Hons. Faustina Caley (extreme left) and Agnes Kafula (fourth from left) who represented the Namibian Parliament at the CWP sensitization workshop in Arusha, Tanzania
|Story by George Sanzila
The Commonwealth Women’s Parliament (CWP) Africa region Steering Committee sensitization workshop for the newly elected sub regional representatives was held in Arusha, Tanzania from 26 to 28 October 2019. The CWP is comprised of women parliamentarians from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) member countries in Africa. Namibia was represented at the sensitization workshop by Hons. Agnes Kafula and Faustina Caley.
The workshop themed “Enhancing women’s participation in electoral process” was also intended to take stock of past programmes implemented during the tenure of the previous steering Committee members and those to be carried over for implementation during the next three-year period from 2019-2022.
Presentations made during the meeting included Violence and discriminatory Practices Against women, Women Politicians and the Media, Building Democracy through Women Participation in electoral Processes as voters and candidates and Barriers Against Women Participation in Elections. With Namibia being one of leading countries in terms of women representation in parliament, currently at over 46%, Hon. Kafula, the newly elected Southern Africa Sub-Regional Representative, elaborated on the systems devised by the country to achieve this high number of Women representation.
Some of the resolutions reached at the end of the workshop include compelling parliaments to enact laws that will ensure balanced representation of women and their protection during the electoral process. The workshop ended on Monday (28/10/2019).