Windhoek - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

I have not noticed any problems with racial, religious or gender prejudices here. Namibians tend to be very accepting, family-oriented people. There is some tribalism. There is a large German influence here, so there is a really good mix of people. I was surprised when I arrived to find a very large blond-hair/blue-eyed population. There are also a lot of inter-racial relationships. - Jan 2016

There are racial and gender prejudices but does not apply to expats. - Jun 2015

This is a post-Apartheid country that is still going through some growing pains. Windhoek's citizens, other than the day laborers who all take buses back to the settlements at the end of the day, are mostly white, and African-American expats have had some problems with shopkeeper rudeness. - May 2013

The Apartheid era left it's mark and there is still racial prejudice. Most people seem to work well together but you can see a racial divide when you're out and about, especially when you head to the coast. - Jan 2013

There are residual issues from the Apartheid-era and if you're here for a while, you'll see some bad behavior on the part of some local Afrikaaners towards black or "colored" (mixed race) Namibians. Women and men are treated pretty equal....many of the entrepreneurs are female. - Jul 2012

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