International Human Rights Day and Namibian Women’s Day celebrated on Friday

A strong message of mutual respect for each other was the focal point of the event. Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It coincides with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.

This year’s theme, “stand up for someone’s rights today!” is in line with the AU theme for 2016: “African year of human rights with a special focus on the rights of women”.
The keynote address of the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka, was delivered on her behalf by Clr. Mutjavikua.
The minister is quoted: “It is everyone’s responsibility to uphold human rights. Every one of us should take a stand and step forward and defend the rights of a woman, a girl child and any woman at the risk of discrimination or violence. In Namibia, this day is commemorated as the International Human Rights Day as well as the Namibia Women’s Day. It is also the last day of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence which was held between 25 November and 10 December.”
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This day is well known for the heroic deeds of women such as Kakurukaze Mungunda who, with other fearless Namibian women resisted the forced removal of people from the old location to Katutura by the South African apartheid regime. The theme for the campaign was, “from peace in the home to peace in the world, make education safe for all”, which focuses on advancing peace at home and help end violence through empowering women and girls.

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