SWAPO set to adopt gender parity
By Asser Ntinda
Next week's SWAPO Party's extra-ordinary congress will result in a revolutionary move that will make it mandatory for a fifty-fifty gender equality in decision-making organs of the
Party and the government structures.
The Congress will take place
in Swakopmund next weekend.
SWAPO Party Secretary
General, Cde Nangolo
Mbumba, said amendments to
the Party's Constitution would
be the only items on the agenda.
"We must recognize that
women have a role to play. We
must bring them on board. We
have finally agreed to a fiftyfifty
gender balance. That gender
balance has implications. It
means that we must truly and
faithfully live by that policy,"
said Cde Mbumba.
"We must make sure that our
sisters and mothers gain access
to political power. They must
be ready to spend their time and
energy on political issues, on
delivering services. That is the
major change the Congress will
adopt. Even at the level of the
top four, it will be fifty-fifty."
Cde Mbumba said that all the
logistical preparations had been
finalized and about 600 delegates
would attend the Congress
to effect the amendments
to the Party's Constitution. He
said that the gender balance
policy should not be looked at
cosmetics, adding that women
must be prepared to deliver
when they were elected into
"Adopting gender balance is
one thing," he said. "Staying the
course and walking the talk is
quite another. Women must be
prepared to deliver with dignity
and honour. They must be prepared
to live up to their tasks."