NC to host fifth RWP

04 Sep 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – The National Council (NC) will host its fifth session of the Rural Women Parliament (RWP) between 10 and 12 September 2018.
In a media statement issued on Tuesday, the NC said the three-day session under the theme ‘Positioning Rural Women for Economic Inclusion and Prosperity’ will be attended by 42 rural women and men.
The statement emphasised that the purpose is to create a platform where pertinent issues of national concern affecting Namibians, especially women residing in rural areas, can be discussed.
It noted that the session will include themes such as rural women in agriculture; politics; information and technology; and justice.
“The session offers an opportunity for people from the grassroots to discuss their challenges and share prospects, make recommendations and map the way forward for the betterment of their communities,” the statement said.
It further noted that the initiative feeds into the NC’s core mission of enhancing public participation in the law-making process, adding that the programme aims to impart knowledge and understanding of parliamentary processes and practices on Namibians in rural areas.
It further aspires to create a platform for discourse on issues that impact rural citizens most.
“Recommendations derived from this session will be tabled by NC and forwarded to various ministries and agencies of government for implementation,” it noted.
RWP is a brainchild of NC’s current chairperson, Margaret Mensah-Williams and it held its first session in 2012.
The 42 members are elected from all 14 regions, with each region represented by two women and one male.