Strengthening Commitment and Leadership of Government to Expand HIV and AIDS Response, Gender Issues and Women’s Empowerment
This report contains a summary of the findings and recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social and Community Development, based on fact-finding visits to two regions. The Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Elia George Kaiyamo, led a team that visited Ohangwena Region on 26th July – 2nd August, 2009, whilst the Vice-Chairperson, Hon. Hansina Christian led a team that simultaneously visited the Kunene Region over the same period. Both regions face particular challenges linked to the inaccessibility of many of the communities resident in the Ohangwena and Kunene Regions.
The visits took place as part of a project implemented by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare with the support of three UN agencies (UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA). The project is entitled “Strengthening Commitment and Leadership of Government to Expand HIV and AIDS Response, Gender Issues and Women’s Empowerment”. The primary aim of the project is to examine the progress made in the regions to cope with a number of key issues, namely: Gender-based violence, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs), HIV and AIDS, reproductive health and incomegenerating activities.