Inheritance practices hinder gender equality

ONDANGWA: President Hage Geingob says it is the responsibility of traditional leaders to confront practices that are holding the nation back.

Geingob said this whilst officially opening the 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia underway at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region since Monday.

He took inheritance practices, which often result in women and children being dispossessed of family assets, as an example of practices that hold people back.

While on the topic of the protection of women, Geingob registered his indignation at the persistence of Gender-Based violence and the increase in Namibians being killed by their intimate partners.

He said gender-based violence is a curse which afflicts society and robs Namibia of much-needed talent.

Geingob pointed out that the Traditional Authority Act 25 of 2000 tasks traditional authorities with the responsibility of promoting gender equality with regards to positions of traditional leadership.

Traditional leaders from across the Namibian nation are attending the five-day 18th AGM of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia, which is headed by King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of the Ondonga Traditional Authority.