Namibia celebrates Women’s Day

By Confidente Reporter

NAMIBIA just like the rest of the world celebrated the International Women’s Day on March 8 2021 under extraordinary circumstances.

This year’s International Women’s Day was a rallying call for Generation Equality, to act for an equal future for all.

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It is against this background that United Nations (UN) resident coordinator to Namibia, Sen Pang has called on for an equal rights and opportunities for women on the African continent.

Pang also said that the UN is very much committed in reducing inequality across the world by 2030.

“Women across the African continent, including Namibia, deserve a future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, and filled with equal rights and opportunities for all. As outlined within the17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN is committed to reducing inequality across the world by 2030. Though, we recognise that this goal may only be realised when there is full participation from all sectors of the society,” said Pang.

With the world busy fighting Covid-19 pandemic, Pang therefore stressed that the pandemic has even worsened the position of women in the society.

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“All of us have had our lives transformed over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the challenges we have faced individually are not uniform.  We have seen how Covid has disproportionately affected marginalised communities in Namibia and around the world, in which inequalities are increasing and opportunities are decreasing.  As people around the globe reimaging, reshape, and rebuild the world after a challenging year, everyone must embrace change as we strive toward equality for all.  With this in mind, the United Nations has designated this years’ IWD theme as ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’, to highlight the importance of gender equality,” he said.