Hon. Rosalia Nghidinwa, Minister of Gender Equality & Child Welfare

May 28, 2013, 5:25 am

Rosalia Annette Nghidinwa (born 26 October 1952 in Nkurenkuru, Kavango Region)is a Namibian politician. A member of the South West Africa People's Organization, Nghidinwa has been a member of the cabinet of Namibia as Deputy Minister of Labour from 2000-2005, Minister of Immigration and Home Affairs from 2005 to 2012 and Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare since December 2012. She has also been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 2000. In 2010, she was re-elected to the National Assembly and reappointed as the Immigration and Home Affairs minister. Persisting problems with fraud and mismanagement have led to the appointment of Ngarikutuke Tjiriange as special advisor to the minister to bring about all-round improvement at the Ministry.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia
The Okavango Region native first joined SWAPO in 1974 at the age of 22. A health worker by profession, Nghidinwa ran several community health centres in the Okavango Region for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN). She represented the ELCIN at the Lutheran World Conference in 1987 and served on the Church's governing council from 1991-1996.
Nghidinwa was married to Sam Nghidinwa until his abrupt death in February 2009. He died at the family's Cimbebasia suburban household while cleaning a family vehicle. He was 58 and owned Katwitwi Construction Company in Rundu at the time of his death. She has 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls.