(WHNT) – Recently there was a conference at the United Nations about the status of women around the world. Reverend Linea Haufiku, the Vicar General of Namibia, was at that conference and she stopped by WHNT News 19 this week to give her perspective about gender equality and violence against women happening around the globe.
Namibia is a sparsely populated country on the south-west coast of Africa but the issues that women face there are pretty much the same world-wide. Reverend Linea Haufiku believes that, “The status of the women in the world is not that different. We might have different issues in the countries of the world, but we are certainly have a lot of things in common. What we are suffering in southern Africa, or west Africa, or east Africa, or South America, or North America or Europe, might not be the same as Asia but it’s not that far from each other…The world still has a long way to go in making sure that gender equality and violence against women have been shipped out of our nations.”
The recent U.N. conference on the status of women gave voice to several issues affecting women around the globe like violence against women and pay equality. Rev. Haufiku says that, “The leaders of the world were discussing the sustainable development goal, and some of those include gender equality, equality of education and what not. So we are looking at issues of gender in general, the violence against the woman and the girl child. Of course you understand there are many, many, many countries where the woman suffers more than the male counterpart.”
Violence against women and inequality is a major problem everywhere on the globe. How should we prepare the future generations to better the situation? Reverend Haufiku believes that “You can not solve that by discussing the issues with women only. You need to bring both males and females together in order for you to tackle the issue. You need to talk to boys, you need to talk to men, husband, wife, brothers, nephews and what not. You also need to get away with the issues of culture and tradition.”
View our entire conversation with Reverend Linea Haufiku here in three parts: