Namibia aims for equal access to services, roles for women as agents of peace

Namibia has paid special attention to women’s empowerment and gender equality, an integral part of its Constitution. Significant targets have been met, such as an increase in the number of girls in primary and secondary school, and a boost in the share of women in the National Assembly to 46 per cent in 2015. Still, challenges remain, so Namibia commits to women’s empowerment and ensuring that women's rights are protected in all areas, and to ensuring that women have access to services for education, health and employment, among others. It will fight gender-based violence, and make sure women can play their roles as agents of peace at the community and national levels. Namibian women in uniform will continue to serve in UN peacekeeping. Speaking at the Global Leaders' Meeting on 27 September 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said: “Namibia commits herself to continue to sensitize our people to fully embrace the critical role women play in society.” [Speech]