By Chaze Chika
GENDER Equality and Child Welfare Minister, Doreen Sioka has commended women for their generosity support during the international women’s day held in Katima Mulilo recently.
In her keynote address, the amused Namibian Gender Minister Hon.Sioka launched the National Action Plan for the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
“As I am standing here, I cannot hide my joy but rather say it out l am so pleased to speak to you on this important and remarkable commemoration of International Women’s day, 08 March 2018 and launch the National Action Of Plan for the implementation of the Convention of the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women’’. Sioka cautioned.
On the National Action Plan, the Namibian Government has committed itself to implementation of the Convention on the elimination of discrimination against Women.
The current Action Plan states that“ Namibia has made progress in fulfilling its obligation under CEDAW by formulating the National Gender Policy with its two National Plans of Action, which are National Gender Plan of Action (2012-2020)and National Plan Of Action On Gender Based Violence (2012-2016) currently under review’’.
However, Mr Salatiel Shinedima the Executive Director of Women’s Action for Development (WAD) shared a message by thanking Namibian women for their hard work and hardships in taking care of their families besides challenges of abuse, equality, poverty and the scourge of HIV and AIDS.
‘’ I extend my most sincere congratulations to all women in Namibia who continue to strive towards excellence, despite prejudices facing them to be recognised as equal human beings”. Mr.Shinedima said.
Women‘s Action for Development also commended all resilient mothers who are raising and feeding their families very often single handed , while remembering all those unfortunate women suffering at the hands of poverty , abuse and affected and inflicted with the HIV-virus and other misfortunes due to poverty.
Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu together with his community joined the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in celebrating the International Women’s day which was officially hosted in Katima Mulilo, Thursday March 8.
International women’s day is a day created to honour women and the remarkable things that they do.