01 Oct 2017 16:50pm
KARIBIB, 01 0CT (NAMPA) - Members of the Swapo Party Women Council (SPWC) assigned to Erongo Region were introduced in Karibib on Saturday, at a ceremony also used to commemorate Pan African Womens Day.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, SPWC coordinator for Erongo, Teresia Garises and Selma Engombe, were the three assignees introduced.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nandi-Ndaitwah said the council has a responsibility to educate and empower all women through designing programmes to create employment and provide access to education for women.
I am disappointed, for the past 27 years we have not had a successful women empowerment programme. In my view, success is when we establish a company which employs more women with good salaries and all benefits.
She urged women to work together with the youth to plan development programmes for Namibia and Africa, while explaining that the continent is slowly recognising the women empowerment efforts in Namibia.
The minister said there are so many women across Africa who need the guidance that Namibia can offer.
Africas development is stagnant. If we do not encourage the youth, Africa will not develop any further. Let us guide, inspire and instill a sense of ethics and responsibility into our children.
She encouraged women to start working for the benefit of all but not just for themselves.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Swapo women should be focused because that is the only way other women can follow them.
On the party front, Nandi-Ndaitwah called for the safeguarding of a strong Swapo party, noting that Swapo is the future of Namibia. If we destroy it, our new generation will start afresh.
On her part, Garises thanked Swapo for creating a chance for women to be in positions of power.
Women can also be lawmakers and engineers, so let us use the opportunity provided for us and not continue to sell Kapana, said Garises.