The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) has scooped the 2017 Award on African Gender at a State Banquet held at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino on Wednesday last week.
The award was bestowed upon the fund in recognition of its commitment towards achieving gender equality in Namibia
The press statement released by the fund toady states that as an institution that supports gender equality and women empowerment, the fund currently employs 109 women of which three are in executive leadership positions, three in senior management and 22 in middle management portfolios.
At governance level, the fund is led by a board comprising of three male and two female members.
“In this evolving world, claimant and stakeholder expectations also change, and it becomes imperative for any institution including the Fund to adjust its strategies to meet these demands. As such, the Fund is cognizant of the fact that its employees are central to driving its strategies to respond positively to such demands," MVA said.
Adding that the fund therefore invests in creating a working environment which is favorable to the personal and developmental growth of each and every employee
Even though the focus is to provide equal opportunities to all employees, special emphasis is afforded to women, owing to unfavorable past social disparities faced by those in minorities such as women.
According to the fund there are further efforts in line with those of government to improvethe status of women in society and eradicating injustices of the past as enshrined in the Afirmative Ation Eployment Ac of 1998.
“To address these issues, the fund launched the Women’s Network in April 2015 to empower its female workforce to grow in various areas of their lives - be it financially, spiritually or professionally. The network further inspires women to share learnings and support each other in the process. Furthermore, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility the fund support conferences aimed at inspiring women to realize their worth by sending its female workforce to attend such conferences,” MVA said.