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#WednesdayCelebrateWomen July 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Peggy Emvula.

WednesdayCelebrateWomen July 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Peggy Emvula.

 Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Peggy Emvula, the first Namibian Radiation Oncologist, doing remarkable work for cancer patients in Namibia. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements that you are most proud of?

I was born in Namibia some 57 years ago. I come from a humble family of six siblings. My parents are both late. I had my primary education in Northern Namibia and my secondary education at Dobra in Windhoek. In 1979 I left the country for Angola and then Zambia, where I underwent training for journalism at the Africa Literature Centre in Kitwe. I then returned back to Angola in 1981 where I worked as a journalist for the Combatant, a paper for the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN). In 1982 I left for Sofia, Bulgaria to study medicine at the Medical Academy Sofia. My dream has always been that of becoming a doctor with the aim to help people. I completed my medical training in 1989 and came back to Namibia. I got employed by the Health Ministry since 1990. During my work, I noticed patients with cancer especially those who were advanced and could not be sent to South Africa for treatment but could be offered short courses of treatment at home which was not available then. So when an opportunity came up to go for training in cancer treatment, I immediately applied and was granted the opportunity. I am a proud mother of one son. One of my career achievements I am very proud of is being able to fulfill my dreams. Cancer is one of the most feared diseases by man. I am able to bring smiles on my patients’ and their families’ faces. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a patient coming in on a wheelchair and then after treatment coming back walking on his/her two feet or coming in crying from pain and going out smiling because you were able to alleviate that.

What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment and gender equality?  

Women still don’t enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society including economic participation and decision making. Different behaviours and aspirations and needs of women and men are not equally valued and favoured. For me, gender equality is just a dream we are living. Traditionally women still suffer discrimination and exclusion from decision making. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek bids farewell to talented interns

We don’t know where the time went, but it has gone as quickly as it arrived. Friday, 30 June 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrated and said goodbye to eight exceptional interns. They were a hardworking and intelligent group of young men and women that gave their all to the Centre and the United Nation’s (UN) mission in Namibia.

The purpose of the UNIC Windhoek internship programme has been and will continue to be an initiative aimed at cultivating the wealth of talent within the Namibian youth. To expose interns to the unique working environment of the UN, and to groom them into experienced professionals capable of thriving within any working environment.

Experience has shown that interns at UNIC bring creativity, enthusiasm and a dynamic work ethic to the office, capable of implementing effective outreach activities and advocacy within Namibia.

This year’s group was no different as they epitomized the qualities necessary to support the UNIC office. With that being said, the Centre would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mr. Tom Shilongo, Ms. Mbatjita Ndjoze, Ms. Erna Tjombonde, Ms. Kristine Mupita, Mr. Cheryl Emvula, Mr. Alphonce Marealle, Mr. Robert Ngololo, Ms. Emma Schreiber and Mr. Mpho Katjiuongua. These young professionals gave their all to UNIC during the past six months. Continue reading

#MondayMenu: 3 – 9 July 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 3  – 9 July 2017.

#PeacePals, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s peace pen-pal programme that launched last year, aims to raise awareness of the complexities of achieving worldwide peace and its interconnection with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For the second year of the programme, UNIC Windhoek is collaborating with UNIC Jakarta in expanding the #PeacePals project over two continents. UNIC Windhoek is presenting about peace at two secondary schools in Windhoek on 3 July, at which students will be writing postcards to students in Indonesia.

The 40th Session of the FAO Conference is taking place from 3 – 8 July at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. There will be a side event dedicated to the Fall Armyworm, a moth whose caterpillar has been causing damage to maize throughout the African continent, including in Namibia.

The 120th session of the Human Rights Committee will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 3 to 28 July 2017.

In light of 2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the UN System in Namibia will be launching a digital campaign called #TourismTuesday on Tuesday, 4 July. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact tourism has on national, regional and international development agendas.

 

 

#WCW:WednesdayCelebrateWomen celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?

Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.

I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003.

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3rd annual International Day of Yoga commemorated in WDK

Participants doing Yoga

Posted by India in Namibia (Embassy of India, Windhoek) on Sunday, June 25, 2017

The International Day of Yoga, commemorated annually on 21 June, celebrates yoga as a holistic approach towards both mental and physical well-being. This year, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek joined over 400 people in celebrating the day by learning about yoga and performing various poses.

Both H.E. Mr. Kumar Tuhin, the High Commissioner of India and Hon. Bernadette Jagger, a Parliamentarian, emphasized the importance of yoga and the need to expose more Namibians to its extraordinary benefits at the event, which took place in Windhoek on 25 June at the Eros Primary School’s sports field.

Yoga encompasses a diverse range of static poses as well as rhythmic movements aimed at alleviating physical tension and strengthening muscles. It also involves meditation and breathing techniques focused on achieving mental tranquility in order to cope with the everyday challenges of social life. Continue reading

#ProudToServe UNIC celebrates Loini Shinyama on UN Public Service Day

Today, 23 June 2017, is the official commemoration of the United Nations Public Service Day, a day to highlight the contribution of public servants to their fellow citizens and the Sustainable Development Goals.Over the past week, UNIC Windhoek has featured the stories of dedicated Namibian public servants in an endeavour to  highlight the dedication and commitment of public servants in facilitating sustainable development and recognize their efforts towards social progress.

UNIC Windhoek interviewed social worker Ms. Loini Shinyama, a Windhoek based lady educated in her home-city, but raised in Omungwelume village in the northern part of Namibia. Ms. Shinyama works for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Rehoboth, focusing on social welfare.

Having graduated from the University of Namibia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Social Work in 2015, Ms. Shinyama has been serving the Rehoboth community since April 2016. In outlining her duties as a social worker, Ms. Shinyama says, “The purpose of the social work profession is to promote and sustain social welfare, which enhances an individual’s well-being, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and practical aspects of their lives. Social work is extensive, involving case work, one-on-one consultation with clients, group work, home visits and community projects.” Continue reading

#Proud to Serve, UNIC highlights Public Servants ahead of UN Public Service Day

The UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the Namibian community .In promoting the upcoming United Nations Public Service Day on 23 June, UNIC Windhoek will share stories of public servants over the course of the week.

The purpose of the UNIC Windhoek digital communication outreach initiative is to recognize public servants’ contribution to sustainable development. It also aims at providing a platform to share ideas, knowledge and innovative practices from around the world on how public institutions can best support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During an interview with Mr. Reinhardt Tsamaseb, a teacher at Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School in Rehoboth, he reins in on his passion as an educator for more than 13 years.

Mr. Tsamaseb is a native of Otjimbingwe which is situated south of Karibib, began his teaching career in the village of Gochas in 2004, but moved to Gibeon a year later, where he stayed until 2007. He has been teaching at Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School in Rehoboth since 2008. Mr. Tsamaseb recalls working as a sales manager in Windhoek when he discovered this noble calling to be a pedagogue.

“I am passionate about teaching. I was working in the retail industry, selling clothes, but I felt this itch to teach and I have the power to harness of learners along with my own power. You also become good at maximizing the best in children to bring out their greatest assets. And you’re teaching them to deal with chaos in unknown situations themselves by supporting them in exercises that allow them to explore the unknown. Continue reading

Newcomers are introduced to the Model UN programme

On the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on the 21 June was invited to present an introductory presentation on the Model United Nations (MUN) programme in Namibia to High School learners at Academia Secondary School.

MUN is a forum that simulates the activities of the UN bodies, during which representatives of different countries discuss strategies to respond to global issues. The programme cultivates public speaking and research skills, as well as critical thinking and innovative ideas within young Namibians. Such skills are meant to develop student’s confidence, professionalism and provide an intellectual atmosphere for socializing.

Furthermore, the outreach was meant to further popularize MUN within the school in order to motivate more students to participate. Academia already has several exceptional students who participated in the 2017 Model UN annual High School Conference, of which two were present during the presentation.

Students were thrilled about learning the major functions of the UN, the opportunity of dressing up according to foreign cultures and the exposure to the major problems threatening human prosperity. It’s safe to say that at with the relentless enthusiasm, and the tireless work of Ms. Nadia Coetzee-Huysamen who will be coordinating much of the MUN training, the future of MUN at Academia looks ripe with potential and future leaders.

 

Meet our #WednesdayCelebrateWomen feature for June, Dr. Wicomb

WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?

Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.

I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela Day: launch of canned food drive

On 20 June 2017, UNIC Windhoek in partnership with Windhoek International School (WIS) launched the Nelson Mandela Day: canned food drive for 2017.  Windhoek International School collected over 500 cans of tinned food which was handed over to the Kids’ Soup Kitchen (a soup kitchen in Katutura) at a launch ceremony held at WIS.

The launch formed part of the first of four collaborative drives with schools in Windhoek.  The campaign is in celebration of Nelson Mandela international day, a day that calls for individuals and organisations to dedicate their time in service of others. UNIC Windhoek partnered with Windhoek International School to serve others by championing  a canned food drive to support a soup kitchen in Katutura and moreover contribute toward Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, “Zero Hunger.” Soup kitchens serve underprivileged children of the community by providing them with meals and educational assistance.

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on 18 July around the world. Established by a United Nations General Assembly resolution in November 2009, the day commemorates the achievements of Nelson Mandela, who tirelessly worked towards conflict resolution, peace, human rights, democracy and reconciliation. Individuals around the world are encouraged to dedicate 67 minutes – each minute representing a year of Nelson Mandela’s public service – to an activity that aims to help others.

The handover ceremony took place at Windhoek International School. Mr. Samuel Kapepo, the founder of the Kids’ Soup Kitchen, graciously accepted the generous donation from Mr. Peter MacKenzie, the director of Windhoek International School in the presence of the staff and students of the school as well as the the UNIC Windhoek team.

Speaking at the event, Mr. MacKenzie said, “Windhoek International School is one of the more privileged and fortunate schools, therefore we are happy to give back to the community. We are hopeful to start a partnership with the community and partake in more of these activities.” Continue reading