Namibia News

Date: December 9, 2010
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Sarry is busy finalising her 16 Days activities. She is tying up all loose ends and is confident that when the campaign kicks off, her machine will be up and running.

The local and regional elections took place from 26 to 27 November and Sarry was very busy advocating around 16 Days and the SADC Protocol targets with regard to women representation in politics.

GL praised for gender mainstreaming in the region
By Sarry Xoagus – Eises

The President of the Namibian Association of Local Authority Officers (NALAO) invited Gender Links (GL) to attend their Congress from 3 to 5 November.

GL featured on the programme and was asked to introduce their projects to the delegates, who consisted of Municipal Chief Executives, senior managers, Centre of Excellence (COE) councils, councillors, mayors, partners, civil society and government officials. Approximately 400 delegates from the 53 local authorities in Namibia attended.

The country facilitator briefed the Congress about the plans and programmes that GL has introduced in Namibia. Delegates were taken through the COE process for gender mainstreaming in local government. Many participants were hearing of these projects for the first time and they appealed to GL to also visit their towns and replicate the endeavours.

COEs and senior managers thanked GL for empowering local authorities in Namibia. Some recognised that their policies are not gender friendly and would appreciate GL’s assistance in this regard.

The President of NALAO, Niita Alugodhi asked COEs and senior managers to embrace the work of GL in their municipalities. Alugodhi said, “GL is a force to be reckoned with”, adding that it has “empowered and introduced gender in many Councils in the region”.

Regional Governor of the Omaheke, Laura Mcleod-Katjirua, also praised GL’s work in the region, particularly in Namibia. She said “it is important to note here that the concept of partnership is vital for local governance”, referring to GL’s presence there.

In Gobabis, several GL programmes have already been implemented, including GAP, GBV Action Plan and the recent COEs.

In his brief welcome to Congress delegates, the Mayor of Gobabis, Alderman P. Katjaoha congratulated GL on its work. Katjaoha said, “Partners like GL should be part of Council’s operational plans, to help mainstream the gender agenda.”

Using the platform, the GL Country Facilitator thanked all Councils and Municipalities for the invitation and the encouraging words bestowed to the organisation.



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