19 Jun 2017 08:40am
WALVIS BAY, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga on Friday lauded the Police Women Network in the Erongo Region for its outstanding work.
The network aims to empower women and promote gender equality in the force.
At a meeting he called in Walvis Bay to show his appreciation, Ndeitunga told members they are the only active group in the force across the country.
What you are doing is patriotic, you are our heroines
the best overall, he said.
Ndeitunga urged them to continue efforts to empower women.
Through the assistance of network patron Claudia Lofty-Eaton, they raised N.dollars 16 000 through selling fire-grilled meat at three events in 2016 and April this year.
A raffle sale this year raised an additional N.dollars 21 240, while N.dollars 3 000 was collected from members who contributed N.dollars 20 per month.
The money was used to buy sanitary pads for 25 girls boarding at the J.P. Brandt Primary School in the Utuseb village outside Walvis Bay.
Each girl received two packets of sanitary pads, two bath soaps, body lotion, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a deodorant.
Last month, they introduced a driving school programme for fellow policewomen and enrolled 65 of them.
The networks coordinator in Erongo, Chief Inspector Johanna van Rooyen told Nampa the women are expected to get their licenses in about two months.
The womens network also travels around the region to clean old age homes and visit disabled and elderly people at their homes, where they give donations and help with chores.
In December last year, they donated N.dollars 5 000 to two children living with disabilities in Walvis Bay.
Ndeitunga said women have been sidelined for a long time and now is the time to empower and treat them equal to men.
He said NamPol is active in bringing gender equality in the workplace by appointing women in positions of power.
Ndeitunga said transport is available for the network to travel to other regions and inspire the force there to do the same.
Go to OvaHimba women in Kunene Region, teach them their rights, dignity and the importance of education for their children. We do not want them left behind, he appealed.
Lofty-Eaton, who was also at the meeting, said the network is looking at introducing counselling for policewomen.