22 Nov 2018 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has expressed dismay at the fact that the representation of women in the private sector lags behind that of the public sector.
This demonstrates that we have a long way to go to promote gender equality in the private sector, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Tuesday when she opened the seventh meeting of Secretaries of Wings of Former Liberation Movements in Southern Africa.
The proportion of female employees in the private sector, according to her, stands at 42 per cent.
Namibia has over the past years introduced deliberate initiatives that promote and advance gender equality in the public sector.
One such initiative is the Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare, which started as a department in the Office of the President and the Women and Child Unit under the Namibian Police which is dedicated to deal with gender-based violence, she explained, adding that Namibia has since progressed on the road to gender equality.
The Equity Commission, according to the Premier, shows that of the total 113 659 workforce of central government, over half are women at 64 237, which represents 57 per cent.
The representation of women at management level in government is 44 per cent.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila further said the Swapo Party has significantly catapulted women into national leadership positions, especially in the legislature.
Of the total of 146 members of Parliament in both the National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC) there are 58 women representing a ratio of 39,7 per cent.
The NA has a higher ratio of women Parliamentarians standing at 48 women out of 104 members, which is a representation of 46 per cent, she said.
The Namibian Cabinet comprises 25 full ministers of which four are women. Fifteen of the 25 deputy ministers are female.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Government through the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare will ensure that all offices and agencies adopt and implement gender responsive programmes.