08 Mar 2018 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) Women in leadership gathered in the capital on Thursday to celebrate International Womens Day.
The event, organised by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, was amongst others attended by deputy ministers, permanent secretaries and women parliamentarians.
Internationally, the day was celebrated under the theme Press for Progress, while the local theme was From peace in the home, to peace in Namibia.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Wilhencia Uiras explained that the day highlights and acknowledges socio-economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions made by women.
It is also the platform to take stock of what countries have achieved thus far and pinpoint the challenges faced in the struggle of women's socio-economic and political emancipation, she said.
Uiras said for a country where at Independence inequality and minimal respect for the advancement and role of women was the norm, Namibia has made great strides in making women count.
She said there were only five women in the first National Assembly. This has increased to 48.
We are showing positive increase in numbers in areas that are already and will significantly influence the quality of leadership and influence women can make in Namibia, said Uiras.
She further noted that significant progress in the political arena, high school and tertiary enrollment is laying a solid foundation for more quality leadership, and not just quantity.
As leaders we should ensure that we do not just count the number of women, and instead make women count and make a significant impact in their spheres of responsibilities, she said.
International Womens Day is celebrated annually on 08 March. Namibia also has its own Womens Day celebrations on 10 December each year.