12 Sep 2016 09:10am
ONGWEDIVA, 12 SEP (NAMPA) Women can only speak of social justice if more women are part of development at all levels within the Namibian society.
Sylvia Mundjindi, project manager at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), said this here on Friday during a Swapo-Party Womens Council (SPWC) political workshop.
To enable this, we have to inspire and encourage other women to be part of the decision-making process, because when this is the case, women will have the opportunity to speak for themselves and make their own decisions, she said.
The cooperation between FES and SPWC has led to a series of regional capacity building programmes, which have brought about a number of recommendations resulting in Swapo adopting the 50/50 Gender Policy in 2013.
This policy is what led to more women becoming political leaders in the country, also resulting in the country being in the fourth position in the world for most women politically represented, Mundjindi said.
She, however, added that representation alone is not sufficient and that the country still has to work harder to ensure that women perform their roles with efficiency and effectiveness.
Namibia is ranked among the Top 10 African countries that have advanced women in political decision-making structures.
The Namibian National Assembly currently has 48 out of 104 seats occupied by women ministers and deputy ministers as well as the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister who are both women, totalling 46 per cent women representation.
FES is a political foundation which has partnered with SPWC for over 10 years to strengthen their aims of social democracy and justice among others.
The objectives of the two-day workshop were to empower and equip members of the SPWC with the necessary advocacy and lobbying skills that will enable them to broaden political decisions, which will help motivate them to address developmental issues which affect their livelihood.
The workshop ended Saturday.