Namibia

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Bernard Songa Sibalatani (Male)
Year of birth
1953
Additional information
Elected on 9 Dec. 2019.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Tousy Namiseb (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
1 May 2019 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
34
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
8
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
19.05% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Click for historical data
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Phillipus Katamelo (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
70
Oldest member
Bernardinus Shekutaamba (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
20
Total per sex
Total of male
21 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
5 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
1
41-45
5
46-50
3 See historical data for this field.
51-60
14 See historical data for this field.
61-70
3 See historical data for this field.
71-80
0
81-90
0
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 0 1 5 3 14 3 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 6 Total >= 46: 20
Male 0 0 1 4 2 11 3 0 0 0 21
Female 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 5
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger3.85%3.85%0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger23.08%19.23%3.85%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quota.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1990
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1989
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Right to vote granted by the 1989 constitution
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1989
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Right to vote granted by the 1989 constitution
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1989

Specialized body - Women's caucus

National Council Standing Committee on Women Caucus
(February 2011)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
Outreach programs to :
- lobby and advocate to increase women's representation in decision-making bodies,
- encourage the participation of women in political, economic and social spheres at the regional, national and international level,
- interact with communities concerning Acts of Parliament and other issues which directly affect the lives of women and children, such as, Gender Based Violence, Teenage Pregnancies, Baby Dumping, Human Trafficking, etc.

Oversight visits on: Government projects / programmes that are designed for Women and Children

Opportunities created by the Women Caucus to advance representation of other bodies:

The Women Caucus has created a platform for the Rural Women's Parliament with Men as Partners (Rural Parliament) which offers opportunities for grassroots women and men to access and exchange information on socio-economic and political developments within the country and to exchange experiences on how to deal with the challenges in their respective communities.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Ms. Moono Matengu: Chief Parliamentary Clerk
Private Bag 13371, Parliament of Namibia
Windhoek
Namibia
Phone
+264-612028204
+264-612028147
+264-811456331
Fax number
+264-612028146