Namibia’s Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Monday that the country still has gender issue despite recording about 50-percent parliamentary representation.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made the remarks during a one-day National Gender Advisory Committee dialogue on the gender policy in Windhoek.
The gender policy aims to create an environment where sectors work towards meeting the National Development Plans.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila singled out gender-based violence cases as well as the high HIV prevalence rates among women.
She also spoke about high unemployment rates among young people, the maternal mortality rate and teenage pregnancies.
All these issues, she pointed out, are signs of gender inequality and addressing them requires a greater focus.
“Ensuring gender equality and women empowerment as fundamental dimensions of advancing human development is our collective responsibility,” she said.
The rime minister said advisory committee members should adopt a multi-sectoral approach to gender equality. Enditem