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#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

#FemaleLeadership: Learners promise to use their talents to help those around them

2-4“Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.” -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

Similar to this quote, the girls learned about their individual intrinsic value through the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ programme session on 8 November 2016.

The programme session kicked off with the learners reintroducing themselves to each other and the new participants of the programme. However, many of the learners have already started to make new friends in the programme, and before the programme started, they were already having side conversations about women’s empowerment and the topics from the day before.

day-2-3Throughout the day, the girls were tasked to come up with different ways to uplift themselves and fellow Namibian women from poverty. After intricate discussions, the learners collectively agreed that pursuing ‘blessers’ or ‘sugar daddies’ is not a viable solution to alleviating themselves from poverty.

The learners then watched a testimonial of a young girl talking about her ‘sugar daddy’ experience. This video fuelled further floor discussion amongst the learners, which allowed the learners to look within themselves and evaluate their own teen behaviour. Continue reading

Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership begins with engaging discussions on Women’s Empowerment

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.

dsc_1095On 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.

dsc_1224The 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

DHPS learns about quality education and gender equality through “Prosperous Paths”

DHPS- Prosperous PathsLast week, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia’s female empowerment programme ‘Prosperous Paths’ surpassed its target of educating 5,000 girls about Goal 5 of the SDGs, namely gender equality. Yesterday, another 150 learners at Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) Windhoek took part in the campaign, increasing the total amount of girls now traveling along prosperous paths and actively combating gender inequality to 5,560 pupils.

The students warmly welcomed Dr. Jean Pierre Ilboudo, the Representative to Namibia of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Windhoek along with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team for the ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach. Continue reading

“Prosperous Paths” reaches 5000 girls across Windhoek

5000 girlsFriday, 29 July 2016, was a memorable day for the UN System and 700 female learners at Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School in Katutura, Windhoek. After one month and 12 outreaches, the ‘Prosperous Paths: Leading in Vocation’ programme surpassed its target of educating 5000 girls on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Exactly one month before on 29 June 2016, Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia launched ‘Prosperous Paths’ at Jakob Marengo Tutorial College. Not only did Ms. Gbeho share her personal story of hard work and success to over 600 female learners, she also spread the message of self-empowerment and self-determination to the enthusiastic crowd. Since then, the UN System, namely UNFPA Namibia’s Ms. Dennia Gayle and UNIC Windhoek’s Ms. Anthea Basson, have spoken to girls across the capital city about the importance of striving to achieve Goal #5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’. Continue reading

Prosperous Paths: Hage Geingob High School calls for female leadership and political representation

Prosperous Paths: Hage Geingob High SchoolFrom local to global levels, women’s leadership and political participation are restricted. Not only are women underrepresented in leading positions, they also represent the minority in civil service, in elected office positions, in the private sector and in academia. This imbalance persists despite women’s proven abilities as leaders and agents of change as well as their right to participate equally in democratic governance.

During lunch time and after a 35 km drive to the Katutura township, the UNIC Windhoek team were greeted by 600 girls at Hage Geingob High School on 25 July 2016, who excitedly awaited to partake in the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia’s ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach programme.

The National Information Officer to Namibia, Ms. Anthea Basson, addressed the motivated crowd and engaged with them in an open dialog on how they experience gender injustice and discrimination in their daily lives. The girls impatiently awaited their turn to voice their concerns on issues affecting women and girls, and they passionately shared their insight and proposed solutions issues raised. Continue reading

Prosperous Paths: Windhoek Afrikaans Privaatskool seeks leadership and status benefits for girls in Namibian society

Prosperous PathsThe United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek armours on to strengthen and amplify young girl’s voices by empowering Namibian women and girls to be advocates of their own rights through the ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach programme. On the cold winter morning of 25th July 2016, the UNIC Windhoek team set off to the Windhoek Afrikaans Privaatskool (WAP), to share its lesson plan on gender equality and women’s empowerment (Goal #5 of the SDGs) with 200 enthusiastic female learners.

The girls and UNIC Windhoek team were welcomed by a word of wisdom and prayer from the management of the school. With knowledge of the increase of drug abuse among youngsters, the educator informed the girls that they are special and shared with them the life story of a very well-known Afrikaans artist, Karin Zoid’s, and described her battle with drug, self-defeat and survival.

The administrator mentioned that although we all share a common core belief of the negative impact of drugs on people’s lives, she said that it is wise to avoid becoming involved in drugs as it only leads to misery and loss of agency. The inspirational message ended with a mellow song of the aforementioned artist ‘Ek lewe’. Continue reading

Prosperous Paths: UNFPA Namibia Representative Dennia Gayle addresses teenage pregnancy with Rocky Crest High School learners

rocky crest high school: prosperous pathsWednesday morning was an exciting morning for the Rocky Crest High School female learners, as they had the opportunity to engage with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative to Namibia Ms. Dennia Gayle through the UN System in Namibia’s ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach programme.

After a brief introduction by the National Information Officer to Namibia, Ms. Anthea Basson, Ms. Gayle asked the girls to share their thoughts on women’s empowerment, as she emphasized that the minds of young people produce some of the best ideas.

Answering the question ‘why is it important to invest in teenage girls?’, Ms. Gayle reminded the learners that although teenage girls around the world face more and greater challenges than their male counterparts, it does not mean that the boy child is not affected but rather the depth of the challenges faced by the girls is higher than that of boys. Continue reading

Quest for Empowerment: Changing traditional structures against women through Prosperous Paths

Tanben College: Prosperous PathsThe ‘Prosperous Path, Leading in Vocation’ education outreach initiative critically aims at motivating girls and advocating that women’s empowerment is central to sustainable development. This engagement called for the recognition of the need to empower girls, particularly to strengthen their own capacities and to encourage their participation in the decision-making processes.

The open dialogue with secondary level learners at Tanben College highlighted numerous problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, teenage pregnancy, discrimination and rape, to mention a few. The most particular challenge for some of the girls was that traditional structures hold them back from reaching their full potential and owning their self-worth.

Ms. Basson encouraged the audience to provide possible solutions to the problems raised.  One of the learners suggested the implementation of measureable mentorship programmes that help girls stand up for themselves. Another, suggestion was that Namibia should adopt the measure taken by some European countries to ensure the employment of 40% women in companies. Continue reading

Prosperous Path: Cosmos High School addressed gender inequality and HIV/AIDS among young girls

Cosmos High School: Prosperous PathsEducation is the key factor for women’s empowerment, prosperity, development and welfare, and in building the self-confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to participate fully in global sustainable development.

The United Nations System in Namibia embarked on a month long journey to educate 5000 girls about gender equality and women’s empowerment, but also to motivate them to gain more knowledge about issues that affect them in order to achieve a higher status and build positive self-esteem, confidence and the necessary courage and inner strength to face challenges in life.

Education is the most powerful tool in changing the position of the girl child in society, and the ‘Prosperous Path, Leading in Vocation’ dialogue session with the learners of Cosmos High School identified the obstacles and discrimination girls face on a daily basis, leading to fruitful discussion of how to bring about change. Continue reading