WINDHOEK, 14 APR – There is a need for gender quotas to be extended to regional and national councils, research by the Afrobarometer has revealed.
Its survey report issued Thursday also said more than 70 per cent of respondents are of the view that all political parties should be mandated to ensure 50/50 representation of men and women in the National Assembly (NA).
About 59 per cent of the 1 200 respondents who took part in the survey say that having more women in the NA has made it more effective.
Speaking at the release of the report, Brian Riruako of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) endorsed the findings, saying while the number of women in the NA has increased, many of them are silent on key issues.
The survey was conducted on adult Namibians interviewed in November 2017. A sample of this size, according to the report, yields country level results with a margin of error of about 3 per cent, at a 95 per cent confidence level.
Previous surveys conducted in Namibia were in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2012 and in 2014.
In compliance with the Southern African Development Community Gender and Development Protocol, the Swapo party amended its constitution in order to bring about a 50/50 representation.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic and related issues in Africa, with the Namibia team being led by the Institute for Public Policy Research.