Women Still Hold Fewer Leadership Positions than Men do in Namibia

Namibia | In Namibia, women still fall behind men in leadership positions. In the judiciary, only five women serve as judges out of 24, and 46 magistrates out of 94. The country has 121 regional councilors, only 18 are women. Moreover, while each of the Omaheke, Omusati and the Zambezi regional councils has seven councilors, none of them are women.

These statistics “were presented by Executive Director, in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Wilhencia / Uiras, during the recent three-day capacity building training, enhancing gender equality and women empowerment and regional council’s workshop held in Swakopmund.” This capacity-building workshop was organized to create a platform for collective reflection and consensus building by political party representatives and to foster the compliance with the national, regional, and international commitments for gender equality.

Wilhencia / Uiras said:

“Hence we should start grooming our young minds especially women and young girls if we want to achieve gender equality as these figures speaks for themselves. Let us advocate for decision making structures to become friendlier toward woman advancement and gender equality.”

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