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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 leadership positions.

"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."


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