AU Commission Chair highlights progress, challenges, and calls for unity on Africa Day


To mark the celebration of Africa Day, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has reflected on Africa's journey from 1963 to 2024, celebrating milestones like liberation from colonialism and apartheid and economic growth. 

He also addressed ongoing challenges such as demographic pressures, social constraints, climate change, and governance issues. 

He highlighted the role of youth and women in shaping the future, called for mobilisation to tackle crises, and promoted peace and security.

Republican Party calls for stricter laws to protect women


The Republican Party says lawmakers need to act with urgency to stop the surge of senseless killings of women.

The party says that lawmakers, as a collective, want to address the issue but are faced with challenges such as a lack of financial resources and capacity.

Prompted by the spate of killings of women in the country, nbc News reached out to the chief of the police, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo, who two weeks ago revealed that since the start of the year, 18 women have been murdered across the country. 

NCRST observes International Day of Girls in ICT


The underrepresentation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields continues to persist despite efforts made to promote diversity and inclusion in STEM.

It's for this reason that a day such as the International Day of Girls in Information and Communication Technology is observed to promote gender equality and empower women and girls in the fields of ICT and science, respectively.

Women's representation in parliament worldwide increases


Women's representation in parliament worldwide has increased slightly from 26.5% to 26.9% this year. 

These statistics were collected after over 60 parliaments in 52 countries held their parliamentary elections in 2023. 

The sub-Saharan Africa region accounts for the third highest, at over 27%. 

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), electoral quotas have been instrumental in improving women's representation, with over 28% of women elected having come from electoral gender quota systems. 

Men urged to commit to a more inclusive world for women


The Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities, Royal Ui|o|oo has called on men to collectively commit to forging a more inclusive world for women. 

He made the remarks while addressing a workshop promoting women's participation in the upcoming elections in the capital today.

|Ui|o|oo said there is a need to redress gender inequalities and eradicate all forms of discrimination against women of all ages in all spheres of life, including women's participation and representation in positions of power and decision-making at all levels.

Women urged to go for cervical screening


World Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is a global health event observed for the entire month of January every year.

It aims to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of regular screening.

Clinical and radiation oncologist Dr. Laina Iiyambo raised concerns regarding the alarming surge of cervical cancer cases in the northern regions.

Emphasising the urgent need for comprehensive education initiatives aimed at raising awareness about the disease.

Cultural Factors Constrain Women's Choices - Dausab


Justice Minister Yvonne Dausab has stressed the need to translate words into action by effectively implementing policies that are inclusive, especially for women.

This, she says, creates an integrated human rights ecosystem, allowing for equal opportunities.

Minister Dausab pointed out that Namibia is doing relatively well in the human rights ecosystem as it has the right policy and constitutional language, explaining that the language in various pieces of legislation is fit to address questions around gender inequality.

MVA Fund hosts 4th Women in Road Safety Conference


The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia recently hosted the 4th Women in Road Safety Conference at Oshakati, under the theme "Empowering Communities for Safer Roads."

The conference was aimed at raising awareness about road safety issues specifically impacting women and empowering communities to take an active role in promoting safer roads for all.

The conference attracted a diverse group of women, road safety advocates, community leaders, and government officials.

Strengthening women in leadership workshop


The Parliament, in collaboration with the International Parliamentary Union, is hosting a three-day workshop aimed at strengthening women's representation in leadership roles.

The speaker, Professor Peter Katjavivi, expressed his satisfaction with the diverse expertise represented by participants from various countries and the IPU Headquarters who are attending the workshop in Swakopmund.

The workshop, Professor Katjavivi says, is intended to produce recommendations on subjects that can be addressed in both legislative chambers concerning gender mainstreaming.

Women are critical actors of peace and security - Phororo


The UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Hopolang Phororo, states that it is imperative for women to be acknowledged as critical actors in the realisation of international peace and security.

Phororo was speaking at the launch of the Namibia International Women Peace Centre's 2023–2028 Strategic Plan.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia called on women to be active participants and shapers of peace and security policies, not just passive recipients of political decisions.