NCCI committed to empowering women

20 May 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) president Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun has pledged the chamber’s commitment to accelerating the economic empowerment of women in the country.
Speaking at a Namibian women's economic empowerment discussion organised by the Embassy of Finland and the NCCI in the capital on Tuesday, she said women’s empowerment remains a catalyst for the genuine broader economic empowerment of the entire Namibian society.
The discussion was aimed at creating a deeper understanding of the concept of women’s economic empowerment in the Namibian context, and how it could bring about remarkable positive change in society.
“We believe that equitable wealth distribution can best be achieved by prioritising women’s economic empowerment because income in the hands of women can benefit a larger portion of society,” Namundjebo-Tilahun stated.
Namibian women in business are significantly fewer, compared to their male counterparts, a situation which was brought about by legislation and policies of the apartheid regime, which discriminated against women on the basis of their gender.
The NCCI president went on to say that the Chamber has, in partnership with the Federation of Finnish Women Entrepreneurs, embarked on a pilot capacity-building project targeting women entrepreneurs in the //Karas Region.
The NCCI has additionally established a women’s entrepreneurship desk to provide targeted services which can uplift women entrepreneurs.
“We will expand the work of our women’s entrepreneurship desk to cover more areas in the country, and roll out the project to all 14 regions of this country.
We call on various stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the work which our desk is doing, and to provide required resources, particularly in terms of financial and human resources,” Namundjebo-Tilahun noted.