The implementation of the National Gender Policy (NGP) and its plans of action requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders through the Regional Gender Permanent Task Force as well as the main clusters such as GBV and human rights; poverty; rural and economic development; health; HIV/Aids; education and the girl child; governance; peace; security and disaster management; and media research, information and communication,” the governor noted.
He also urged all representatives in the gender equality sector to convene meetings under the leadership of their respective governors and all stakeholders required to discuss how their regions will address these gender issues.
Kashuupulwa further added that the MGECW is in the process of improving the management of the programme on income-generating activities (IGAs) and that as participants in the workshop, stakeholders are advised to provide input into the draft IGAs’ operating guidelines, especially its application process and procedures as well as the roles and responsibilities of the constituency and regional IGA committees.
The governor concluded by calling for the formulation of realistic activities, approaches and strategies for implementing the NGP and its plan of action as well as the IGA operating guidelines.
The workshop ends Thursday.