“THE 1Oth of December is remembered in the annals of the history of our country because of the events that happened on this day at this place 53 years ago,” President Hifikepunye Pohamba said yesterday at the Old Location Cemetery during the commemoration of International Human Rights Day and Namibian Women’s Day in Windhoek.
The day was commemorated under the theme ‘My Voice Counts’.
Pohamba said the day was declared a public holiday in honour of the Namibian women for their immense contribution to the struggle for national liberation and the process of nation building.
“This day also coincides with the commemoration of International Human Rights Day, which marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights of 1947,” he said.
“As a nation and people who suffered inhumane and cruel treatment under the system of apartheid, we join the rest of humanity in commemorating this day. In this context, we take cognisance of the fact that women suffered severely under the brutality based on colonial oppression, racism and gender inequality.”
According to Pohamba it is a matter of great concern that in Namibia, violence against women, including elderly women and little girls, has become common, extreme and brutal.
“This is totally unacceptable and must be stopped,” he added.
He once again called upon Namibian men to stop the senseless killings of their spouses, partners, mothers and sisters.
“I also call upon our entire criminal justice system to act firmly against perpetrators of crime, especially the crimes targeting women, girls, the elderly and other vulnerable members of our society.
“We all have a obligation to ensure that our women are empowered to utilise their full potential in contributing to the process of nation building. They must be empowered to fully participate in creating a better and more secure future for our children.”