Namibia

Alliance Focal Point Organization: Namibia Association of Non-governmental Organisations Forum (NANGOF)
Contact Person: Sarry Xoagus
Physical Address: 9 Strauss Street, Windhoek West
Email: namibia@genderlinks.org.za  
Telephone: +264 6121 2503

View the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2015 for Namibia.

Namibia: Govt Scraps Exam Fees for Secondary Education

Windhoek – Namibia has scrapped examination fees for pupils sitting for junior and senior secondary school certificates and it would be effective until 2016, Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has said.

SADC Gender Protocol 2015 Barometer Namibia

SADC Gender Protocol 2015 Barometer Namibia

Namibia has signed and ratified the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development. This major step demonstrates commitment by Namibia in accelerating efforts towards achieving gender equality. The SADC Gender Protocol (SGP) came into force in September 2012. It is now a legally binding document and states are required to domesticate.

Gender Champion

Gender Champion

Having worked for the Ministry of Gender Equality since 2002, Victor Shipo can attest to how gender dynamics in Namibia have evolved in the past 12 years. Shipo said that during his tenure as the Director in the Ministry most of the progressive laws Namibia has today, passed through his office.

Swapo adopts zebra list for upcoming elections

Swapo adopts zebra list for upcoming elections

Namibia’s ruling party, South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) has in its manifesto committed equal gender representation. Late last month, the party unveiled a party list based on a zebra style, 50/50 gender representation. The move is in line with SADC Gender Protocol provisions 12-13 that call for 50% representation of women in decision-making positions in all public and private sectors.

International: Women in peace and gendered reinforcements

International: Women in peace and gendered reinforcements

Johannesburg, 20 September: Tomorrow is International Peace Day. The focus this year is peace education pledging, “to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.À

A recent Gender Links Study on the prevalence of violence against women (VAW) in the Limpopo province of South Africa found that more than half (57%) of women who had attended school said they had been sexually harassed at school or university. They referred to incidents where a teacher, principal or lecturer hinted or threatened that they would fail exams, get bad marks and that their schooling would be adversely affected, if they did not provide sexual favours.

Namibia Costing Report

In 2010, the African Union declared the “Decade for African Women” to boost the many efforts since the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 to ensure gender equality. In the same year, Namibia adopted an updated National Gender Policy that sought to incorporate all relevant international, continental and regional commitments to equality between women and men.

SADC Gender Protocol 2012 Barometer – Namibia

SADC Gender Protocol 2012 Barometer – Namibia

Namibia has made remarkable progress towards meeting the targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development set for 2015.

Namibia is one the 13 countries that have signed and among the 11 that have ratified the SADC Gender Protocol.

Namibia and Seychelles develop costed gender action plans aligned to the SADC Protocol

Namibia and Seychelles develop costed gender action plans aligned to the SADC Protocol

Namibia and Seychelles became the first SADC countries to align their gender action plans to the SADC Protocol targets. The countries followed similar processes but tailored each plan to the country context. Namibia had already begun the process of reviewing its national gender policy but needed to develop a costed gender action plan, while Seychelles first drafted a national gender policy before embarking on the costing exercise.

Namibia: When girls get equal opportunities, the sky is the limit

Namibia: When girls get equal opportunities, the sky is the limit

Sheronice Busch from Namibia won the 2012 leadership category of the regional Local Government and Gender Justice Summit hosted by Gender Links. Despite her young age, she has demonstrated consistency and innovation in championing gender equality.

South Africa and Namibia debate legislated quotas and draft 50/50 layperson bills

South Africa and Namibia debate legislated quotas and draft 50/50 layperson bills

Prompted by recent electoral declines in women’s political representation, activists in Namibia and South Africa have revitalised draft layperson 50/50 bills as a possible way to get more women elected.

Namibia: Electoral reforms could pave way for a legislated quota for women at national level

A significant increase in women’s representation in parliament could become a reality in Namibia’s next elections set for 2014 if the introduction of legislated quotas at national level is adopted.

The country is in the process of conducting public hearings as part of consultations on the proposed Electoral Law Reforms.

Gender education needs boosting in rural areas

Gender education needs boosting in rural areas

“There is a need for more outreach centres throughout Namibia to facilitate the gender education platform,” said Sarry Xoagus-Eises who facilitated the Sixteen Days of activism campaign against gender violence in Namibia in December 2011.