ONGWEDIVA, 20 MAY (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party Women?s Council (SPWC) is working hard to achieve gender equality in decision-making positions by 2015, especially the implementation of a 50 per cent quota for women in politics.
SPWC Secretary, Petrina Haingura said this whilst addressing the Ohangwena Region?s SPWC members at the Okongo settlement in that region on Saturday.
Haingura said she believes that if the Namibian nation continues to conduct elections as it had been done for the past 23 years, the 50/50 men and women representation in politics will not be realised.
??unless we call for the review of the Electoral System, including the Electoral Act to be aligned to a 50/50 party list based on the Zebra System,? Haingura argued.
She also suggested a review of the Swapo-Party Constitution, if equal representation of men and women in the party is to be realised.
According to Haingura, the SPWC has sent a proposed amendment of the party?s constitution to the mother party, and is awaiting the extra-ordinary congress due to take place this year to deliberate and endorse the proposal if it makes it onto the congress agenda.
?The SPWC also vows to establish programmes to groom young women to take up leadership positions in politics,? said the SPWC secretary.
Haingura then called upon the SPWC leadership in the Ohangwena Region to involve more young women in their activities.
She also wants to see the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare availing resources for gender awareness programmes in the country, on the grounds that not all people understand gender-related issues.
?Some comrades think that it?s only women issues, hence we should stand together as a nation to address gender inequality at all levels,? Haingura noted.
Turning to the Presidential and National Assembly Elections due to take place in the country next year, Haingura urged the Swapo women to prepare themselves and work hard for their party to win again with a landslide victory and to increase the number of women in Parliament.
Haingura suggested that the Swapo women?s representation in Parliament increase from 22 per cent to at least 35 per cent or even to 50 per cent after the coming general elections.
?More work needs to be done by party machinery, all wings, unions and the party must embrace the Policy of Gender Equality,? Haingura stated.