WINDHOEK – Namibian youth parliamentarians have called on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to ban the showing of music videos that portray women as sex objects and men as sex predators.
The young parliamentarians feel such portrayal besides being morally wrong also perpetuates gender inequality.
“The perceptions are incorrect. We should start educating our artists not to follow the trend of other countries,” Wilmari Horn, a City of Windhoek junior town councillor said at a consultative session at the National Assembly yesterday.
Youth parliamentarians of the Children’s Parliament of Namibia (CPN) and representatives of youth organisations held a consultative meeting yesterday at parliament to formulate motions to be debated next week on Monday during the Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Lusaka, Zambia.
Horn says something should be done in a way that artists can express themselves without overstepping others’ moral values.
“Music lyrics break down women. It’s all about body parts and not about their intelligence or personalities. Take local artists and encourage them to provide a more appropriate image of women,” she said.
Rachel Nghimulitete, a Child Ambassador and MISA representative supported the motion saying education starts at home and not at school, but that some mothers send the wrong signal when they dress inappropriately, giving the impression that it is okay for females to be seen as “sex objects”.
She was however unconvinced that women would stop exposing their bodies on music videos, saying that peer pressure played a major role.
But the CPN junior chief whip, Norman Ndeuyeeka, is of the opinion that no case has been reported of females being forced to perform in music videos and it is up to women to respect themselves and not lower their values.
He supported Nghimulitete’s reasoning, saying that girls are attracted to money, which is why they go half-naked on videos.
“Girls see it as a prestige to be in music videos. If girls can just empower themselves!” he reckoned.
Gabriel Haugh, City of Windhoek junior councillor was also skeptical about the ban of certain music videos on NBC, saying that it would be difficult to restrict the music industry in Namibia as that would make local artists move to other countries.
Shaandre Finnies, deputy speaker of the CPN and member of the Africa Youth Parliament, asked if it would not be overstepping music directors’ freedom of expression if a policy on music videos was enforced.
Simon Taapopi, Unam Politics Society representative said it was up to the youth to advocate for the ban of explicit videos on NBC, especially those containing alcohol use and where women are not respected.
“Men take advantage when they see girls with low self-esteem,” he reasoned.
Junior parliamentarians also discussed the role the youth can play in championing gender equality in Africa and creating equal opportunities for both males and females. Namibia holds the highest office on the bench of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament, represented by Sandre Botma as speaker.