Women in Power Should Empower Other Women

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Women in power and privileged positions should ensure that all stumbling blocks such as the bureaucratic delays in the granting of loans to women to start businesses are removed.

This call was made by Namibia’s First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba during the 7th Annual Namibian Women Summit that took place recently in Swakopmund.

According to Madam Pohamba, Namibian women will only prosper if those in power take a firm stand against violence against women and children and be the voice of the less privileged in an effort to empower them.

Madam Pohamba applauded all Namibian women for keeping the flames of business and entrepreneurship burning so that they can overcome the scourges of poverty and underdevelopment, to contribute to Vision 2030. She went on to say that violence against women and children continue to hamper the progress of businesswomen and people in general.

“It is time to fight back and eradicate violence and alcohol abuse. They are the main cause of violence against women in Namibia. Let us reflect and remember those who have fallen victim to gender-based violence and fight this evil starting in our own homes,” she said.

She called on Namibian women to look beyond each other’s potential, and rather collectively combine efforts to make Namibia a better place for future generations.

Also speaking at the summit was the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa, who asked that the outcome of the summit be shared with other women in order to address all issues hampering the growth of women socially, politically and economically.

She went on to say that women have the ability to make significant contributions to the country’s development if a conducive environment is created for them. “This is a platform for Namibian women to exchange views and opinions and come up with effective strategies to address issues of inequality and economic empowerment that affect all women. Women can achieve what they set their minds to and realize that they are not accessories. As long as we have confidence and trust in ourselves, we shall able to do better than men and can live without having to depend on them,” Nghidinwa said.

The summit brought together close to 200 women from various backgrounds, upcoming entrepreneurs, well-established businesswomen and women in leadership positions to network, share and guide each other in terms of finance independence and business initiatives.

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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