Women deserve better

30 November 2018 | Columns

Two stories we carried yesterday once again highlighted the uphill battle women are facing the world over in terms of securing equality and other simple rights which men take for granted.

The first dealt with so-called ‘traditional beliefs’ that are leading to gender-based violence being used to ‘discipline’ women in the Kavango regions. Generally, it is apparently accepted in these communities that it is right when a man beats his wife. A phrase has even been coined in Rukwangali - ‘mungwa gepata’ - which refers to this as a form of discipline.

The second story dealt with an unfolding sex-for-jobs scandal at the African Union.

Namibia’s very own Bience Gawanas, who is a former AU commissioner and the current United Nations special advisor on Africa, revealed that the UN is facing similar challenges

She was reacting to recent bombshell revelations that an AU high-level committee investigation had confirmed the prevalence of sexual harassment perpetuated by supervisors, who demand sex from short-term contract staff, as well as interns and youth volunteers, in exchange for permanent jobs.

Gawanas added that the outcome of the investigation should serve as a wake-up call for many organisations, both continentally and globally.

According to an AU statement, it appointed a committee on 24 May to fully investigate all alleged institutional malpractices, following allegations of the harassment of women made in an anonymous letter.

The statement said from the evidence presented to the committee, both male and female superiors were reportedly harassing and bullying their subordinates.

Both these shocking stories paint a bleak picture of what women are facing in Namibia, as well as continentally and globally.

The basic rights of not being beaten by a spouse for alleged cheekiness or not being harassed at a workplace remains out of reach for females the world over.

This has severe impacts on the economic development of women, and by implication their families. It is shocking that archaic stereotypes and practices still blight the modern-day landscape. They need to be pulled out root and stem.

Similar News

 

Our big-spending defence ministry

11 hours ago | Columns

Recent calls by parliamentarians in the National Council to increase the defence budget make for interesting reading. Onesi constituency councillor Titus Kanyele recently suggested more...

The thorny street kid issue

1 day - 12 December 2018 | Columns

A study has found that children who live on the streets are primarily driven there by poverty.It found that the majority of Windhoek street children...

Suitable for the Namibian context

2 days ago - 11 December 2018 | Columns

We were pleased to see that the justice minister, Sacky Shangala, has held consultations with regards to sales in execution of homes. He met with...

The joy and love in Christmas carols

2 days ago - 11 December 2018 | Columns

Justicia Shipena Some people dislike December because they hate hearing Christmas music everywhere they go, or because standing in those long lines to purchase your...

The joy and love in Christmas carols

5 days ago - 08 December 2018 | Columns

Justicia Shipena Some people dislike December because they hate hearing Christmas music everywhere they go, or because standing in those long lines to purchase your...

Enough is enough!

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

A five-day police operation conducted in all SADC countries has exposed rampant child neglect in Namibia, and it's shocking, too say the least.The crime-fighting operation,...

Corruption - A social disease (Part 150): Ministers’ accountability...

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

Johan Coetzee - This article focuses on the recent case of John Mutorwa, the previous Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development’s appointment of the...

Trying new things, the 2019 motto

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

A new year is dawning upon us and we will soon be reading about New Year's resolutions and things that will be left behind in...

Auntie Nangy

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

I am a grown manDear Auntie NangyI am a 17-year-old, I’m on school break and my mother is a little paranoid with me leaving the...

Hunger a threat to democracy

1 week ago - 06 December 2018 | Columns

In her book titled 'Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It', Zambian-born international economist and...

Latest News

Cops heavily in debt

11 hours ago | Police

The police chief, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, yesterday gave President Hage Geingob a frank overview of the tragic state of affairs in the force.According to him...

Iilonga hailed as steadfast, courageous

11 hours ago | People

Tributes are pouring in for struggle veteran Petrus Iilonga, who died on Tuesday evening at the age of 71.Iilonga was a former trade unionist and...

Another tough half-year for Nictus

11 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – The recession continued eroding the profit of Nictus Holdings in the first six months of its current financial year, but its impact...

Our big-spending defence ministry

11 hours ago | Columns

Recent calls by parliamentarians in the National Council to increase the defence budget make for interesting reading. Onesi constituency councillor Titus Kanyele recently suggested more...

At your fingertips

11 hours ago | Technology

Yolanda Nel - After a break-in at her home three years ago, an entrepreneur decided to develop an app that provides emergency contact numbers at...

B1 crash claims three

11 hours ago | Accidents

Three men died on the Okahandja-Otjiwarongo road yesterday morning when their vehicles collided after one of the cars had crashed into a cow standing in...

Namvet to play politics

11 hours ago | Politics

The Namibia War Veterans Trust (Namvet) says it is considering entering the political fray by participating in the 2019 national elections after all attempts to...

Communities in dire need of...

11 hours ago | Disasters

Several areas have been identified as “hot spots” where communities are suffering from chronic water shortages and emergency water assistance is required. Agriculture...

Africa Briefs

11 hours ago | Economics

Tanzania to sign deal for power plantTanzania will sign a deal this week for the construction of a US$3 billion hydroelectric power plant, president John...

Load More