Gender Links advocates more women rights

From the left are Mrs. Emily Brown, Gender Links Board Member, Spanish Ambassador H.E. Carmen Díez, Ambassador Tonata Itenge-Emvula and Ms. Sarry Xoaqus-Eises, Gender Links Country Manger.

The Namibia SADC Gender Protocol Summit and Awards 2015 which was held earlier this week, was opened by Ambassador Tonata Itenge-Emvula, Special Advisor to the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, on behalf of Hon. Doreen Sioka and H.E. Mrs Carmen Díez, Ambassador of Spain in Namibia. The event was organized by Gender Links, the Alliance and numerous counsellors and chairpersons of regional councils.

During the event, Ambassador Itenge-Emvula launched the SADC Gender Protocol 2015 Barometer Namibia, which tracks the implementation of the 28 targets and provisions of the SADC Protocol on Gender. The deadline for the implementations of these targets, which strives for gender equality and elimination of gender discrimination is September 2015. According to the Barometer, Namibia has made important progress, as shown by the highest women representation in top positions but there are still various challenges ahead.
All participants stressed the importance of gender equality to achieve women empowerment. On Wednesday and Thursday, an inception workshop was held for the various stakeholders in Gender Links to to present their proposals of best practices in different categories (gender violence, economic empowerment, climate change, entrepreneurship, etc.).
Ambassador Itenge-Emvula said that all participants are winners for promoting gender equality. She encouraged the workshop participants to persevere in their work to promote women rights.