National review of Beijing Declaration launched

17 Jun 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Monday launched the Comprehensive National Level Review on the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
The 1995 declaration was adopted in China to enforce commitments on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Namibia embarked on the process of developing the first National Gender Policy in 1997. The policy was revised and resulted in the National Gender Policy for 2010 to 2020.
The revised policy was based on 12 priority areas aligned to the Beijing Declaration. These amongst others included poverty and rural development; education and training; health; reproductive health and HIV, gender-based violence and economic empowering.
“The year 2020 will be a pivotal year for the accelerated realisation of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls as the global community marks the 25th silver anniversary of the adoption of the declaration and platform action,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the United Nations Economic and Social Council will undertake to review and assess progress in the implementation of the declaration in 2020, which will also include assessing the current challenges that affect the implementation of the agreed actions in member states.
She noted that Namibia will undertake the review and submit a report on the progress made towards the declaration for the period of 2014 to 2019.
“Since inception Namibia has submitted four reports and the current review builds on the last report, which was submitted in 2015.”
As per the Namibian review process completed since 1995, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila highlighted that progress had been made in areas such as education; health; women in politics and decision-making.
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is overseeing the review process as well as the drafting of the report on the implementation of the declaration with consultation from various stakeholders such as Cabinet, private sector, civil society organisations, academia, women and community-based organisations.
“The regional report will form part of the African chapter in the global report to be presented to the 64th session of the commission on the Status of Women in 2020.
The finalised report will be popularised with the public through meetings and the media,” she said.