27 Jun 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) The equal participation of women in decision-making is not only a demand for justice and democracy, but is a necessary condition for womens interests to be taken into account, Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube has said.
The minister made these remarks during her contribution on the debate on equal gender representation in the election process in the National Assembly on Thursday.
The interest of men and women are different and even conflicting and therefore, women need to be in decision-making positions to articulate the interests of women, Manombe-Ncube added.
She further pointed out that there are no visible strides to encourage women to participate in the November elections.
Political agendas can be developed by women taking part in politics through a range of activities such as discussions, debates, lobbying and activism in formal and informal ways, Manombe-Ncube said.
Chief Electoral Officer, Theo Mujoro, recently said the Electoral Commission of Namibia is making active efforts to package its voter education for the youth through social media and influencers, but is yet to detail its plans for women.
Manombe-Ncube further listed challenges faced by women to fully participate in politics, which stem from political structures and processes, as well as the parties themselves, adding that there is hostility among male community leaders and officials regarding womens participation.
Last year, during a self-assessment exercise organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliament of Namibia concluded that there is a need to amend the electoral law to oblige all political parties to field equal numbers of men and women candidates to the National Assembly.
Other recommendations included transforming the National Assemblys womens caucus into a parliamentary standing committee and that male MPs should be involved in womens caucuses as associate members, and should be encouraged to speak out for gender equality and against gender stereotyping.