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      ONE of the young South African opposition leaders was quoted saying power change without economic transformation is basically a change of skin.

      The same can be said of gender mainstreaming and responsive policies, as part of gender equality, with no economic empowerment and transformation of the economic status of women.

      The biomass industry, as a growing sector, has stepped up, as an enabler to women's economic empowerment.

      Early this week, the Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG), in partnership with the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project its funding partners, recognised extraordinary Women through the Biomass Industry 2020 Awards, demonstrating how gender-inclusive the biomass sector is.

      In their press release, they indicated that the awards comprised three categories.

      The Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership award went to farmer Agnes Tjiramba, a resettled farmer at Otjinene in Omaheke region.Tjiramba, an educator by profession, owns and manages Grootrooibult farm. The farm has a diverse operation portfolio, including livestock farming, crop production and charcoal production. She employs more than 20 people and monitors compliance on bush harvesting regulations and guidelines.

      The Social and Community Engagement award went to Jenny Paulse of Jumbo Charcoal. Paulse has been with Jumbo Charcoal for over 22 years and she has the oversight responsibility of packaging export products, which includes scheduling, quality adherence, team management and logistics.

      She has played a pivotal role in the establishment of Jumbo Charcoal, including being a member on the Fairtrade Committee, which has provided workers with bicycles, set up a vegetable garden, installed water taps in the community, provided schoolbooks and more.

      The Employee Award went to Taimi Ndilimani (33), who is responsible for all stock-related matters at Jumbo Charcoal and oversees a team of 13. Taimi embraced a steep learning curve at the beginning of her career and is now a key influencer at the company, implementing new processes, promoting new products and educating those around her on sustainability.

      The awards aim to empower and celebrate women in the Namibian biomass industry and raises awareness on the impactful and diverse opportunities within the industry.

      In his keynote address, acting deputy director in the ministry of gender Benson Matali said, “When women and men are empowered politically, socially and healthwise, and are free from gender-based violence, they will be able to participate more fully and gain benefits from the natural resources and the economy.”

      He explained that if males and females were given equal opportunities in the bio-energy industry, such as charcoal, wood fuel briquettes, and wood gas, jobs would be created to address unemployment, and “the feminisation of poverty in Namibia”.

      Matali added that for full economic growth, there is a need to empower both women and men and eliminate inequalities, through policy and programme actions that recognise the barriers, and impediments that limit women from gaining economic benefits from their labour.

      He explained that the loss of human capital wealth caused by gender gaps can cost the economy up to 14% of the gross domestic product, which is why their involvement, and contribution to the growth of industries, such as biomass, are important.

      Gender equality in economic terms means utilising both men and women in the whole process of development through employment, decision-making, education, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, such as the biomass industry,” said Matali.

      Gender equality contributes to the optimal utilisation of the country's human resources by promoting women's participation in and contribution to social and economic development alongside men.

      He added that it also promotes better utilisation of the country's financial resources by matching budgets to plans, priority programmes and projects, while ensuring that the needs of women and men, girls and boys are given due attention.

      Gender equality leads to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially poverty, zero hunger, and goal 13 on climate action.

      “A Namibian woman is economically empowered when her economic status is transformed sustainably,” said Matali.

      N-BiG is a non-profit industry association representing a wide range of private sector and academic members active within the Namibian bush-biomass sector.

      Part of the association's mandate is to explore market opportunities, strengthen capacities and promote industry diversification.

      The industry has almost doubled its employment from 6 000 to 11 000 within the past five years and creates diversified opportunities for both men and women.

      Progress Kashandula, the chief executive officer of N-BiG, said more than 200 women have benefited from the technical support in sustainable bush control and biomass utilisation.

      He indicated that the sector is pushing for modernised harvesting technology as well as processing systems, which could open more opportunities for women within the entire value chain.

      Apart from the cash prizes, the first prize winner received one-year membership with N-BiG that comes with obtaining technical advice and support for their business.

      “We are providing N-BiG membership to the winners to ensure that their contribution remains relevant for the biomass sector,” said Kashandula.

      The “Women in Biomass Industry Awards” is an initiative of the Namibia Biomass Industry Group in partnership with the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism on behalf of the German government.


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