30 Mar 2019 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) Some 130 Aminuis residents graduated from the Women's Action for Developments (WAD) Community Empowerment Programme on Thursday.
They were amongst others trained in office administration, hospitality and tourism, needlework and tailoring, as well as aspects of Namibian Constitution, human rights and gender-related laws.
WADs national training coordinator, Abisai Kashululu said he conducted the training in November 2018 and January of this year with the help of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Old Mutual, Coca-Cola and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung as their main sponsors.
The graduation was also attended by Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Lucia Witbooi as keynote speaker.
She said her ministry collaborates with WAD because they have the same mandate and because WAD aimed to improve the lives of citizens, especially women and children, by creating jobs to reduce poverty and unemployment.
I urge you to safeguard the skills acquired during the courses conducted by WAD and make sure that the skills are put to good use. These skills should elevate you as individuals to better your chances in life when it comes to finding or creating jobs, said Witbooi.
WAD executive director Salatiel Shinedima said according to an Oxfam report, women earn 24 per cent less than men around the world and 75 per cent of women in the developing world are in the informal economy where they get paid less to escape poverty.
If it continues like this, it will take 170 years to close the gap, he said.
One of the graduates, Victoria Vekoo Karuuombe who got a certificate in basic computer and office administration, said she is grateful to WAD for equipping them with skills and she will continue to learn as this was just a stepping stone.