From June to August 2016, the UN System in Namibia facilitated a series of informative talks with 5000 young girls at schools in Windhoek. The ‘Prosperous Paths: Leading in Vocation’ programme educated the girl-child about Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely gender equality, and encouraged learners to follow their dreams. A selection of girls were invited to the follow up programme, ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ which aims to equip girls with skills and information to empower girls in the community.
On 7 November 2016, the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ started, a week long, full day programme filled with discussions, invited speakers and practical exercises addressing some of the common questions and gaps young girls spoke about at the 5000 girls talks.
A group of girls from different schools in Windhoek as well as NAMCOL gathered at the UN House in Klein Windhoek to further their journey in the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ programme.
The learners met in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek library where they were welcomed by Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and introduced to the UNIC Windhoek team. As they waited in suspense for the programme to start, the learners expressed that they were both excited and nervous.
Immediately testing their public speaking skills, Basson asked the learners to partner up and ask a few questions to their partner to get to know them. The learners then introduced their partners to the group, standing up and boldly sharing their partner’s name, which school they attend and a fun fact about them. Continue reading →
On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the UN System in Namibia visited the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) for the Public Dialogue: 2016 International Education Day regarding the theme of ‘ensuring international cooperation to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.
Before the dialogue started, students and lecturers read through United Nations publications at an exhibit run by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek. The UNIC Windhoek Team displayed publications from various UN Agencies that work in Namibia in an effort to enlighten the public about the United Nations, its work specifically in Namibia and its efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through diverse projects.
Scores of curious students and lecturers visited the exhibition, and many students picked up publications that related to their fields of study in order to assist in achieving their individual education goals and to increase their knowledge. Other students inquired about the requirements necessary to intern at the various UN agencies located in Namibia, sharing their goals of working for the United Nations. Continue reading →
Each year, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Association of Diplomatic Spouses and other stakeholders run the September Readathon in order to promote a culture of reading throughout the country.
Yesterday, the Readathon’s kickoff was held at the Katutura Public Library where learners of a variety of ages took part in various educational activities. Students read books together, took part in a fun spelling bee and completed educational quizzes, to name a few of the activities. The learners were smiling as they gained new knowledge through reading. Continue reading →
The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia, namely the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek, UNICEF and the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) taught Windhoek International School’s grade five learners about children’s rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 6 September 2016.
Following introductions by each learner, Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia opened up the programme by providing a brief background on the UN. Asking the learners about the UN and why it as formed, the learners could barely remain in their seats as they wanted to answer all the questions and share their knowledge.
After hearing the learners’ answers, Ms. Gbeho explained that following World War II, the world needed an organization that facilitated peaceful relationships and encouraged countries to discuss problems rather than fighting about them. Thus, the UN was established to not only maintain international peace and security but to also promote human rights and solve problems including poverty and hunger, among other issues. Continue reading →
This afternoon, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia (UNRC) Ms. Kiki Gbeho, wished Marlise Mouton the best of luck as she prepares to fly to the United States of America to attend the 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.
The month-long Programme, which was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201 (paragraph III-9) and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honour Ms. Reham Al-Farra, a young UN staff member killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, is designed for young, full time journalists working in print, web-based, radio and television media from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
Mouton, a broadcast journalist for Channel 7, will become the fourth Namibian to participate in the Programme, following in the footsteps of Ms. Angie Kapeliania and Mr. Protasius Ndawendapo who both participated in the programme in 1990 and Mr. Leevy-Lee Abrahams who participated in 1998.
Ms. Gbeho congratulated Mouton on her acceptance and encouraged her to make the most of the opportunity. Mouton is excited to represent the Land of the Brave at the programme, which will begin next week.
On Friday 1 July 2016, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia hosted the second “Prosperous Path” outreach at Augustineum Secondary School in Khomasdal, Windhoek. True to the campaign’s motto to ‘foster empowerment and education among young females in Namibia’, the event was held in front of a highly motivated audience of over 400 female students aged 12 to 18.
Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Namibia, addressed the girls on this special occasion and engaged with them in a dialogue about the work of the United Nations in Namibia, its efforts in promoting human rights and the importance of spreading the message of gender equality. Continue reading →
Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (Windhoek) celebrates women through its #WednesdayCelebrateWomen social media campaign. This week, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia. Read UNIC Windhoek’s interview with Ms. Gbeho to learn more about her role as well and her thoughts on women’s empowerment and gender equality in Namibia.
Could you briefly describe your role as the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia? What has been the most rewarding part of being in this position?
Key components of my work include to:
Ensure coordinated support to the Government of Namibia, when they request it, to deliver on their national development plans. The UN does this primarily through its partnership framework with government. The focus is in four areas (Poverty, Health, Education and Environment) with gender and youth cutting across all activities.
Ensure effective advocacy with not only the highest level of Government but also the people of Namibia particularly on the global development agenda 2030/SDGs. Advocacy includes the four partnership areas. The idea is to get across key messages, and share best practise and information from all over the globe with Namibia. I have noticed for example that information we share with statistical backing is appreciated on our social media accounts.
I also encourage and support national efforts in disaster risk reduction. For example, currently the UN is supporting the Office of the Prime Minister to develop a national strategy for mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into development planning. These efforts are in order to enhance national resilience to disasters. The UN is also supporting Government on Drought Preparedness, through development of policy and guidelines for nutrition in emergencies.
As the Designated Official, I ensure effective coordination of country-level security and the safety of all UN staff and dependants, and lead the inter-agency Security Management Team.
Why is women’s empowerment important?
His Excellency the President has declared a war on Poverty, elaborated the HPP and announced that 2016 is the year of implantation. We will not accelerate development nor eradicate poverty if half the population (51.5% female) are not on board. There are numerous studies that demonstrate that women are great multipliers of development progress. African women are the pillars of the community whether because of the work they carry out as care givers, or supporting their families by working on their farms. They are often held back because of lack of recognition and ‘rewards’ for the work they undertake; lack of education; and sometimes insufficient protection.
Africa will not grow, realise Agenda 2063, or the SDGs without investing in women. Women are a resource that is not fully tapped. Continue reading →
Namibia, Windhoek – 6 August 2015 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia officially presented her credentials to the Deputy Minister International Relations and Cooperation, the Hon. H.E. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.
Ms. Kiki Gbeho has now officially assumed her duties as the Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations in Namibia. She is the chairperson of the UN Country Team (UNCT). As such she fulfills the responsibility of coordinating all UN entities in the country in order that the UN’s efforts are aligned with the Government’s development priorities and the needs and aspirations of the people of Namibia. Continue reading →