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Namibia

From 2019-2024

Objectives/aims:

1.-Participation:

- Of women in the political and security decision making

- Of women in peace and security structures

-Of civil society in peace and security structures

2.-Prevention:

- Of conflict and all forms of violence against women and girls

- Of impunity for SGBV

- Of SGBV prevention through policy programming and implementation

3.-Protection:

- Of women and children in conflict situations

- Of women and children against SGBV

4.-Relief and Recovery:

- Women’s participation in relief and recovery efforts

- Gender sensitive relief and recovery efforts.

 

Commentary:

Namibia was colonized by Germany (1904-1915) and South Africa (1919-1990), gaining independence in 1990. Post the democratisation of South Africa, traditional threats to Namibia’s security declined substantially. After independence it has had to primarily deal with the spill-over of the Angolancivil war, and in 1998 it deployed troops in support of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), alongside Angola and Zimbabwe.

  

Civil Society:

One of the NAP’s priorities is to ensure the participation of civil society in peace and security. For this reason, from the beginning civil society has been involved,by making it a stakeholder in the processes for the development and implemention of the NAP.

 

Women in Peacekeeping:

Namibia is amongst the countries with the highest levels of women representation in the security sector in the SADC region. In the year 2017, Namibia achieved female representation at 23% in Defence, 38% in Police Force and 44% in Correctional Services. However, at the management level these numbers drop to 14% in the Namibian Defence Force and 21% in the Namibian Police Force. Finally, Namibia still needs to improve in the deployment ofwomen in peace support operations.  Peacekeepers deployed in 2020, 21%% are women and 79% are men.

UN Peacekeeping Statistics:

Police:  5 out of 27

Experts:  1 out of 4

StaffOfficers:  2 out of 7

Sources:

  1. Namibia's NAP
  2. UN Peacekeeping contributions

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