Namibia is a shining example for Africa: AU

18 Mar 2015 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibia is a shining example for Africa and the rest of the world for including a relatively high number of women in parliament.
This is the view of the African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop, who applauded the Namibian government for recognising the role of women in leadership.
He made the remarks during a panel discussion on ‘women, peace and security’ on Tuesday evening.
“Namibia is leading by example, thanks to her leaders. Namibia is a miracle - her people have done it for the continent,” she added.
The event was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in celebrating the country’s 25th independence anniversary on Saturday.
This year will mark also the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which was passed unanimously in October 2000 after extensive lobbying by the non-governmental-organisation (NGO) working group on women, peace and security and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) (now UN Women).
Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who was then the Minister of Women Affairs and Child Welfare, initiated the resolution when the country took its turn chairing the Security Council.
The two main components of UNSCR 1325 are addressing sexual violence in armed conflict and increasing women's participation in peace processes and political institutions.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same occasion, Ndaitwah noted that in celebrating the silver jubilee of the country’s independence, the ministry felt it necessary to highlight the importance of peace and security.
“The panel discussion takes place at an important time for Namibia following the policy decision by the ruling Swapo-party of the 50/50 format of the inclusion of women in leadership. At the first ever workshop for the newly elected women parliamentarians last week, we applauded President Hifikepunye Pohamba and others in our societies, who have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of women in Namibia, that as from 21 March 2015, we will have over 40 per cent representation of women in the National Assembly,” she said.
Peace and security is the pre-requisite for sustainable development, not only in Namibia, but the whole world, according to Ndaitwah.
She noted that women, who made up more than half of the world’s population have also a role to play in conflict prevention, peacemaking and maintenance, which are key elements of the UNSCR 1325.