Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, MP
Born in Northern Namibia on 29 October 1952, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is married with three children.
Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah is a holder of a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies from Keele University in the United Kingdom. She has also obtained Post Graduate Diplomas in International Relations and Public Administration and Management from Keele University and Glasgow College of Technology respectively.
Her political career started in 1966 when she joined SWAPO. In 1969, she served as Chairperson of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO Youth League in Northern Namibia till 1974, when she left the country at the age of 22 to join SWAPO in exile to fight for Namibia’s independence.
While in exile, Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah served as a member of the SWAPO Central Committee from 1976 - 1987. From 1976 - 1978, she was the Deputy Chief Representative of SWAPO for Central Africa and Chief Representative for Central Africa from 1978 - 1980 based in Lusaka, Zambia. She also served as Chief Representative of SWAPO in East Africa and the OAU Liberation Committee based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 1980 - 1986. At the first Congress of SWAPO, held in independent Namibia, she was elected to the Central Committee of SWAPO Party, served in Political Bureau from 2002 - 2007 and held a position of SWAPO Party Deputy Secretary General in 1996.
She returned to Namibia in 1989 and following Independence in 1990, she was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. She served in this capacity until she was appointed Director-General of the department of Women Affairs, with Ministerial Rank, in the Office of the President from 1996 - 2000.
Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah was the Rapporteur General of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. In preparation for the Fourth World Conference on Women, she served as the Chief Negotiator for the African Group during the preparations for the Conference. She was also Chairperson of the National Preparatory Committee for the Fourth World Conference on Women and led the Namibian delegation to the Conference.
In 2000, Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah was deputy head of the Namibian delegation to the Twenty-third Special Session of the UN General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-first Century.”
Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah served as a Minister of Women Affairs and Child Welfare from 2000 - 2005. She has played a pivotal role in advocating for the protection of the rights of women and children. As President of the Namibian National Women’s Organization (NANAWO), she worked with the Law Reform Commission to promote the adoption of national legislations on Married Persons Equality and Domestic Violence. She initiated the discussion in the UN Security Council on women and peace that led to the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah became the Minister of Information and Broadcasting since 2005-2008, when she was transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and towards the end of 2012, she was appointed Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. She has been a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Namibia since 1990.
She is an avid reader with interests in netball and squash.