#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Communications Officer Diana Ndimbira

Diana Ndimbira, UNIC Windhoek #WCWEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Diana Ndimbira, the Communications Officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia.

In an interview with UNIC Windhoek, Diana shares her passion to bring about change, emphasizes the importance of communication in achieving gender equality and reminds young girls that their dreams are valid. Check it out!

1.) Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career?

Well, I am a 29 year old African woman with big dreams, not just for myself but for my continent. I am a journalist by profession and currently work in communications for the United Nations in Namibia. Anyone who knew me as child will not be surprised by my choice in career, as I was quite the chatter box, to be fair that hasn’t really changed. I love acquiring new skills, and learning about different cultures and people. I am passionate about bringing positive change to people’s lives and believe we need to constantly challenge ourselves, in order to become better versions of ourselves.

2.) What challenges have you come across, if any, because of your gender throughout your career?

I would have to say the different assumptions your male counterparts in the workplace have, the second you walk into a boardroom. For example, presuming that you are there to take the minutes, get coffee, or at the very least sit in silence and not dare voice your opinion during discussions. Irrespective of the fact that I could be as qualified, experienced and as busy as the male colleagues, someone will always try to shift the trivial/ time consuming tasks my way. My challenge has never been getting a seat at the table, it’s been fighting for the seat I would like to occupy.

3.) What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment, and why it is important?

I believe empowering women is a process that should be specific and tailor made for women from all walks of life. Working in development has taught me that as much as I might prioritize equal opportunity in the work place, another young woman on the African continent just wants to be able to choose when she gets married and to whom. My definition of empowerment is being given the option to choose. My hope is that we are moving towards a world where all women have the option to climb the corporate ladder or not, to get married and have children or not, and to have access to the best education and financing to pursue a life they have chosen for themselves.

4.) Why is communication important in the promotion of gender equality and the work of the United Nations in Namibia?

Communication is an integral part of development, partly for the sake of advocacy, but more importantly as a means to prevent further potential acts of gender inequality. The various UN agencies in Namibia have a number ranging gender programmes they carry out, in support of the Government’s efforts. My favorite is gender responsive budgeting, which ensures that fiscal resources are generated and allocated in a way that affects women and men equitably. Communication is a very important tool which should be used to both educate our women and to hold governments account. We should also never forget to tell the good stories, Namibia has great stories to tell when it comes to either gender parity in parliament, or even the fact that of the four most senior positions in Government, two are held by women. Communication can also be used as a way to celebrate achievements.

5.) What is your advice to girls following their dreams?

Just that follow your dreams! Not the words of discouragement, the harsh realities at times, or even the negative voices in your head. Chase after your dreams with every ounce of energy, with great discipline and have an unwavering spirit. A good friend of mine loves saying, “Diana our dreams are valid!” Often we have these big dreams, and later convince ourselves that they are too ambitious or just plain unrealistic. To all the young ladies who like myself are currently in the pursuit of their ‘big’ dreams, if you didn’t already know, then I would like to tell you, that your dreams are valid!

6.) What is your motto in life?

It’s borrowed, from Alan Kulwicki, “Work to become, not to acquire”.

International Day of Slave Trade and Its Abolition – what is about and what is modern slavery?

UNESCO GraphicEach year, the global community joins the United Nations on 23 August to commemorate the International Day of Slave Trade and Its Abolition. The day aims to pay tribute to all those who fought for freedom from slavery and to continue teaching about their story.

Brave men and women, who had been enslaved, rebelled and on this day in 1804, a free and independent Haiti was formed. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “The uprising was a turning point in human history, greatly impacting the establishment of universal human rights, for which we are all indebted.” Continue reading

UN Namibia launches #MondayMenu

Monday Menu- August 15 - 21, smaller versionLast week, the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) launched the #MondayMenu, a weekly calendar that lists the events and projects UN Namibia will be involved in as well as sheds light on International Observances.

The intriguing #MondayMenu graphics showcase what is happening at UN Namibia with the intention of raising awareness of the work of the United Nations. It also aims to inform the public, stakeholders and the media about events in order to promote increased attendance and participation. Continue reading

Share Humanity: Stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought

Drought ImageWindhoek, 19 August 2016 – World Humanitarian Day, commemorated each year on 19 August, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Due to the drought’s far-reaching impacts warranting specialized humanitarian intervention, the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) is encouraging the Namibian public to #ShareHumanity by standing #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought.

Humanitarian and development partners estimate that over 52 million people will be food insecure in East and Southern African countries, and that this number could rise. Drought poses a growing threat to Sub-Saharan African populations due to a combination of factors, including population growth, higher exposure to hazards, increased socio-economic and environmental vulnerability in poorest countries, as well as increased frequency, intensity and duration of droughts, also exacerbated by climate change. Continue reading

Applications for UNODA scholarships just opened

Global South ProgrammeThe Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South is an initiative coordinated by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs at Vienna within the so-called Disarmament and Non-proliferation Partnership (DNP) of 27 organizations, all working in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and development.

The online and in-person courses will introduce participants to key conceptual and practical aspects of topics such as weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, disarmament and development, gender and disarmament, as well as peace and development-related technologies.

The educational modules have been developed by the DNP Education partners, and provide first-hand information about major international organizations working in disarmament, non-proliferation and development, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates broadcast journalist and radio presenter Tara van Eck


TARA WCW copyEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Tara van Eck, a broadcast journalist and radio presenter at Kanaal 7.

In an interview with UNIC Windhoek, Tara shares her thoughts on women’s empowerment and the power of broadcast journalism in promoting positive change.

Check out her interview!

1.) Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career?

I grew up in a very creative home. You know, in a ‘dance to Elvis while cleaning the dishes’ kind of way. My mom is a ballet teacher, and she also raised three girls as a single parent. I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me, and I am so proud to call her my mom. Continue reading

#UN4U: Gammas Primary School pupils want to spark change in Namibia

On Tuesday, 16 August 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek Team set out for Gammas Primary School in Khomasdal, Windhoek, excited to bring the #UN4U to another school in the capital city.

The UNIC Windhoek team was welcomed by the principal and was escorted to the hall, where the students were already assembled waiting with excitement for the UNIC Windhoek team to arrive and for the presentation to commence.

EDSC_0349The presentation started with a brief introduction of the United Nations, with a special look at its establishment and the work it does. Because the information in this part of the presentation is mostly fact-based, there has not been a lot of participation at the previous 6 schools that took part in the #UN4U program. However, this was not the case with the learners at Gammas Primary School.

The students confidently answered questions concerning the establishment of the UN as well as who the Secretary-General is, and some of them even shared with the team that they wanted to grow up to be the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

EDSC_0301This immense engagement with the students was only a sign of bigger things to come, as the learners were so excited that their hands were up in the air the entire time throughout the second half of the presentation.

The students not only answered questions the UNIC Windhoek team posed to them, but also asked the team very interesting questions such as; ‘If the rich were to give to the poor would this lessen the gap between the rich and the poor?’ and, ‘Is education the way to go?’ One of the learners, who had an immense understanding of history, spoke about colonialism and how this contributed to poverty.

EDSC_0313When asked how they will help achieve the SDGs, the learners shared their plans of choosing a career through which they can make a difference in the lives of those around them. One learner confidently stood up and said, “I would like to study medicine and become a good doctor so that I can open my own hospital and help people.”

The social studies teachers came up to the presenters afterwards and complimented them on a job well done. The UNIC Windhoek team, impressed by the learners’ level of discipline and knowledge, praised the pupils.

Up-to-date, the #UN4U program has reached primary level students at seven different schools across Windhoek. Not only did students increase their knowledge of the United Nations, but these students have been inspired to bring about change and to achieve the SDGs. Encouraged by the positive reception of the #UN4U program, UNIC Windhoek plans to bring similar initiatives to schools in the future.EDSC_0387

#UN4U: Suiderhof Primary School pupils learn about the United Nations

EDSC_0211On Monday, 15 August 2016, the United Nations Information Team (UNIC) Windhoek team visited Suiderhof Primary School, marking the sixth outreach of the #UN4U outreach program. The program aims at enlightening primary school learners about the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The UNIC Windhoek team was warmly welcomed by the school’s principal and escorted to the school’s main assembly hall where the grade 6 and 7 learners assembled for the presentation. Continue reading

#UN4U- Havana Primary School learners passionate about ending poverty

DSC_0142On 12 August, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) team visited Havana Primary School, its fifth primary school, in three weeks. The students were excited to learn about the work of the United Nations (UN) in Namibia and find out more about UN Day through the #UN4U programme.

UN Day, commemorated each year on 24 October, marks the anniversary of when the UN Charter was entered into force. With the ratification of this founding document in 1945, the United Nations officially came into being.

In order to educate the public about the United Nations and its work in preparation of this eventful day, UN representatives across the globe bring the #UN4U programme to schools. The programme also aims at raising awareness of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answering any questions learners might have regarding the work of the UN and the realization of the SDGs. Continue reading

#UN4U: Michelle Mclean Primary School pupils learn about the United Nations

EDSC_0161Wednesday morning, 10 August 2016, marked yet another advancement of the UN4U campaign which, for the past week, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team has facilitated at different primary schools across the capital city of Namibia.

The team set out to educate the learners of Michelle McLean Primary School, a school founded by actress, writer, model and 1992 Miss Universe, Michelle McLean. Through similar projects and training programmes run by the Michelle McLean Children Trust, children are inspired by McLean’s motto, “If you can imagine it, you can do it.”

Mummers could be heard from the crowd of 320 pupils, who sat eagerly waiting for the presentation to begin. The UNIC Windhoek team then began to inform the students about the UN General Assembly, the various UN Agencies and the specific work of these Agencies in Namibia. The Team explained that UN Agencies work closely with the Namibian Government in four main areas, namely poverty eradication, improving health, ensuring quality education, and protecting the environment. Continue reading