Windhoek - Namibia President Hage Geingob has encouraged women to pull up their socks to ensure gender equality and mobilise efforts to fight against gender-based violence.
As part of the his message to mark the International Women’s day Friday, 8 March, President Geingob acknowledged the efforts Namibia has made over the past three decades in working towards gender equality.
He expressed satisfaction that women continue to play a leading role in business, sports and politics, including in the executive and legislature.
Geingob said efforts must continue to be centred on the empowerment and education of the girl child.
“Education is the greatest equaliser, and is also a powerful weapon in our fight against the undesirable feminisation of poverty,” he said.
“The empowerment of women is a human right and not a favour,” he said.
He reaffirmed the government’s commitment towards women empowerment.
“Our gender policies and plans of action are fully geared towards the empowerment of women,” he said.
President Geingob recounted the achievements Namibia has made towards women empowerment. Namibia adopted the National Gender Policy and two plans of action ‑ the National Gender Plan of Action and the National Gender Based Violence Plan of Action ‑ which are aligned to regional and continental instruments, the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, the Maputo Protocol and the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, he said.