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.