The Women’s Council Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, in cooperation with Cartier, hosted a panel discussion with the participation of the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Gingos
The First Lady of Namibia shared her life lessons and experiences on how women can support themselves and each other, and work hand in hand with men to achieve gender equality.
In honor of the outstanding work done by the Women’s Pavilion in promoting awareness of women’s empowerment, Gingos said, “When I entered the Women’s Pavilion, the first questions the Pavilion asked me were: What is your point? Which is a powerful question, given that we all speak from different points of view, and I am happy to speak in this session of the Women’s Pavilion, this pavilion showcases the resounding success of Expo 2020 Dubai, dedicating this space of this Unique Expo and dedicating it to women in such a great way. An achievement that I would like to congratulate your leadership and the leadership of Expo 2020 Dubai for achieving.”
The advice from the First Lady of Namibia was both personal and political, outlining how change could be achieved with regard to gender equality at the legislative, professional, social, local and personal levels.
The lessons presented dealt with the success of introducing a quota system to increase the number of women holding parliamentary seats in Namibia, raising their percentage from 17% before the system was introduced to 45% in 2022.
Gingos also pointed out the importance of holding on to one’s identity and therefore respecting the fact that each society and each woman has their own definition of equality.
She commented, “I will not prejudge others because I respect my identity. I have learned to respect the identity of others. When it comes to deciding which women are empowered and which are oppressed, don’t decide for other women what oppression means.” I invite you to fight for your rights in the way you understand them and to allow others to fight for their rights according to your understanding of them”.
Hagee Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, who was on site at the international event to celebrate Namibia’s National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, was greeted with applause for joining the council to support his wife and listen to her talk, he said. the event that he is the first president to attend a session in the women’s pavilion in support of his first lady.