08 Mar 2018 15:50pm
REHOBOTH, 08 MAR (NAMPA) - International Womens Day was celebrated at Rehoboth on Thursday under the theme From peace in the home, to peace in Namibia: Press for Progress.
In a speech read on her behalf, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said it is time to uphold womens achievements, recognise challenges and focus greater attention on womens rights and gender equality to mobilise all people to do their part and press for progress.
This year we should press for progress in advancing womens economic empowerment; to eliminate gender-based violence and child marriage and press against cultural practices that confine girls and women to the kitchen and bearing of children, she said.
Sioka said although gender parity and elimination of some of the practices would not happen overnight, the good news is that across the world, women are making positive gains day by day.
Namibia is one of the countries where women have made great strides. We now boast better female representation in our Parliament than ever before, she noted.
The minister explained that female representation in Parliament stands at 41 per cent, resulting in Namibia being ranked among the top African countries to have advanced women in decision-making structures.
The country also scored well on the 2016 Global Gender Gap Index, where it was ranked 14th out of 144 countries.
Sioka further said that to ensure that women benefit and contribute to the economic development of Namibia, her ministry is in the process of developing the National Women Economic Empowerment Framework.
The framework will provide strategies, interventions, mechanisms and specific recommendations for support required to ensure womens full participation, especially in the strategic value chain of key sectors of the Namibian economy, she said.
International Womens Day is celebrated on 08 March every year.
In Namibia, the day is commemorated in every region through the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfares regional offices with women celebrating their roles in the socio-economic development of the country.
Namibia also celebrates Womens Day on 10 December each year.