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Policy Environment

Creating a Conducive Policy Environment

Policy Environment

Namibia’s government works pro-actively towards creating a conducive policy environment for enhanced sexual and reproductive health among the population. For example, the country’s guiding policy document, Vision 2030, takes into consideration the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action, and describes measures by how these are to be achieved. Other conducisive policies include the National Reproductive Health Policy and the National Youth Policy. Through the adoption of a National Gender Policy, the Married Persons Equality Act 1 and the Combating of Rape Act 8, Namibia has taken important steps towards creating an enabling environment for gender equality and women's empowerment. However, the mere existence of a policy is no guarantee of its effective implementation, and so continued advocacy and awareness raising efforts are required to ensure that the policies actually benefit their target groups.
 
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