Namibia makes strides in women empowerment

Hage Geingob
Hage Geingob

Namibian President Hage Geingob on Wednesday told a gathering of Pan African Women’s Organization assembling in Namibia that his country has made significant progress in addressing gender disparities with women now occupying key government positions.

Geingob reiterated that women occupy strategic portfolios such as international relations and cooperation and the higher and lower education portfolios.

“We also have several women deputy ministers in key ministries as well as other key-decision making positions. Our parliament comprises 46 percent women,” he said.

The Namibian president reckons that the advancement in promoting the empowerment of women has not gone unnoticed across the African continent.

“In 2018, I was honoured to receive the African Excellence Award for Gender and last year (2019), the African Gender Index Award ranked Namibia amongst the top three countries promoting parity between men and women in terms of economic and social advancement, representation and empowerment, ” he said.

Geingob said Namibia, as a country with firm belief in women empowerment, does not pay lip service to women’s empowerment.

Geingob also called on other African countries to continue driving the agenda of empowering women and creating an environment where women have the same opportunities as men. Enditem

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