NAMIBIA is now fourth worldwide regarding the number of female parliamentarians, according to the Swapo Party Women's Council.
This was revealed by Hilma Nikanor on behalf of the SPWC's secretary Petrina Haingura yesterday at a press conference on the outcome of a council meeting held on 9 April in Windhoek.
Nikanor said the country also has the second-highest number of women parliamentarians in Africa, and thanked President Hage Geingob for agreeing to amend the Swapo Party constitution in order to allow the 50/50 gender representation in all structures of the party.
"Namibia now stands at 46% of women in parliament, second in Africa and fourth in the world," she stated. Although Nikanor did not indicate from which index she was quoting, National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi reaffirmed yesterday that Namibia was doing well internationally in terms of women representation.
The SPWC meeting was called to discuss the upcoming congress to be held in December this year. It was called in accordance with the SPWC's constitutional provisions to ensure a smooth and fruitful congress that will reshape the roadmap for the next five years and take the SPWC to a higher level.
Nikanor said they agreed to establish the National Congress' Preparatory Committee to be headed by Haingura, and regional committees to be headed by the regional coordinators. Sub-committees will also be established for the smooth running of the congress' preparations.
"All 14 regions were directed to conduct restructuring processes and to hold regional conferences prior to the congress, in accordance with the SPWC constitution," she noted.
The meeting also agreed to hold an extraordinary central committee meeting to review progress on the congress' preparations.
"The meeting noted with concern that gender-based violence is on the increase in our country, and asks that the culprits responsible for these barbaric practices be punished appropriately. We are all Namibians in one house. Let us stop this violence and change our mindset to respect all human lives," she said.
The meeting further resolved to have a 14-member advisory committee to advise the SPWC leadership in the execution of its duties and functions.