Namibia only country to sign agreement amending SADC Protocol on Gender

Namibia only to sign agreement amending SADC Protocol on Gender
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Namibia has become the only country among SADC member states to sign the draft agreement amending the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
President Hage Geingob told the media at Lozitha, Swaziland, that the signing follows Namibia's comparative performance in gender representation back home.
The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development provides for empowering women, eliminating discrimination and achieving gender parity.
It also encourages the development and implementation of gender responsive legislation, policies, programmes and projects.
Namibia's gender representation is a success story, following the SWAPO Party's decision to adopt the equal representation strategy.
President Geingob said women representation in key decision-making structures in the government and social sectors improved remarkedly, citing the appointment of first female prime minister.
However, Dr Geingob was concerned about less representation of women in the private sector.
Therefore, the Head of State said the SADC Protocol would apply to all sectors, as many countries had declared war on poverty and had pushed to include formerly marginalised groups in development.