Women play major role in peace and security: Shilunga

10 Aug 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA)- Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga said women play a major role in peace and security strategic initiatives, at decision-making levels, in their home countries and across the globe.

Shilunga said this while speaking during the occasion of a peaceful march for women in solidarity of peace in the world that was held in the capital on Saturday.

Shilunga called upon fellow women here and across the borders to ensure that the nations’ constitutions do away with all discriminatory and backward laws such as those related to gender inequality and all forms of discrimination against women.

In addition, the deputy minister strongly appealed to both Namibian women and their counterparts in the world to help mobilise for similar peaceful marches in their respective countries in order to raise awareness on the plight of women.

“The global peace index (GPI), which measures the relative positions of nations and peacefulness of regions has in the past decades presented trends of increased global violence and less peacefulness in several countries,” Shilunga told those in attendance.

According to Shilunga, the Women International Democratic Federation (WIDF) has been holding similar marches aimed at creating awareness amongst nations that the world needs peace in order to create a conducive environment for nation building, economic growth, gender equality, youth wellness and excellent relationships among different people.

Furthermore, Shilunga announced that Namibia, through the Swapo Party Women Council, was elected to be a member of the WIDF-Africa Region Secretariat in 2016, which gave the country the second position of the Vice-President for Africa Region, currently held by being held by Eunice Ipinge.

Ipinge is the current Secretary of the Swapo Party Women Council.

Speaking at the same occasion, Alicia Campos Perez, representing Cuba, said women in her country will work hand-in-hand to always convey the voice of women’s freedom, self-determination and peace.

This is the first time Namibia is hosting the World Peace March under umbrella of the WIDF.

Countries that took part in the peaceful march on Saturday include Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela, Greece, Lebanon, USA, Angola, Vietnam, El Salvador, Turkey, Senegal and Mozambique.

Close to 200 people took part in the peaceful march.