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NAMIBIA’S ‘ZEBRA’ POLITICS

NAMIBIA’S ‘ZEBRA’ POLITICS

At the Forum of Women Parliamentarians held as part of the 137th IPU Assembly, the EWC journalists interviewed Juliet Undjee Mupurua, Deputy Secretary of the National Council of Namibia. She shared about the so-called zebra system that ensures equal representation of men and women in politics. 

According to the interviewee, Namibia has ratified international legal instruments on women empowerment. Today men and women in the speaker’s country are equal. Moreover, Namibian women are being assisted in order they could become good leaders. 

There are less than 50% of women among the members of Namibia's Parliament. However, women parliamentarians occupy high positions there. For example, women head the National Assembly and the National Council. Namibia’s Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation are also women. 

One of the recent achievements in women’s advancement in the country is that almost all political parties there use the so-called zebra system, thanks to which men and women succeed each other. If a minister is a women then her deputy must be a man, and vice versa. In Namibia, this system is applied in different political structures. 

Nikolay Gavrilov, Viktoria Yezhova, Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov


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