Namibians divided over payment of ‘Girlfriend Allowance’


Namibians have been reacting to a recommendation of the recent National Men’s Conference where a girlfriend allowance, a form of financial assistance some men provide to their partners, should no longer be seen as compulsory.

The conference, organised by the Gender Equality Ministry, seeks to tackle a host of issues including gender-based violence.

One participant recommended that the allowance should be what one can afford. The discussion concluded by instructing the panel to remove the word allowance from the recommendations, which received applause from several of the men in attendance.

Namibians on Twitter reacted to the allowance saying the theme should have centred on ending male violence.