Women Should Strive For Leadership Positions: Nghidinwa

23 May 2013 10:26

GOBABIS, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - The public and private sectors should do their best to apply the principle of 50/50 women?s representation, and implement the ?Zebra style? when appointing personnel in their institutions.
This was the view of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa during a community gathering here on Wednesday, adding that the quest to have an adequate number of women representatives in positions of power and influence is the responsibility of every sector of society.
She said only by starting at individual company and institution basis will the set goals towards a gender-balanced society be fully-attained in the set period.
The minister also appealed to women to seize the opportunity, and to claim their rightful leadership positions while the environment is made very conducive by the country?s legislation and international legal instruments.
?As a government, we are doing our part to bring about equality between men and women. By 2014, we want to see increased women?s representation in leadership positions. Hence, now is the time to seize this opportunity,? she advised.
Namibia is one of 13 countries which have signed, and among 11 countries which have ratified the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Gender and Development Protocol.
The country has made remarkable progress towards meeting the targets of this Protocol, set for 2015.
Namibia became the first country in SADC to develop, cost and align its gender-action plan to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, and Millennium Development Goal 3 as a roadmap towards achieving gender equality. The country has also reviewed its national gender policy.
Despite having made such strides, the country is yet to secure enough women?s representation in politics, with the Namibian parliament only enjoying a relatively low number of female lawmakers.
Out of the 78 members who constitute the National Assembly, only 20 are women.
The situation in opposition parties is even more appalling, as only two women are MPs.
So far, no political party in Namibia has been ever headed by a woman, neither have women dominated the top party leadership structures although some women have been in notable leadership positions.