Member of Parliament Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs
Parliament of Namibia
Julieta Kavetuna has been a community activist her entire life. Her activism is centered on the promotion of gender equity and the provision of quality health care for all, especially in the area of mental health. She has been a Parliamentarian for the last 15 years, where she was politically assigned for two terms of 5-years each as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Youth, and then the Ministry of Health and Social Services. During her tenure in the Ministry of Youth, she launched a campaign “Operation Hope”, which successfully inspired hundreds of unemployed young people to identify their passion and pave their own ways to take up studies or create their own employment. While with the Ministry of Health she became a Mental Health champion. She has also served as Secretary General of the National Youth Council, where she established the Credit for Youth in Business Scheme and the Young Women Leadership structures. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a string of post-graduate qualifications including; a diploma in gender and development, an Honors Public Management and Policy Planning certificate, and a Master of Philosophy in Public Mental Health from the University of Cape Town. She was one of the five fellows of the 2021/2022 cohort at Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As part of her fellowship she did the following Executive course: Behavioral Insight and Public Policy, Digital Health, Leadership, Organization and Action, Women and Power and Delivery Public Service: Efficiency, Equity and Quality. Her mission is to help Namibian Health sector improve and succeed in achieving SDG Goal 3, Target 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4., by designing policies and conduct extensive researches in effective ways of integrating a number of pertinent issues in primary health care, with special consideration of mental health in all policies.
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