Namibia has made progress in gender equality but more is needed: Geingob

08 Mar 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibia has made progress in achieving gender equality over the past three decades but needs to do more, President Hage Geingob has said.
“International Women’s Day invites us to reflect on the journey we have travelled in achieving the goal of gender equality. It also reminds us about the efforts we have made since Independence and summons us to renew our commitment to gender equality and fighting the scourge of gender-based violence,” Geingob said in a media statement issued Friday.
He said as a nation, Namibia has consolidated equality, including that of women, in its laws.
“Article 10 of the Namibian Constitution states that ‘All persons shall be equal before the law and no persons may be discriminated against on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status’,” said Geingob.
He also stated that Namibia's gender policies and plans of action are fully geared towards the empowerment of women, adding that the empowerment of women is a human right and not a favour.
“Even if we should do more, I am satisfied that women continue to play a leading role in business, sports and politics, including in our executive and legislature,” the president said.
He further noted at a 1997 congress the Swapo Party made a decision to increase the participation of women in the legislature by passing a resolution to increase the proportion of female delegates to the party’s congress to 50 per cent.
“All our efforts must continue to be centred on the empowerment and education of the girl-child. Education is the greatest equaliser and is also a powerful weapon in our fight against the undesirable feminisation of poverty,” Geingob said.
Namibia has adopted the National Gender Policy and two plans of action, the National Gender Plan of Action and the National Gender-Based Violence Plan of Action, which is aligned to regional and continental instruments, the Southern African Development Community Protocol on Gender and Development, the Maputo Protocol and the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa.
The country also holds the award by the African Gender Forum for the top performing country in Africa as part of the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign, Geingob said.