By Johannes Hangula
THE recently-held youth conference discussed the youth’s position on gender equality, the effects of genders roles and the effects of gender roles on identity.
The conference hosted in Windhoek by the Libra Foundation with the support of Women Action for Development (WAD) and Konrad- Adenauer-Stif tung, was attended by learners from various high schools.
Speaking at the event Law Reform Chairperson Yvonne Dausab, said that the context of young people in the world of today is very broad.
“They are dealing with so much digital information and social media and they live in the unsafe world now. The youth is under much pressure and we are losing them to alcohol and drugs”.
She further said that the youth are in the culture of destroying themselves and she urged them to balance competing interests.
Dausab informed the attendants that there are acts in place that make sure they are protected against corporal punishment in schools, rape, gender-based violence and other immoral practices.
So she urged young people to take control of their lives by requesting young men to be involved and talk more about how to respect women and encouraged them to take up good choices in lives.
Dausab who admitted that she came from the poor background but chose not to be poor added, “The choices that you make will put you in the direction you are heading, so choose right and that choice shall lead you into greatness’’.
Youth activist Emma Theofelus said, “Statistics of gender equality incidents are enough for us to take steps and start talking about gender equality now.”
Another activist Helena Kandjumbwa said gender roles have a negative effect on both males and females. She added that gender roles are set of cultural norms that dictate certain behaviours that are seen as normal by society; and these gender roles are based on standard norms of masculinity and femininity
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