21 Nov 2013 19:00pm
ONDANGWA, 21 NOV (NAMPA) - Young women from across the country convened at Ondangwa on Thursday for the first-ever convention of the National Young Women Association (NYWA), which will also elect the associations leadership.
Initiated some three years ago, the NYWA is currently headed by interim president Dalah Ndahafa Hapulile, who told those who attended the official opening of the convention that her association is represented in almost all 14 regions.
According to Hapulile, the NYWA is aimed at empowering young women and preparing them for leadership positions in the various sectors of the Namibian society.
Let us unite for the empowerment of the young women of Namibia, the youthful Hapulile said before reminding delegated to the convention to bear in mind that the war is not against men, but for womens leadership empowerment.
The Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Juliet Kavetuna officially opened the four-day convention, which is also being attended by the deputy secretary of the Swapo-Party Womens Council (SPWC), Eunice Iipinge and Armas Amukwiyu, the coordinator of that party in the Oshikoto Region.
Officially opening the convention, Kavetuna said the time is now for the young women of Namibia to come out of their comfort zones to start empowering themselves if they are to play a significant leadership role in Namibian society.
She expressed the concern that women are in the majority, yet they continue to be scarcely represented in leadership positions and decision-making bodies.
According to Kavetuna, the floor is open for women to enter into any field of leadership. She used the same platform to commend the ruling Swapo-Party for recently adopting a strategy which promotes 50-50 per cent gender representation in all its ranks and structures.
Kavetuna put it to the young women that the value and respect of others is the basis of leadership. She, however, warned the NYWA family not to allow their association to follow in the steps of the already established Namibian youth organisations whose sustainability levels are currently stuck at zero.
Own this organization, it is for you to drive it to success or failure, Kavetuna stated, while she on the other hand called on the NYWA members to push themselves harder in order to ensure that their associations presence is spread all over the country.
Some 300 delegates are attending the convention, which is also being attended by guests from countries such as Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.