Namibia ranks 10 on female representation in NA: Hoebes (The Namibia Press Agency)

Namibia is now commanding the 10th highest position in the world in terms of female (women) representation in the National Assembly (NA).

The country is jointly enjoying or sharing the position alongside Iceland and Nicaragua.

This is contained in the latest figures released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and made available by Christina Hoebes, the Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister in her closing remarks at a three-day Ninth (9th) Namibian Women Summit on Friday which was held in the capital under the theme- ‘Women Embracing Change for Prosperity’.

According to IPU, Namibia’s current female representation in the National Assembly now stands at 41 per cent while about 10 years ago, the country only landed in the 21th position with a 26 per cent of female representation.

‘I am convinced that after the Regional Council elections in November this year (2015), Namibia should be able to move us further on the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s ranking, ‘ stressed the deputy minister in a speech she delivered on behalf of Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amdahila.

Rwanda is still leading the world ranking with a female representation of 63 per cent in that country’s National Assembly.

About 50 women drawn from the country’s 14 political regions took part in the summit, which ends on Friday morning.

The aim of the summit is to accommodate as many women as possible catering for all regions and sectors; including government, private sectors and civil societies and to inspire one another in the execution of their daily business activities.