Capacity building workshop underway in Swakopmund

28 Feb 2019 09:00am
SWAKOPMUND, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – A training workshop on capacity building training, the enhancement of gender equality and women empowerment in regional councils commenced in Swakopmund on Wednesday.
The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) is aimed at creating a platform for collective reflection and consensus building by political party representatives and to foster compliance with the national constitutional, regional and international commitments.
In her remarks during the official opening, MGECW Executive Secretary, Wilhencia Uiras, noted that the workshop aims at analysing how intra-party democracy processes are gendered to promote women participation and representation in local councils.
“We also wish to identify how intra-party regulatory frameworks impede on women representation and participation in decision-making organs of political parties at regional level; as well as unpack comparative regional and international experiences to enhance women’s active political participation and representation at local council level,” she said.
The workshop is being attended by regional and local authorities from all the 14 regions of Namibia, members of the MGECW as well as representative of International Institution for Democracy and Electoral Assistant (IDEA) from Botswana and Swaziland.
Chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council, Hafeni Ndemula, said the workshop has come at the right time, as Namibia is preparing for its general and presidential elections later this year.
“This should be seen as one of the major steps by the government, through the MGECW, which has the mandate to ensure gender equality and equitable socio-economic development of women, men and the wellbeing of children in Namibia,” Ndemula noted.
The workshop concludes on Friday.