Nandi-Ndaitwah demands hard work from women parliamentarians

11 Dec 2014 10:50am
OSHAKATI, 11 DEC (NAMPA) – Foreign Affairs’ Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has called on all women who have been elected as new members of the National Assembly (NA) to perform their duties with dignity.
She made this call at Oshakati in the Oshana Region during the commemoration of Human Rights/Women’s Day on Wednesday.
Nandi-Ndaitwah further demanded that elected women parliamentarians prove a section of the Namibian society wrong who believe that electing women parliamentarians is a downgrade of the NA.
“All of you elected should have the ambition to provide service to the people of Namibia in Parliament with dignity,” she urged.
She also told those in attendance that the 50/50 gender representation introduced by the ruling Swapo-Party for all its structures is a result of the campaign by the former Gender Equality Department, now Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, which was introduced in the country at independence.
The Swapo-Party obtained 77 NA seats after the just-ended elections.
A total of 38 NA seats will be occupied by the ruling party’s women parliamentarians by March 2015.
Nandi-Ndaitwah used the same platform to suggest that Namibians must place emphasis on properly acknowledging the contributions which Namibian women have made during the country’s liberation struggle as they commemorate Women’s Day.
She also wants the day to be marked on the Namibian calendar as Human Rights/Women’s Day, unlike now when it is only referred to as Human Rights’ Day.
According to her, the Namibian government has combined Human Rights’ Day with Women’s Day in recognition of all the heroines of the struggle for the independence of this country.
The theme of this year’s International Human Rights’ Day was “Human Rights 365”, placing importance on the fact that every day of the year is Human Rights’ Day.