NAMIBIA: GENDER/NBC/5/6/18 SABANews 1
WINDHOEK – Former President ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF of LIBERIA has commended NAMIBIA for taking the lead in laws that enhance women’s welfare.
She says the SADC country has laws and policies that break the portrayal of women as inferior to men, and bring them on par with their male counterparts.
Ms JOHNSON-SIRLEAF says the ruling SWAPO Party’s policy of equal gender representation in decision-making shows such will.
NAMIBIA now has 47 women out of the 106 lawmakers in the National Assembly, and 10 out of 42 members in the National Council.
However, some senior female civil servants have pointed out access to post-natal healthcare, teenage pregnancies, poverty, and sexual abuse as some challenges facing women in general.
The AFRICAN UNION Special Envoy on Women, Peace, and Security, BINERA DIOP, has in turn commended Ms JOHNSON-SIRLEAF’s advocacy for the rights of women while she was President of LIBERIA.
The UN Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriages, NYARADZAYI GUMBONZVANDA says renaming child marriages to child rape or such harsher names will reduce the practice.
Former President JOHNSON-SIRLEAF is the FIRST woman Head of State in AFRICA and she won the MO IBRAHIM Award last year for stepping down after serving LIBERIA for TWO terms.
The UNITED NATIONS says women and girls, everywhere, must have equal rights and opportunity, and be able to live free of violence and discrimination.
The world body says women’s equality and empowerment is the FIFTH of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and it is integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development./Sabanews/cam