International Women's Day Commemorated in Schlip

08 Mar 2017 17:30pm
SCHLIP, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Approximately 90 residents of Schlip settlement in the Hardap Region on Wednesday celebrated International Women’s Day, held under the theme ‘From peace in the home, to peace in Namibia: Be Bold for Change’.
In a speech read on her behalf, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka said it is an occasion to recall struggles and achievements of women in the world, and more importantly, looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations.
“Allow me to make it clear at the onset that the Government of the Republic of Namibia is committed to eradicate Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and to promote gender equality, especially women’s empowerment.”
Sioka said Namibia has adopted this theme of the United Nations day to suit the context and immediate challenges facing the country that hinders sustainable development.
The international theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ was adopted to focus on GBV, the empowerment of women and the girl-child.
It is aimed at advocating for groundbreaking actions that drive the greatest change for women across the world.
“It inspires change in attitudes, perceptions, norms, and practices for the empowerment of girls and women,” said Sioka, adding the day is a good opportunity for women to unite and share knowledge from different levels in society.
“Women also share challenges and turn them into opportunities and strategies for achieving gender equality and equity at all levels,' she said.
According to the Namibia Demographic Health Survey of 2013, one in three married woman (33 per cent) aged 15-49 years has experienced physical, sexual, psychological or emotional violence from their spouse.
About the same percentage of adolescent girls aged 15-19 years and 35 per cent of women aged 20-24-years experience physical violence from a partner.
Sioka said although more coordinated and action oriented efforts is required, Namibia is commendable for the progress made on gender equality and in eradicating GBV.
Namibia has more women in Parliament than ever before and gender parity is being addressed through education, she noted.
“I therefore call upon all the Namibian people in their capacity as duty bearers and right’s holders to respect, protect and promote the rights of all people, specifically the rights of women and children of Namibia,' said Sioka.
The residents of Schlip last week held a peaceful demonstration to protest violence against women and children.