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First Lady speaks on financial inclusion and being a superhero

First Lady speaks on financial inclusion and being a superhero

The Financial Literacy Initiative  celebrated its 5th anniversary on Friday 31 March 2017 through a Women’s conference under the theme “Be your own superhero”. The First Lady of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos addressed the delegates, telling them about the power women can harness for women.

The conference brought together women from all walks of life to celebrate and engage each other in topics relating to financial well being.

“A responsible attitude towards your finances in today’s world is a key factor to becoming an independent and successful woman,” local Junior Advisor for Financial Systems Development, Antonia Smith said.

The Financial Literacy Initiative welcomed approximately 150 women at this event which was held at the Rail House in Windhoek.

Through a series of speeches, panel discussions, presentations and financial wellness sessions, a line-up of thriving and inspiring female thought leaders enlightened the conference delegates on a range of financial topics.

“The Financial Literacy Initiative feels very honoured that the First Lady, Madame Geingos delivered a talk titled ‘’Women Engage, Women Empower, Women Educate’’. Smith said.

The women present at the event had the opportunity to engage the First Lady through a question and answer session.

Also in attendance was the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Hon Doreen Sioka who spoke about Gender Violence. She warned perpetrators in no uncertain terms to refrain from harming their partners.

The Financial Literacy Initiative is a national platform, mandated to improve the financial skills of private individuals and the owners of micro, small and medium enterprises. The initiative currently consists of more than 30 official platform partners from the private, public and civil sectors who jointly strive to address the target groups’ needs with regard to financial competence and consumer protection.

It was founded five years ago by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the development partner, the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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