National action plan on women, peace and security launched

19 Jun 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday launched the Namibia National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
The action plan is aimed at strengthening women’s influence and meaningful participation in peace processes, including peace negotiations and mediation as well as in broader peace and state building.
Speaking at the launch here, Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia has adopted the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; a landmark which not only changed the face of women in conflict and post conflict situations but also recognised and reaffirmed the crucial role women play in these situations.
She said Namibia has demonstrated the political will to create gender equality and mainstreaming in the security sector and to prevent violence against women, adding that at present there is a 23 per cent representation of women in the defence force making Namibia one of the countries with the highest proportion of women in the force in the Southern African Community Development (SADC) region.
“These gains are not enough there is more work to be done nationally, regionally and internationally. The 2015 global study revealed that the implementation of women in peace and security agenda is still lagging and many countries still need to adopt national action plans and implement them,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah noted that the process of developing the Namibian action plan was achieved through a holistic and comprehensive process where meetings were held with key relevant institutions and nationwide consultations.
“It was important to have a comprehensive process because the action plan also needed to confront emerging issues, trends and threats to peace and security such as climate change, cyber security and trafficking in persons amongst others,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia is in the process of establishing an International Women’s Peace Centre in Windhoek, which will focus amongst others on research aspects of mediation and negotiations as well as capacity building on women issues related to gender-based violence.
At the same occasion United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Rachel Odede, said Namibia is amongst the 80 UN member states who have developed a national action plan for the implementation of the Resolution 1325 adopted in 2000.
“Namibia’s approach to develop the action plan should be applauded as there is a need for a bold and integrated approach to women in peace and security issues,” she noted.