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March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2013 DHS survey of Namibia, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 76.3%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 4.8%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 1.1%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 2.8%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 2.2%. According to a 2006-07 DHS survey, the...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that article 10 of the Constitution provides that all persons are equal before the law and prohibits sex-based discrimination. The Committee is concerned, however, that the article provides a closed list of prohibited grounds, which does not encompass discrimination based on marital and HIV status. The Committee also notes with concern that a number of bills that have an impact on the enjoyment of women’s rights, such as those on marriage, recognition of customary marriages, procurement, marital property, divorce and intestate succession, are pending and there is no specific time frame for their adoption. The Committee calls upon the State party: (a) To adopt a comprehensive legal...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Committee commends the State party for establishing a high-level strategic inter-ministerial committee on domestic violence and violence in general in 2008, but is concerned that most of the proposals made by the Cabinet at a special meeting held on 20 February 2014, such as introducing a witness protection programme for gender-based violence cases, have not been implemented. The Committee is also concerned that the Correctional Service Act (No. 9 of 2012), the Criminal Procedure Act (sects. 60-62) and the Combating of Rape Act (No. 8 of 2000) (sect. 3), which have a bearing on efforts to curb violence against women in the State party, have not been amended to...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: CLCC-LAW-2

"The Committee commends the State party for its efforts in ensuring the registration of children upon birth since the launch of a pilot project on birth registration in 2009. The Committee notes that birth registration by mothers in their maiden names when the father of the child is absent is a culturally sensitive matter in the State party, but is concerned that the requirement that both parents be present during birth registration is an obstacle to the timely registration of children in cases in which one of the parents, usually the male parent, is absent. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Intensify its efforts and provide mechanisms to...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1, AFE-LAW-1, ASR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the revision of the Teenage Pregnancy Policy of 2009 on the prevention and management of pregnancy and the provision of life skills as a subject in schools which, among other things, is focused on the dangers and effects of teenage pregnancy. The Committee is concerned, however, at the high rates of pregnancy that result in girls dropping out of school, in particular in the Kavango and Kunene regions. It is also concerned that girls routinely avoid engineering courses. The Committee is further concerned about the lack of appropriate measures to enforce the law that prohibits corporal punishment and prevent its use in all settings, especially schools. The...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s accession to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto in 2007" (page 2). "The Committee is concerned about the high rates of unemployment among women in the State party. It also notes with concern the continued occupational segregation between women and men in the labour market and the low representation of women in managerial positions in the private sector. The Committee is also concerned that, notwithstanding the concentration of women in domestic work in private households, it has not ratified the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), of the International Labour Organization. It is further concerned at...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, ATDW-PRACTICE-2, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the Legal Aid Act (No. 29 of 1990), as amended by Act No. 17 of 2000, provides for a legal aid scheme in the State party. The Committee is concerned, however, that, notwithstanding the existence of a legal aid scheme, which is based on a means and merit test, women’s access to justice, in particular in civil cases, including divorce, and in cases of gender-based violence, continues to be limited owing in part to reported cuts to the legal aid fund. The Committee recommends that the State party ensure that adequate funding is provided to the legal aid fund and that women, in particular women pursuing...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the ratification of the Convention, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: (a) Child Care and Protection Act, in 2015, which contains provisions on the trafficking of children, including girls, and the minimum age of marriage; (b) Prevention of Organized Crime Act, in 2004 (entered into force in May 2009), which has been used to combat trafficking in human beings, including women and girls" (page 1-2).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ISTD-DATA-1, ISTD-DATA-2, MMR-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, paras. 24 and 25) and commends the State party for its successful programmes aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortions, which have contributed to the increase in the maternal mortality ratio in the State party. The Committee is particularly concerned that, while abortion is permissible on prescribed grounds such as rape, incest, threat to the health and life of the pregnant woman and foetal malformation, pursuant to the Abortion and Sterilization Act of 1975, women still undergo complex and onerous administrative procedures to obtain approval for abortion. The...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Child Care and Protection Act of 2015, which contains a chapter on combating trafficking in children; the inclusion of human trafficking among the 12 areas of focus in the revised National Gender Policy; and the use of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act of 2004 to combat trafficking in human beings as well as in the first criminal conviction in 2015 involving a case of human trafficking. The Committee is concerned, however, that the State party remains a source and destination country for trafficking in human beings, in particular women and girls, mainly for purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation. The Committee...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, para. 14) and reiterates its concern that, notwithstanding the existence of the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act (No. 29 of 1998) and the general provisions on affirmative action under article 23 of the Constitution, temporary special measures are not consistently applied across the various areas covered by the Convention, such as the participation of women in public life, education and employment, in order to accelerate the achievement of substantive equality of women and men. The Committee calls upon the State party to adopt and fully enforce legislative provisions on temporary special measures to increase the participation of women in public life, education and...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Committee commends the State party on its delegation, which was headed by the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka, and included representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation and the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva" (page 1). "The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (a) National Gender Policy (2010-2020); (b) National Gender Plan...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (a) National Gender Policy (2010-2020); (b) National Gender Plan of Action (2010-2020); (c) Gender-responsive budgeting guidelines, approved by the Cabinet in 2014; (d) Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (2006-2020), which are intended to enhance education from early childhood development to lifelong training" (page 2). "The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, para. 12) and reiterates its concern that the provisions of the Convention, the Optional Protocol and the Committee’s general recommendations are not sufficiently...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1, LBHO-LAW-1, LBHO-DATA-1, GP-DATA-1, GP-DATA-6

"The Committee commends the State party for its achievements in attaining 47 per cent representation of women in Parliament during the presidential and parliamentary elections held in 2014. The Committee is concerned, however, that those achievements were based on voluntary commitments of political parties to increase the participation of women in politics and that proposals to amend the electoral law, with the aim of having more prescriptive measures to accelerate the participation of women in political life, were rejected. The Committee is particularly concerned at the low representation of women in the judiciary, ministerial positions and senior positions in the diplomatic service, and at the regional and local levels of...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the decisions of the High Court and the Supreme Court of Namibia in the case of Government of Namibia v. LM and Others, in which the High Court found that three HIV-positive women had been sterilized without their informed consent in violation of their rights under Namibian law. The Committee is concerned, however, at the lack of information on the extent of the problem of forced sterilizations of HIV-positive women. It is also concerned at the lack of information on the specific legislative and policy measures taken with regard to sterilization, including the lack of a clear definition of free, prior and informed consent in cases of...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, paras. 24 and 25) and commends the State party for its successful programmes aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortions, which have contributed to the increase in the maternal mortality ratio in the State party. The Committee is particularly concerned that, while abortion is permissible on prescribed grounds such as rape, incest, threat to the health and life of the pregnant woman and foetal malformation, pursuant to the Abortion and Sterilization Act of 1975, women still undergo complex and onerous administrative procedures to obtain approval for abortion. The...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, MURDER-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes the State party’s legislative and policy measures to combat violence against women, such as the enforcement of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (No. 4 of 2003) and the adoption of the National Plan of Action on Gender-based Violence (2012-2016). The Committee is concerned, however, at the high prevalence of violence against women and girls, such as rape and murder, committed by intimate partners. The Committee is also concerned at the low rate of prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women and the frequent withdrawal of cases by women who are victims of violence. It is further concerned that, notwithstanding the State party’s efforts to establish shelters...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-2, ERBG-PRACTICE-3, ERBG-LAW-2, ERBG-DATA-5, DLB-DATA-1, GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-2, GIC-LAW-3

"The Committee is concerned about the high rates of unemployment among women in the State party. It also notes with concern the continued occupational segregation between women and men in the labour market and the low representation of women in managerial positions in the private sector. The Committee is also concerned that, notwithstanding the concentration of women in domestic work in private households, it has not ratified the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), of the International Labour Organization. It is further concerned at the lack of statistical data on cases of sexual harassment in the workplace and measures taken to address it. In addition, the Committee is concerned that...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ATC-DATA-4

"The Committee encourages the State party to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention and to accept, as soon as possible, the amendment to article 20 (1) of the Convention concerning the meeting time of the Committee" (page 10).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

The Committee notes the State party’s legislative and policy measures to combat violence against women, such as the enforcement of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (No. 4 of 2003) and the adoption of the National Plan of Action on Gender-based Violence (2012-2016). The Committee is concerned, however, at the high prevalence of violence against women and girls, such as rape and murder, committed by intimate partners. The Committee is also concerned at the low rate of prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women and the frequent withdrawal of cases by women who are victims of violence. It is further concerned that, notwithstanding the State party’s efforts to establish shelters...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that the State party has a pluralistic legal system in which customary and statutory law are both applicable and that section 66 (1) of the Constitution provides that customary law is valid only to the extent to which it does not conflict with the Constitution or any other statutory law. The Committee is concerned, however, that some elements of customary law are not in compliance with the Convention. The Committee recommends that the State party ensure that the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, in conjunction with the Law Reform and Development Commission, conduct a thorough gender analysis of all laws in the State party in...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s legislative and policy measures to combat violence against women, such as the enforcement of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (No. 4 of 2003) and the adoption of the National Plan of Action on Gender-based Violence (2012-2016). The Committee is concerned, however, at the high prevalence of violence against women and girls, such as rape and murder, committed by intimate partners. The Committee is also concerned at the low rate of prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women and the frequent withdrawal of cases by women who are victims of violence. It is further concerned that, notwithstanding the State party’s efforts to establish shelters...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the ratification of the Convention, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: (a) Child Care and Protection Act, in 2015, which contains provisions on the trafficking of children, including girls, and the minimum age of marriage; (b) Prevention of Organized Crime Act, in 2004 (entered into force in May 2009), which has been used to combat trafficking in human beings, including women and girls" (page 1-2). "The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Child Care and Protection Act of 2015, which contains a chapter on combating trafficking in children; the inclusion of human trafficking among the 12 areas of focus in the...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: GP-DATA-2, GP-DATA-4

"The Committee commends the State party on its delegation, which was headed by the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka, and included representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation and the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva" (page 1) (Coder comment: Doreen Sioka is a woman - ARR).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of harmful practices, as well as discriminatory stereotypes and deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society. The Committee is particularly concerned at the lack of data on the extent of harmful practices such as widow inheritance, sexual initiation practices and polygamy. The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, paras. 16 and 17) and notes that the State party has not yet conducted a study on the extent of and prevalence of traditional harmful practices and on the impact of the implementation of the Traditional Authorities Act (No. 25 of 2000) and...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SMES-DATA-2, ATDW-LAW-1, ATDW-LAW-5

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to regulate customary marriages by developing a bill on the recognition of customary marriages and to introduce the no-fault divorce regime under the proposed divorce bill. The Committee nevertheless notes that the Flexible Land Tenure Act of 2012, which addresses in part the joint ownership of marital property, is applicable only to persons who are married in community of property. It also notes that women in de facto unions regularly face economic hardship upon the dissolution of their relationships. The Committee recalls its general recommendation No. 29 on article 16 of the Convention (economic consequences of marriage, family relations and their dissolution) and...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts towards poverty eradication in rural areas, including increasing the old age pension for persons aged 60 and above. It is concerned, however, at women’s limited access to land and the lack of information on rural women’s access to microfinance and microcredit schemes. The Committee is particularly concerned at reports of land grabbing by relatives of deceased spouses and the impact on women in rural areas. The Committee calls upon the State party: (a) To adopt specific measures aimed at facilitating women’s access to land, in particular in rural areas; (b) To collect information on and promote rural women’s access to microfinance and microcredit...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, IW-PRACTICE-1, DMW-PRACTICE-1, DMW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of harmful practices, as well as discriminatory stereotypes and deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society. The Committee is particularly concerned at the lack of data on the extent of harmful practices such as widow inheritance, sexual initiation practices and polygamy. The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, paras. 16 and 17) and notes that the State party has not yet conducted a study on the extent of and prevalence of traditional harmful practices and on the impact of the implementation of the Traditional Authorities Act (No. 25 of 2000) and...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 16 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 25, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-6

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