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Concerns rise over alarming teenage pregnancy rates in Ohangwena Region

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The number of teenage pregnancies in the Ohangwena Region is alarming.

Authorities report over 9,000 cases between January 2022 and April this year.

These girls were all under the age of 19.

The rather disturbing statistics were revealed by the Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, at the commemoration of the Day of the African Child at Nghifikwa Ndailikana Primary School in Ohangwena.

Namibia achieves gender parity in NA

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Namibia has attained a 50-50 gender balance in the National Assembly, the spokesman of the lower house of parliament, Sakeus Kadhikwa, confirmed. 

Kadhikwa marked the achievement as a milestone, as Namibia is the only country so far in Africa that has reached gender balance in parliament.

The development underscores the nation's commitment to promoting inclusivity and equal representation in its political sphere. 

Swapo highlights infrastructure progress in Zambezi recruitment drive

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The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus, says over the past 33 years, the Swapo Party-led government has delivered the most needed infrastructure development throughout the country.

She says the government has delivered educational and health infrastructure, roads, and other key elements with the potential to drive the socio-economic transformation of all Namibians.

Theofelus remarked this during a Swapo Party recruitment drive at Kalimbeza Village in the Zambezi Region, where she received 39 new members.

4th Artillery Brigade celebrate women's day

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General Officer Commanding the 4th Artillery Brigade, General Alweendo Namukwambi, has called on Namibians to work together to create a safe space for women.

General Namukwambi was speaking at the celebration of International Women's Day at the Jonas Shoongeleni Ndeimana Barracks outside Otjiwarongo.

As Namibia joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Women's Day, General Namukwambi says countless women are occupying leadership positions, including in the fields of science, the arts, and technology.

President Mbumba confident of reduction in GBV

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President Nangolo Mbumba is confident that the Combating of Domestic Violence Act will lead to a reduction of gender-based violence in Namibia.

In a statement released on the eve of International Women's Day, President Mbumba said that while Namibia has made progress in addressing gender equality, the gaps remain in the fight to end the unabating scourge of gender-based violence.

Brutal abuse of minor condemned

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The Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare Ministry has condemned the brutal abuse of a 5-year-old girl by her family members in the Omaheke Region.

The incident, which happened towards the end of July, came to light in a video circulated on social media.

The Chief Public Relations Officer in the ministry, Lucas Haufiku, strongly condemned the act against the 5-year-old, who was allegedly assaulted by her three cousins, aged 6, 8, and 12, together with her aunt, at her uncle's home.

Nicanor urges NDF to accelerate gender equality in leadership positions

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The Deputy Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Hilma Nicanor, has implored the Namibian Defense Force (NDF) to accelerate efforts that address gender parity within its leadership structure.

Even though there has been a significant improvement in the general promotion of all NDF members, women are still lagging behind, making it difficult for them to participate in decision-making processes.

Youth get training in poultry farming in Rundu

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The Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare in the Kavango East Region have added poultry farming to its community income-generating activities' support.

At least 23 beneficiaries, the majority of them youth, underwent poultry farming skills training at Rundu to introduce them to chicken farming.

The regional head of the ministry, Benedikta Kamunoko, says income-generating projects are aimed at empowering rural communities to be food secure and self-reliant.