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Spanish foundation assists women entrepreneurs

Ambassador of Spain to Namibia, Maria del Carmen Diez Orejas (left), Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka (middle) and Francesc Fajula de Quintana, general director of the Banesto Foundation (right) at the conference on Wednesday.The Banesto Foundation in Africa held a two-day conference in Windhoek this week, with the aim to promote women entrepreneurs in Africa.
In her welcoming remarks, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka emphasised the importance of the conference, which was aimed at strengthening the regional dimension of the sustainable and responsible tourism network in Namibia.
Also speaking at the conference, Veronica de Klerk, Women’s Action for Development (WAD) executive director, thanked and congratulated the Banesto Foundation for its special interest in advancing the status of women in the Namibian society.
She said: “the most prominent reasons why so few women have made inroads into the world, traditionally dominated by men, particularly in economy and politics is because many women, especially rural women, have for generations been subjected to harmful cultural practices that have impeded their development, and which kept them out of the so-called man’s domain.”
De Klerk also touched on gender equality human rights, and other factors that interfere with women development.
The conference, which was held under the theme, Gender and Sustainable Development, ran from 7 to  8 March and was organised by the Banesto Foundation.

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