Women urged to aspire to higher positions in leadership

04 Oct 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 OCT (NAMPA) – Despite the steady rise of women into positions of leadership, more still needs to be done to get them into top positions, Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Lucia Swartbooi has said.
“When it comes to the appointment of board members you will see women, but the two top positions are still held by men,” she said while opening the 11th Namibian Women Summit here on Wednesday.
Swartbooi therefore encouraged women to be optimistic and focused in order to succeed.
Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua called on women to initiate the needed change to ultimately become bigger and better people in the Namibian society.
McLeod-Katjirua explained that in order for women to accomplish their mission of women empowerment and economic emancipation, they must be passionate to share the challenges and experiences, inspire and motivate each other while collectively adopt the right attitude and mindset.
“As women, we must adopt and promote self-awareness, independent will, be conscious and have creative imagination to give all women the human freedom,” she said.
This, according to the governor, stimulate the power to choose and the power to respond to the challenges of the time with confidence, vigour and determination.
The summit, which is an annual event, will this year focus on women entrepreneurs, women in leadership and decision-making positions in the public and private sectors, and emerging young women.
It is attended by women from different regions of the country under the theme ‘Be the change you want to see’.
It ends Friday.