NYWA wants share in 50-50 gender representation

05 Dec 2013 13:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – The National Young Women Association (NYWA) wants at least a 15 per cent share of the 50-50 gender representation in decision-making bodies by 2015 as required by the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
The newly-elected president of the NYWA, Hallo Angala, said this in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday.
Angala said this demand for 15 per cent of the gender representation to go to young women forms part of the resolutions taken by members of the NYWA during their first-ever convention held at Ondangwa in northern Namibia last month.
She explained that the NYWA that this would be a good strategy to groom and prepare young women for leadership positions in future.
According to Angala, the NYWA is an association which strives only to uplift the agendas of young women in Namibia, irrespective of their political affiliation.
“What we seek to do is create a network of mentors composed of women in leadership positions, be it economic, health and governance, in order to bridge the gap between women, young women and the girl children in the country,” she said.
Resolutions that were passed by the NYWA convention including the supporting of current gender-based violence interventions, advocacy for strict and full implementation of the Liquor Act (Act No. 6 of 1998) and closure of illegal alcohol outlets by the City Police in Windhoek and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
The convention, according to Angala, also condemned the raping of women and sexual harassment, and called on all young Namibian women to organise themselves towards the creation of alternatives for their fellow young women who resort to dumping babies.
The NYWA convention was attended by some 300 young women from all constituencies around the country and has elected a leadership of 11 members to serve the association in different portfolios for the next four years.
Angala is deputised by Emilia Shikwa, while the secretary-general and vice-secretary-general of the association are Mbatemua Kamatjipose and Klaudia Nangobe, respectively.
The association was initiated some three years ago.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development is aimed at promoting women's empowerment and eliminating gender-based discrimination through the achievement of gender equity.