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Mainstreaming Women in Defence

Mainstreaming Women in Defence Mainstreaming Women in Defence

Staff Reporter

NAMIBIA’S development goals as set out in the NDP5 states that there has been an “Absence of gender-responsive measures for equitable redistribution of productive resources for women and that the country has “Inadequate sex disaggregated data”.
According to the Gender Analysis Report 2017 from the Legal Assistance Centre, the Namibian Defense Force comprises of 23% of women, making Namibia rank second in SADC for the highest proportion of women in the defence force.
Gideon Amaambo, Senior Media Officer at the Ministry of Defence stated that in terms of policy framework Namibia is doing very well in mainstreaming women in the Namibian Defence Force.
The Defence Policy (2011) states, “every section of the Namibian society should be represented in the rank and file of the Namibian Defence Force. The structure and composition of the NDF shall be reflection of the national character.
He added that commitments to making military career attractive to women shall be enforced and women should be accorded equal and equitable employment opportunities within the structures and hierarchy of the MOD and NDF”. Namibia is equally amongst the countries with the highest proportion of women in the Defence Force.

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