09 Mar 2019 10:30am
OKAKARARA, 09 MAR (NAMPA) - Over 200 residents of the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday gathered at Okakarara to commemorate International Womens Day.
They recited poems, delivered motivational speeches and did traditional and music performances to celebrate the roles of women.
The event started with a street procession led by members of the Namibian Police Force and officials in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare under the theme Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.
In a statement delivered on her behalf Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said the gathering was aimed at celebrating the roles and contributions women have made to the social, economic and political spheres of Namibia.
In my opinion, this day also marks a call to action and acceleration of gender parity, said Sioka.
The minister said Namibia is proud of having good laws protecting women and girls from all forms of gender-based violence, rape and all types of abuse.
She said because of the laws and policies on gender parity in education, health, politics and different decision-making levels, Namibia in June 2018 won the Africa Gender Award.
The country is doing all this to assist women and girls to excel, but we are still troubled by a high number of teenage pregnancies, child marriage and school dropouts by girls, she said.
Sioka then called on Namibians to continue empowering girls and women economically by providing start-up capital to those venturing in business.
Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu, described Namibian women as strong and brave.
We have seen a strong rural woman walk a long distance to fetch water in a bucket with a baby on her back and later this same woman is seen getting into a thick bush to collect firewood and come cook for her family, Kandorozu said.
He commended African women for their different, and often difficult, roles in society.