In Namibia, poverty wears a woman's face: UN Special Rapporteur

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Young Namibian girls of Ovahimbo Tribe at Otjenda Kraal near Okanguati in northern Kaokoland. UN Photo/Alon Reininger

More than two decades after independence, in Namibia, poverty wears a woman's face, according to Magdalena Sepúlveda, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Gerry Adams reports.

Women continue to be economically marginalized, have unequal access to land and are disproportionately affected by unemployment and HIV-AIDS, says Magdalena Sepúlveda.

Ms. Sepúlveda has just completed her first fact-finding mission to Namibia.

Namibia, is rich in natural resources and has enjoyed political stability and steady economic growth since independence, she noted.

But the society still suffers from unacceptable levels of inequality along the lines of gender, race, region, ethnicity and class, she warned.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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