Mensah-Williams says women should be valued for their contributions

08 Mar 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams, on Friday expressed the need for women to be valued for their contributions.
Speaking at the commemoration of International Women’s Day in the capital, Mensah-Williams said women must be respected, not because of their gender, but because of the tangible contributions they bring to table; be it in science, politics, commerce, information and communication technology and economics.
“Who are the people who bring up and give the foundation to presidents? Women! Who are the people who bring up the police or the defence force, whether it is in correctional facilities, in the air force, in the media, doctors or the pastors? Women!” she said.
Mensah-Williams also used the opportunity to chastise the media for the manner in which it reports on gender-based violence.
“Stop saying there’s passion killing in this country. Passion killing means when there’s love, there should be killing. Stop saying the child was fondled in court,” she noted.
The chairperson further said rural women and girls should be included in sustainable development efforts and that laws and policies need to consider the diversity of rural women and challenges faced by the most vulnerable among them, including women with disabilities, single mothers, the uneducated and unemployed, as well as those living with HIV.
Mensah-Williams also advised men to be key allies in all efforts to promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls.
The commemoration of International Women’s Day in Namibia was held under the theme; ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change: Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality.’