Doreen Sioka

Billions for social protection programs

Billions for social protection programs

Tujoromajo Kasuto Over 500 000 Namibians benefit from the government’s social grants administered by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, with a coverage of 98 percent for old-age pension beneficiaries, 74 percent for disability and 71 percent for children’s grant beneficiaries. This include 341 204 vulnerable children, 192 544 pensioners, and 48 472 people with disabilities. During the Ministry’s budget motivation in the National Assembly yesterday, Minister Doreen Sioka shared that a total of five billion dollars is allocated to this programme for the fiscal year 2022/2023. Other items to be covered are the food bank…
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Sioka could face 15 months in jail for contempt of court

Sioka could face 15 months in jail for contempt of court

Eba Kandovazu THE Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, could face a maximum 15 years custodial sentence, should the High Court convict her of contempt of court next March. The High Court could also fine her in the event that she is found guilty, or impose a suspended custodial sentence. The punishable offense is a discretion of the court. This is after outgoing Ombudsman, John Walters, filed an application to have the minister convicted for not complying with a 2020 court order compelling her to deliver a plan under oath that would see to the…
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The protests are a cry for help, not a threat

Thandi Kawerama October 31st is the deadline #ShutItAllDownNamibia protesters gave Doreen Sioka to resign from her position as Minister of Gender Equality and Welfare. As I type this, protesters of all ages are most likely prepping their cooler boxes for the farewell ‘bring and braai’ scheduled to be held outside the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare on 30 October. The event demonstrates the youth’s commitment to knocking on the doors of the various avenues that were given the mandate to protect those vulnerable, in a society that values male comfort over women, children and non-gender conforming…
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SGBV protestors still want Sioka’s resignation … as group questions Geingob’s closed door meeting

SGBV protestors still want Sioka’s resignation … as group questions Geingob’s closed door meeting

Helena Johannes The sexual and gender based violence ( SGBV) protest leaders say they still stand by their demand for Gender minister, Doreen Sioka to resign despite their meeting with President Hage Geingob on Friday. “Our demands remain unchanged, we are still calling for a state of emergency and for the resignation of Doreen Sioka. We will from hereon, transparently engage government. Should this fail, we will be back in the streets, using our voices to assert our right to safety,” one of the protest leaders, Bertha Tobias said via her social media platform. She said that although it had…
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Youth condemn police brutality …as Ndeitunga is unrepentant

Youth condemn police brutality …as Ndeitunga is unrepentant

Andrew Kathindi Namibian youth have condemned the actions of police over the weekend after 24 young people were arrested while protesting against gender-based violence (GBV) and rape. This comes after Inspector General of the Namibian Police; Sebastian Ndeitunga on Monday defended the police action, stating that protestors, including four journalists were arrested for “acting outside the scope of a peaceful protest.” “It’s very unfortunate the response that came from the Police, especially the side of the special reserve force. Being on the ground since day one, being in support of the protest, we have not observed any form of violence…
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GBV protesters demand Sioka’s resignation

GBV protesters demand Sioka’s resignation

Clifton Movirongo and Helena Johannes Hundreds of protesters marched to Parliament building, demanding the resignation of Gender Equality minister, Doreen Sioka, accusing her of being ‘incompetent’ and ‘inconsistent’ in a petition which they handed to Justice minister, Yvonne Dausab. The protesters are also demanding that President Hage Geingob declares a state of emergency on Gender-Based Violence (GBV). “We are here to fight for the full protection of women in our societies and we want the government to introduce a GBV State of Emergency, we also want the minister of Gender to step down as we have seen that there is…
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Nujoma caught in crossfire – KK

Nujoma caught in crossfire – KK

Staff Writer Former Youth minister, Kazenambo Kazenambo says the public anger directed at Landless People's Movement (LPM) leader, Bernadus Swartbooi is misdirected, as he is not causing division but his actions are simply a symptom of the greater disunity in the country. This comes after Swartbooi was heavily criticized by former Prime Minister Nahas Angula, who accused the firebrand leader LPM leader of dividing the nation. This berating follows the LPM MP’s his incendiary comments about Founding President Sam Nujoma. In response to arguments made by Swapo MP, Doreen Sioka, he disparaged the Founding President’s book and called the author…
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Women’s freedom chained by apartheid laws

There is a petition signed by over 5,000 people calling for the government to legalize women’s rights to choose when they have children. We applaud this effort; it is long overdue. Any human being has a right to decide what happens to their bodies. The discussion around sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) is important. The debate must respond to the silent cry of women forced to give birth against their will. The existing Abortion and Sterilisation Act of 1975 law is 45 years old. This apartheid-era law was written by South African white men, who patronizingly considered women as…
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