Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said although a lot still needs to be done, Namibia’s rigorous affirmative action drive that gave preferential exposure to female colleagues as well as training in administrative and functional roles have helped.

Addressing an event to mark the International Women’s Day in Windhoek Monday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said it is encouraging to note that 58 percent of professionals and 54 percent of technicians and other professionals in the private sector are women.

She also said 61 percent of civil servants are women and about 42 percent of women occupy top positions in the public and private sectors.

The ruling Swapo Party, however, adopted a zebra-cross system where they have a 50-50 gender representation.

The same sentiments were echoed by the United Nations resident coordinator in Namibia Anita Gbebo who said the government of Namibia has done so much to fight gender-based violence.

In her speech read Tuesday during another commemoration of International Women’s Day held in the sprawling informal settlement of Greenwell Matongo in Katutura, Windhoek, Gbebo said gender parity has been achieved in education with more than 90 percent of boys and girls enrolled and staying in school until Grade Five.

The government of Namibia’s responsive policies and legal frameworks for addressing GBV, Gbebo further said, promotes gender equality. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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