Namibian National Gender Policy (2010-2020)
Namibia developed and adopted its first National Gender Policy (NGP) in 1997. This aimed at closing the gaps created by the socio-economic, political and cultural inequalities that existed previously in Namibian society. To ensure the implementation of the policy, a National Gender Plan of Action was developed in 1998.
In 2010, a review of the 1997 policy was conducted, which showed that some progress had been achieved in the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Namibia, particularly in economic, political, legal and educational spheres. However, despite this progress, many challenges still remained to be addressed to achieve true equality and thus a new policy was developed to address the gaps.
The Namibia National Gender Policy (2010-2020) seeks to create an enabling environment for sectors to mainstream gender in line with National Development Plans (NDPs). It identifies who will be responsible for the implementation of the policy and who will be accountable for gender equality results.
Compared to the first policy, the new policy has 12 critical areas of concern, with two new areas of peace-building and conflict resolution, and natural disaster management; and gender equality in the family context. Other areas have been made more comprehensive to address emerging issues.