Afrobarometer: Namibians support access to contraceptives and sex education

Namibians split on termination of unwanted pregnancies

Namibians strongly support access to contraceptives regardless of age or marital status, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Most citizens think sex education should be included in school curricula, with the strongest backing coming from younger and more educated respondents. And there is a notable consensus that pregnancy should not interrupt a girl’s education.

Solid majorities say the termination of a pregnancy is justified if the pregnancy poses a health risk or results from rape or incest. A slim majority consider economic hardship an acceptable justification. But views are divided on other reasons for terminating a pregnancy.