05 Nov 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) The Swapo Party Womens Council (SPWC) launched its first training manual on gender, political advocacy and leadership here Saturday.
The manual is a guide for the training of trainers, who upon completion will go into the field to further disseminate the accumulated skills to the partys membership at grassroots level.
The purpose of the manual is to provide a standardised leadership and political advocacy training capacity framework for increasing and empowering womens participation in decision-making and leadership roles.
It also aims to empower women with the necessary basic understanding of the Swapo Party and SPWC constitution, gender, political advocacy and leadership skills and is further aimed at stimulating critical awareness and thinking around the various challenges that impede the equal participation, representation and equitable development of women.
Speaking at the launch, SPWC secretary Eunice Iipinge explained that the council realised that achieving true gender equality requires direct training and advocacy at all levels in and outside the party.
We can only address issues that affect women if we are aware and knowledgeable on how to analyse situations, identify challenges and formulate policies to address those challenges and this is the purpose of the manual, she said.
Iipinge further emphasised the importance of educating women, adding that if mothers are educated, then young boys and girls will be educated, amongst others in the areas of gender equality and development.
First Lady Monica Geingos, who launched the manual, commended the womens council for including conflict resolution in the manual.
One cannot talk about leadership without talking about conflict resolution, she said.
The training started on Saturday.