Country summary

Board Member Emily May Brown
Staff Members Fabian Sampaya – Manager                                                      Veronika Haimbili – Officer
When registered 2012
Alliance focal network NANGOF/Alliance
Government COEs 36
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Media COEs 1
Key partners Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare; Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN); The Namibian Association of Local Authority Officers (NALAO); Polytechnic of Namibia (PON); and Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders (AMICAALL).

Watch the video on progress made in gender equality in the region

Read more in the Namibia country report.

NAMIBIA Strategy 2016 – 2020

Zelda Natasha Hakskeen – Namibia

Zelda Natasha Hakskeen – Namibia

I am juggling the responsibilities of being a junior council representative of Keetmanshoop, a youth activist, and a clerical assistant at the ministry of youth. Even though I’m only 19, I endeavor to come up with initiatives and programs to build capacity in lives of the youth around Keetmanshoop.

May 29, 2012 Themes: Climate change | Gender equality | Young Women | Youth

Magdalena Oais – Namibia

Magdalena Oais – Namibia

My most memorable experience with Gender Links was when I joined in a 16 Days of Activism march against gender based violence. Gender Links and the Witvlei council organised the march jointly. This march was so significant to me, because a woman had just been killed in Witvlei by her partner and this march meant we were taking action to protest against such malpractices.

May 29, 2012 Themes: Gender based violence | Local Government

Fiina Elago – Namibia

Fiina Elago – Namibia

As a local authority, we deal with the ordinary man on the street; that’s where there’s a lot of work to be done. We need to disseminate information. It’s my personal goal to advocate for women to be involved. In the community now, there’s a problem involving women in the council. If I have a meeting, women don’t think they can go stand in front of people. There is a belief, and cultural norm, that they can’t do this. Through Gender Links, we have learned ways of overcoming this. Now, we work with the women. We give them space to develop a speech, and then practice it in front of a group, to get rid of that fear. We start with one step, and then more further. At the moment, we are doing this on a minimal scale, but we want to build confidence on a larger scale. This takes time.

Help wanted: Sex workers in Katutura, Namibia

HIV/AIDS and legal reform are at the forefront of public discourse regarding commercial sex workers in Namibia. They are marginalized and at risk of beating, harassment and HIV. Decriminalisation could empower sex workers to seek legal redress when forced to engage in life-threatening activity. Sex workers should be able to report crimes committed against them to police. The government should educate sex workers and the public about their rights.

We must choose life: Writings by Namibian women on culture, violence, HIV and AIDS

This is a compilation of writings by Namibian women addressing issues of culture and violence that they confront in their lives. Writing, culture, HIV and women’s rights workshops were held as part of a resistance writing project. Through these writings we gain an insight into the lives of Namibian women, their fears and joys and their trials and triumphs. We are also made aware of the many reasons why girls and women become infected with HIV and AIDS, including the culture of silence around sexuality. In these writings we see Namibian women choosing life.

Between yesterday and tomorrow: writings by Namibian women

“Women, wipe away your tears and fears. For even if Culture is here to stay It is changing for the better You have been … daughters So that they do not have to undergo the pains that you’ve endured for so long in your hearts…À This is a compilation of writings by Namibian women. Poetry and fiction gave the women who contributed to this book the freedom to critically explore those aspects of Namibian cultures that oppress women. The common themes that thread throughout the writings include the oppressive discourses and practices in our cultures, rape and abuse of women and girls, women loving women and the celebration of courageous women’s lives. It is hoped that these writings “will hit home straight into the heart of the Namibian people.À

Our lives in our hands: photographs and text by Namibian women

62% of Namibians living with HIV/AIDS are women. This photobook is the culmination of a project of the Women’s leadership Centre assessing the impact of HIV/AIDS on women’s lives and assessing the links between HIV/AIDS and culture, violence and poverty, as well as the ways in which women resist cultural practices that put them at risk of HIV infection.

National Strategic Framework for HIV and AIDS response in Namibia 2010/11 – 2015/16

HIV/AIDS is the gravest development challenge for Namibia. The National Strategic Framework has been developed as a means to confront this challenge. It is published by the Ministry of Health and Social Services and it defines and outlines the actions to be taken and the ways in which Namibia will respond to HIV and AIDS over the period of the next six years.

Voices of Namibian Women reading guide

Women’s rights and writings workshops led to the publication of two anthologies of short stories, poetry and other genres. Most of their materials were authored by workshop participants and contributions solicited through advertisements in the print media and this reading guide is intended to facilitate the reading and discussion of these and other texts in women’s and girls’ groups, leading to a deeper understanding and building of solidarity for social transformation. The organisation promotes the voice, visibility and leadership of Namibian women, particularly those from poor, rural and
marginalised sectors of society who are still struggling for the full recognition of their human rights perspective.

Customary laws on inheritance in Namibia

Namibia currently has dual laws on succession. This is a report developed by the Gender Research and Advocacy Project of the Legal Assistance Centre which looks at issues and questions for consideration in developing new legislation on inheritance, particularly in relation to customary law in Namibia.



Country ManagerFabian Sampaya
Phone00264 81 3625989
Address13 Storch Street Windhoek, Namibia