Namibia: Achieving Generation Equality for Namibia

“Gender equity has to be promoted beyond the public sector to cover all segments of society – beyond representation in leadership positions – to permeate all aspects of human endeavour if we are to realise its benefits,” said Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

Though strides have been made in Namibia and globally, much work still needs to be done to achieve full gender equality. Tangible ways to achieve this and to empower women and young people in Namibia were the focus of discussions at a high-level event on generation equality, ahead of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, France, last week. Gender equality, and women and youth empowerment are critical to achieving the 2030 Development Agenda.

To achieve generation equality, more work needs to be done, said Sen Pang, resident coordinator for UN in Namibia.

“Over the past 25 years, tremendous progress has been made on gender equality. However, that progress is uneven. In many parts of the world, women and girls are still subjected to gender inequalities and harmful practices, with limited access to health, education and political participation. Gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls is still a widespread and persistent global issue.”

This includes Namibia; from April 2020 to March 2021, more than 5 000 cases of GBV against women were reported, of which 21% were rape and sexual assault of young women, the Namibian Police Force reported.

Gender inequality also impacts women and girls’ right to dignity, as Emma Theofelus, Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, pointed out.