Women's Empowerment

Women in Namibia have traditionally suffered discrimination and exclusion from full participation in the political, socio-economic and cultural life of the nation. The root cause for this gender inequality has been the low status of women and girls and negative cultural perceptions of gender roles. Some of the main issues cited are inequitable access to resources, the low participation of women at all levels of decision making and lack of women’s socio-economic empowerment as some of the critical challenges. These issues are augmented by the impacts of HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence and the high levels of food insecurity and income poverty among females, especially in women-headed households. more

Our Goals

UNDP will support the Ministry of Gender Empowerment and Child Welfare to strengthen institutional capacity and accelerate implementation of the national GBV Plan of Action, including through stronger civil society engagement. In an effort by the UN system to provide a well coordinated support to gender equality related interventions in Namibia a UN Gender Theme Group was established in 2011. The Gender Theme Group provides an avenue for the UN Agencies to be fully unified and specifically coordinate the gender mainstreaming efforts of all UN Agencies and providing coordinated support to Government of Namibia and other key partners. more

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Himba woman in Opuwo.

UNDP Gender unit provides support to vulnerable communities, promotes advocacy and awareness for the recognition of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment in Namibia. The unit aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of key service providers and ensure that policies are in place to protect the rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups from gender based violence. Photo - UNDP

Our Stories

  • Part of the GBV art Exhibition show casing a bride muted with tape on her mouth and a young woman tied with a red ribbon on her ankles. Photo - UNDP

    Gender-Based Violence Art Exhibition

    The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in partnership with UNDP, UNAIDS and Victims 2 Survivors successfully hosted a national exhibition titled “Unite to end Gender-based Violence (GBV)” from 28 June to 02 August 2013 at the gallery’s premises in Windhoek. more

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  • Young people in the SAN community received ICT equipments and training supported by UNDP in 2007. Photo - UNDP

    San get on information highway

    Indigenous peoples such as the San have been marginalized by dominant societies and have therefore been excluded from exercising their democratic rights and having access to technologies. But things are changing for the oldest people of Africa. more

Projects and Initiatives

Gender Responsive Procurement Project

UNDP in collaboration with UN Women is supporting the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to implement a Gender-Responsive Procurement project which seeks to introduce engendered procurement as one of the strategies towards gender equality and the empowerment of women. more

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Our Publications
Namibia National Plan on Gender-Based Violence

The Plan of Action outlines actions designed to prevent GBV, to improve the implementation of laws  and services aimed at victims of GBV,  and to provide adequate support services for survivors. In particular, the Plan seeks to address the complex nature of GBV,  encouraging stakeholders to consider the root causes of GBV and to identify areas for improvement in access to and delivery of effective and efficient services.

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