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Namibia needs to consolidate its policies to drive gender equality in politics and business, Namibian Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said Friday.

In a speech read on her behalf at the Confident Women Awards meant to honor outstanding Namibian women, Nandi-Ndaitwah said women in Namibia who are the majority need to play a more meaningful role in decision making.

She said the emancipation of women was in line with the country’s 50-50 representation in parliament as well as government on all positions of influence.

“There are many Namibian women playing major roles in the country’s economy, but more needs to be done,” she said.

She reiterated the need for women in small to medium scale enterprises to be given access to capital.

Speaking at the same event, former First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba said Namibian women have done tremendously well in empowering themselves in business, but more still needs to be attained on the political front.

She added that Namibia is a signatory to different protocols that empower women both regionally and internationally, and the country should follow these with implementation of women empowering policies. Enditem

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