WINDHOEK: The Executive Director of Women’s Action for Development (WAD) has called on women leaders to bring marginalised women into the mainstream of the economy.
WAD Executive Director Veronica de Klerk made the call while addressing the three-day Namibian Women’s Summit 2012 in the capital on Thursday.
“Women in leadership positions have the ideal opportunity to work in unison for the eradication of cultural baggage because our country cannot allow the injustices suffered by women due to harmful cultural traditions, to be practiced any longer,” she said.
De Klerk said during her work in rural areas of the country, she noted that some of the profound problems that affect women include poverty, unemployment, and a lack of self-confidence and self-value.
She noted that Namibia will soon see parity in the representation of the genders in the private sector and in Government, provided that the present generation of women leaders start building on the next generation to be worthy successors.
De Klerk urged that young girls be groomed, trained and prepared for future leadership roles by talented and experienced women leaders either on business or political level.
The first Namibian Women’s Summit was hosted in Windhoek in 2007 as a way to create a platform for Namibian women to learn from each other, share best practices and network with each other. This annual event has become a special event on the calendars of most Namibian women.
This year’s summit is being being held under the theme ‘The Time is Now’.
It started on Wednesday and ends Friday.