Namibia to host third annual Nala Feminist summit

WINDHOEK: Namibia is set to host the third edition of the annual Nala Feminist Collection (Nalafem) summit on 01 July, under the theme ‘Women’s Right to Lead.’

The summit, which aims to foster, enable, and mobilise transformative feminist leadership across Africa, was officially sanctioned for hosting by Cabinet in May 2024.

Speaking to Nampa in an interview recently, Nalafem Head of Communications, Noella Ngunyam, said they hope to bridge the gap between policymakers and the communities.

‘Namibia is a gender positive country as it is one of the African countries practicing 50/50 representation in Parliament. We want to enable safety for women who are getting into politics,’ she said.

She further emphasised the need to foster intergenerational accountability by bringing together older and younger generations of women.

Nalafem, which was previously held in Nairobi, Kenya is founded on the basis of a guiding declaration, ‘African Young Women Beijing +25 Manifesto’, which aims to create a platform for infor
mation sharing, capacity support, and financing for young women’s leadership.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology Emma Theofelus, who is one of the 20 members of the Nalafem council, said in May that Cabinet’s approval underscores Namibia’s commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s leadership on both national and continental levels.

Nalafem is expected to launch a project during the summit that supports digital access for 100 Namibian young girls through the provision of laptops, school loans, and digital training, in partnership with MICT.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency