No field of study should be off limits to women – Geingob – The Namibian
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, which is observed on 8 March.
This year, the day is celebrated under the theme ‘DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’.
In a statement released ahead of the day on Tuesday, Geingob said women have over the years demonstrated that they are capable of many accomplishments in different fields of human endeavour.
“No field of study should be off limits for women and girls,” Geingob stated.
“Harmful practices against women, including the scourge of gender-based violence, undermine the dignity of women and stunt their advancement in society,” he said.
Geingob said gender equality is not only a catalyst for women to pursue their dreams, but is also vital for peaceful communities and socio-economic development.
“In the Namibian government, consistent with our pursuit of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the education, science, technology and innovation clusters are led by women, which is a significant step in national efforts to promote gender inclusion in the fields of science, technology and mathematics,” he said.
Geingob added that Namibia reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all spheres of the economy, including in fields related to science, technology and mathematics.
He said technology and innovation should be deployed as enablers of gender equality for an inclusive humanity.
“Notwithstanding the strides we have made as a nation, with women occupying important decision-making and management positions in the public and private sectors, International Women’s Day is a sharp reminder about the need to redouble our efforts towards the goal of gender equality,” he said.