Gender Ministry donates materials to community businesses

22 Sep 2017 14:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 22 SEP (NAMPA) – The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka has encouraged the participation of women in the Income Generating Activities (IGA) programme for self-empowerment either as individuals or as groups.
Speaking at Ongwediva during the official handover of materials and equipment worth N.dollars 360 000 to members of 11 community projects from the Oshana Region on Thursday, Sioka said the IGA are aimed at promoting the social well-being of the communities.
It also promotes equality between men and women by encouraging women to take part in the programme to economically empower themselves.
“We want to encourage community members, especially women, to participate in this programme in order to create employment,” she said.
The materials and equipment handed over to the beneficiaries were donated by the Government through the IGA programme and will assist project members in activities such as gardening, carpentry and tailoring.
Sioka said her ministry in 2016 developed the Operating Guidelines for IGA which will standardise implementation of such activities throughout the country.
She named women’s economic empowerment; skills training/development; and women in business associations as the three main programmes stipulated in these guidelines.
“According to the guidelines, women will constitute at least 70 per cent of all programmes as beneficiaries in order to address gender inequality and promote women’s economic empowerment,” the minister explained.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Emiliana Munyala commended the Government for supporting their projects and appealed for the funding of more projects.
There are 107 community projects in the Oshana Region and 80 per cent of them are functional.