• Launch of the Program to increase the Participation of Women in Political and Democratic Processes (PWPDP)
Under contact with Women's Campaign International (WCI), the NID implements the eleven-month program which aims to increase the participation of women in political and democratic processes through standing as candidates for regional elections, engaging in voter/civic education activities and supporting women candidates as constituents and voters. The program includes training of trainers (ToT) to, in turn, train women to stand as candidates, develop campaign strategies and serve as elected officials; follow-on ToT for major political parties and independent interests on in-depth campaigning, public speaking and strategy; CSO support to engage in targeted media activities promoting the awareness of women candidates and issues; candidate training activities.
• Gender Mainstreaming and Disability Sensitisation for Elections Workshop
Held under the auspices of Elections Support Consortium, the workshop brought together civic and voter education stakeholders and various experts in the field of gender and disability with the aim of strategising a suitable voter education campaign and election logistics for pending Namibian elections.
Available on the Publications page
• The Role of women in Decentralisation
The series of regional training workshops provided women with knowledge and skills regarding their vital role as political, economic and social contributors to Namibian democracy. Funded by the Embassy of Sweden.
• Multi-media campaign on violence against women and children
Noting an increase in the incidence of violence against women and children, the campaign was launched in co-operation with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with the objective of breaking the culture of silence prevalent in such crimes. A highly successful campaign, it achieved de stigmatisation, saw an increase in the reporting of such crimes and harsher sentences for offenders. Funded by the U.S. Embassy.
• Married Persons Equality Act informative campaign
The Married Persons Equality Act (Act 1 of 1996) reformed and revolutionised the rights and status of women in civil marriages. Ensuing controversy was addressed by the campaign which sought to provide information and dispel common misconceptions regarding the content of the Act and its implications. The campaign included the publishing of a colloquial summation of the Act, posters, brochures and national competition. Funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Available on the Publications page
• Engendered leadership and Democracy Conference
In co-operation with the Department of Women Affairs and Women's Action for Development (WAD), the conference provided a platform for women representing political parties, the public and private sectors and regarded as political-, religious- and community leaders, to strategise the reform of leadership as perceived to be a male domain. Funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
• Women's Rights and Democracy Conference
The conference provided a platform for NGOs and activists to discuss and make recommendations regarding the status of women's rights within a democracy. Held in co-operation with the Department of Women Affairs, funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.