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Nelson Mandela International Day: UNIC Windhoek serves the Trail Blazers of our time

DSC_0294As the population of persons 65 years and older grows, society needs to be prepared to serve the elderly, the trail blazers of our time. Nowadays, many old people are neglected or forgotten by their children and support systems as society moves away from being more family centric. This means volunteers play an important role in caring for the varying needs of the elderly, including not only spiritual concerns, but health and mobility issues, emotional needs, and other practical concerns of daily life.

In celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day, which is commemorated annually across the globe on 18 July, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek used its #Time2Serve the elderly of the Katutura Old People’s Home. The team aimed to provide companionship and support to a generation which is commonly neglected and to provide space for this generation to be able to share their stories and be heard. Continue reading

Muay Thai and Promoting Peace: Ophthalmologist Dr. Ndume takes action with youth against GBV on Mandela Day


In light of Nelson Mandela International Day, commemorated each year of 18 July, on Thursday 21 July 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honored Nelson Mandela’s dedication to peace by partnering with Combat Club, a local Muay Thai club, and educating learners at Jakob Marengo Tutorial College about self-defense.

On Nelson Mandela International Day, individuals around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – to helping others and jointly stepping towards a global movement for good. Because of the high prevalence of violence against women and gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia, UNIC Windhoek used its #Time2Serve to educate young girls about self-defense in order to provide them with the agency to protect themselves when faced with danger. Throughout the outreach, there was a large emphasis on the fact that violence should be the last resort in a situation of danger.

EDSC_0042The event was officiated by the Namibian Ophthalmologist Dr. Helena Ndume, who encouraged girls to help the country find solutions to end violence against women and girls and to protect human rights. Dr. Ndume was the first woman to receive the UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, which honors the outstanding achievements of people who have dedicated their lives to the service to humanity. Dr. Ndume’s lifelong work has encompassed the treatment of blindness and eye-related illnesses, both in Namibia and throughout the developing world. To date, Dr. Ndume has helped over 30,000 Namibians receive eye surgery at no-cost as well as implant intraocular lens to address blindness, cataracts and myopia in many patients. Continue reading