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WWD2017: Namibia uses wastewater

Each year on 22 March, the international community comes together to celebrate the world’s most valuable resource, water. Water covers 70% of the earth’s surface, and this year’s World Water Day (WWD) is dedicated to understanding the management of this precious resource, specifically the importance of wastewater.

Water is a resource that all people need on a daily basis. On the other side of things, all people also create sewage on a daily basis, a fact that is frequently overlooked. For this reason, the importance of wastewater persists, and its importance extrapolates because of on-going problems such as; climate change, environmental factors, population growth, increased urbanization, on-going water mismanagement and faulty water service provision systems.

Wastewater and the new water cycle

Wastewater can be used to Namibia’s advantage, and it importance is substantial due to the fact that that it is interconnected with other sources of water. For this reason, the repercussions of its mismanagement must be considered. With poor management, dangerous and harmful elements can enter the environment and can have devastating impacts on the environment and subsequently have an effect on us as humans (Menges, 2017).

Historically the natural water cycle accounts for wastewater. Through the natural process of precipitation and condensation, water is filtered through soil and creates aquifers, where water is naturally purified. Ground water, river runoff and transpiration from plants and animals causes evaporation and the process repeats itself. However, new factors now play into the water cycle.

Due to urbanisation there is a new water cycle, the urban water cycle. Rainwater and other water sources are caught in dams where the water receives pre-treatment for human consumption. It is then distributed for human consumption where, once used, is collected again. This wastewater is either classified as greywater or blackwater. Greywater is wastewater obtained from water used in bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines, whereas blackwater contains fecal matter and is therefore collected from toilets (Lamb, 2008).

Wastewater receives various treatments making it either ready for human consumption, especially relevant in Namibia, or will safely be reintroduced into the natural cycle. Treatment of waterwater can add essential nutrients that can be exploited for agricultural use. Without the last step there would be severe effects on the environment. Continue reading

A day in her shoes: #WCW Sister Christy

As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomen Campaign, UNIC Windhoek got to know Sister Christy, a registered nurse at the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) and #WCW for the month of March, by shadowing her for a day.

Cancer awareness in Namibia is rapidly increasing because of CAN’s effective awareness campaigns which are implemented through the hard work and dedication of its staff. For this reason, a day in Sister Christy shoes starts off early. She says, “I start off by driving the cancer patients to the hospital for treatment.” Continue reading

#BeBoldForChange Artwork on display at the UN House

Art work, created by students at the University of Namibia (UNAM) on International Women’s Day (IWD), is currently on display at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

The dynamic pieces depict how the empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description and were created during the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s #BeBoldForChange Art Competition.

The Competition was part of UNIC Windhoek’s two-hour awareness programme which comprised of numerous activities including an open mic and student’s pledging to promote women’s empowerment. Continue reading

IWD: UNAM students encourage their peers to #BeBoldForChange

International Women’s Day (IWD), commemorated globally on 8 March, is a, “time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities” (UN International Observances).

In light of IWD, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted an awareness-raising event at Olupale Square on the main campus of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in an effort to engage with tertiary students on gender equality, women’s empowerment and Goal 5 ‘Gender Equality’ of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNAM Student Representative Council (SRC) Representative for Community Development Mr. Laeka Ileka opened the event by highlighting that women play an important role in society and are a great source of light in all aspects of society. He continued to explain that the reason IWD exists is to show women across the globe that their efforts and the challenges they face have not been forgotten.

Following the introduction, students were invited to share their thoughts and opinions on women’s empowerment and gender equality through an open mic session. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates senior resident nurse Sister Christy

As a way to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality, UNIC Windhoek is continuing with its #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign from last year, through which the Centre celebrated inspiring women each Wednesday. This year, as a way to get to know each feature better, UNIC Windhoek will feature one inspiring women per month.

For this month’s #WCW, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Christolina Kaventura, a registered nurse by profession who is popularly known as Sister Christy.

Sister Christy is currently employed at the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN). She is actively involved in generating cancer awareness at the community level and through social media, in the organization of wellness days and in training nurses on pap smears and breast examinations. Sister Christy’s true passion involves the National Cancer Outreach Programme which allows her, together with the CEO Rolf Hansen, to visit the rural areas of the country to host cervical and breast cancer screenings and to educate fellow Namibians.

Check out Sister Christy’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about cancer in Namibia, challenges faced by Namibia’s health system and shares her thoughts on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek learns about the Holocaust for a ‘better future’

27 January 2016- On the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek staff learned about this tragic and defining point in history through a dynamic exhibition at the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia

The exhibition is part of UNIC Windhoek’s Holocaust Educational Outreach Programme, which this year is focusing on “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

This theme “emphasises the universal dimension of Holocaust education as a platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity” (UN International Observances).

The UNIC Windhoek staff learned about the importance of the genocide prevention and are ready to share this knowledge with their peers.

The exhibition is open to the public and will be set up at the UN House for the next two weeks. Continue reading

2016 #WCW Features continue to inspire and promote gender equality

Throughout 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrated women and their accomplishments through the #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign.

“The multifaceted #WCW campaign reached a large audience, as it was shared on UNIC Windhoek’s website and across social media. Our hope is that the campaign inspired many girls and women to go after their dreams and to bring about positive change in their lives,” said Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia.

Starting around International Women’s Day in March 2016, UNIC Windhoek introduced a weekly social media campaign through which it celebrated the accomplishments of women with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of continuing to strive towards achieving gender equality. Continue reading

“HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations” exhibition at UN Headquarters

The Group of Friends for Gender Parity, a coalition of over 60 like-minded Member States committed to advocating for gender parity in the United Nations, organized an exhibition, “HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations”, which was co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Colombia, Germany, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

The exhibit was launched on 13 December 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Please visit the exhibition through the UN News Centre article below: :
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55871

Here is a link to other UN Exhibits, which include another two exhibitions on women at: http://unexhibitsny.org/explore

#UNICrecap: UNIC Windhoek highlights its successes on social media

2016 has been a successful and exciting year for the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek! In celebration of its accomplishments, UNIC Windhoek will highlight its 2016 programmes on social dsc_0498media from Monday, 19 December through Saturday, 31 December through its #UNICrecap campaign.

The National Information Officer to Namibia, Anthea Basson, says that many new initiatives were started in 2016.

“The UNIC Windhoek team worked very hard throughout the year. Not only did we expand our existing programmes, including Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) and UN4U, we introduced creative initiatives such as the Namibia Agreement, the High School Practicum facts-1-10Programme and #PeacePals while at the same time raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Basson said.

The Namibia Agreement, an agreement to take climate action signed by Namibian students on 22 April when world leaders were signing the historic Paris Agreement, was one of the many initiatives that focused on addressing climate change that UNIC Windhoek implemented this year. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates education planning specialist Frances Ferreira

francis, wcwEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates education planning, policy and management specialist Frances Ferreira, the founding Director of the Namibian College of Open Learning.

Born in the southern town of Mariental, Frances hails from a large family of ten children. A professional and mother of four beautiful daughters, Ferreira’s life’s work and passion has taken her across the world. Our Namibian education specialist is currently in Pakistan with the GIRLS Inspire project, serving as the Senior Advisor, Women and Girls.

Frances has more than thirty years’ experience in the field of education and education management in various contexts, including basic education, technical and vocational education, adult and continuing education as well as open and distance learning (ODL).

She has worked with government ministries, statutory bodies, international development agencies, education and training institutions, non-governmental and community-based organisations throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Frances has also edited and co-authored various publications.  Continue reading