14 Jan 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JAN (NAMPA) The secretary of the Swapo Party Womens Council (SPWC) has called for full representation of women in leadership positions in the private sector and judiciary and regional councils.
Eunice Iipinge made the call during the opening of the SPWC Central Committee (CC) meeting in the capital on Saturday.
Though we have 50/50 representation in the party structures and in Parliament, there are still powerful institutions which remain male dominated, especially in the private sector, judiciary and constituency councils, she noted. Iiping further noted that gender equality has not been sufficiently mainstreamed even in the Swapo Party policies, as issues concerning women have been largely ignored.
She stressed that where women are represented at the highest levels of decision making bodies, differences have been made in raising awareness, changing agendas and providing a national gender sensitive legal framework.
Thus, she called on all women to promote womens interests and mobilise each other to participate in all developmental activities.
The SPWC secretary further called on women in the party to remain united for the strategic positioning of the council to go forward while adhering to the Swapo Party and SPWC constitutions.
We should not make unity lip talk. We need to maintain our mandates as the womens wing of the party that is to remain womens platform and transmission belt of Swapo Party policy, ideology and political programme with a specific mission to mobilise Namibian women for their full participation in political, social and economic transformation of Namibia, Iipinge said.
Iipinge called for order and unity during the election of National Executive Committee (NEC) members that will take place on Saturday.
She urged women to elect those who will work in the interest of all Namibian women, and ensure that womens noble goals become a reality for all.
Over 80 women attended the SPWC CC meeting.