Sioka applauds NDF for work on gender equality

20 Jul 2017 13:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 20 JUL (NAMPA) – Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka on Wednesday applauded the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) for its progress in gender mainstreaming, especially in peacekeeping missions.
Sioka referred to women being sent on peacekeeping missions and promoted to high ranking positions in the NDF.
Speaking in Swakopmund at the national multi-stakeholders consultative conference on the development of a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in Namibia, she said Namibia’s performance in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment is globally considered as being outstanding.
Sioka said Government has made sure that women are in positions of power, such as that female representation in Parliament is increased from the previous 25 per cent.
“Please keep doing your part, you are putting our country on the map. Now when we are at international events where gender equality is discussed, we can hold our heads high because we know we are doing well,” she said.
Sioka used the opportunity to encourage young girls to join the NDF in large numbers as she said serving in the defence force is a career like any other.
The two-day conference, which started on Wednesday, is discussing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, Women Peace and Security Challenges at local and regional levels as well as the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security.
In response to persistent pressure from civil society, the United Nations (UN) Security Council has adopted eight resolutions on ‘Women, Peace and Security’. These resolutions make up the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and guide work to promote gender equality and strengthen women’s participation, protection and rights in conflict prevention through post-conflict reconstruction contexts.
The conference is hosted by the NDF and United Nations Women representatives from South Africa.