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UN Namibia dedicates 67 minutes for Mandela Day

The UN System staff members in Namibia dedicated 67 minutes of their time to the service of humanity in light of the international observance to celebrate Nelson  Mandela. The event, which is commemorated annually on 18 July, calls on the global community to make the world a better place. In the spirit of Nelson Mandela, who devoted 67 years of his life to the public service, individuals are challenged to celebrate his legacy by dedicating 67 minutes of their time to service.

On Tuesday 18 July, the UN System in Namibia came together to help members in the local community.  The UN family delivered as ‘One’  and donated food, clothes and blankets to the Family of Hope Services, a local charity organization. Furthermore, UN Agencies reached out to schools and charity organizations to read, serve lunch and play games with children.

WHO, FAO and UNESCO  staff donated canned food items, while UNIC, UNAIDS, IOM and WFP staff purchased fleece blankets and clothing. The collected items were donated to the Family of Hope Services, which provides education, food and clothing to underprivileged children.The Family of Hope Services was founded in 2003 by Abigail Bachopi and has served orphaned and vulnerable children for over 14 years. With the assistance of 30 volunteers, the organization attends to over 450 children, aiming to restore their hope, joy and dignity through empowering and capacity building programs.

Several agencies spent the day reaching out to organizations in Katutura. The staff of UNICEF visited the Jonas Haiduwa Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre where they read stories and spent time with the children. The organization serves the needs of 97 children aged 3-6. The centre is jointly run by the City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, and is responsible for educating young children.

UNIC Windhoek staff  teamed up with St. George’s Diocesan School to visit the Tilovayeni Care Foundation, a local soup kitchen and day care centre that serves over 70 children a day. The team and the students delivered a short presentation about Mandela Day, played games with the children and donated food items.

                                                                                                                                                                          UNFPA donated food items to a dedicated family who need support for their 11 children, while UNDP staff members spent the afternoon at the Hope Initiative Centre in one of Katutura’s informal settlements. The team, led by the Resident Coordinator Ms. Kiki Gbeho, relieved the staff at the centre by serving lunch to over 200 children.

By honouring Mandela’s legacy to public service, The UN Family recognizes the importance of making a considerable difference in the lives of the less privileged. The first step to achieving this goal is enabling members of the community to have access to basic needs; to brighten the lives of youth by inspiring them and by making a positive impact in the world.

The United Nations System in Namibia continually strives to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to move Namibia forward towards the 2030 Agenda. By implementing the vision of Mandela, the UN targeted goal 2, “Zero hunger”, goal 3, “Good health and well-being”, goal 4, “Quality education” and goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals”.

 

UN Namibia and GRN raise awareness at IDDR 2016 Commemoration in Opuwo

14691397_1104038613045787_6093899881088881784_oThe United Nations (UN) System in Namibia in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management (DDRM) and the Kunene Regional Council commemorated the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October 2016 in Opuwo, Kunene Region.

Under the theme ‘Live to tell: Raising Awareness and Reducing Mortality”, the public, traditional authorities and other stakeholders gathered to commemorate the IDDR at the Stadium in Opuwo and to learn about disaster risk management in Namibia and the importance of protecting Namibia’s people from disaster. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Communications Officer Diana Ndimbira

Diana Ndimbira, UNIC Windhoek #WCWEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Diana Ndimbira, the Communications Officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia.

In an interview with UNIC Windhoek, Diana shares her passion to bring about change, emphasizes the importance of communication in achieving gender equality and reminds young girls that their dreams are valid. Check it out!

1.) Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career?

Well, I am a 29 year old African woman with big dreams, not just for myself but for my continent. I am a journalist by profession and currently work in communications for the United Nations in Namibia. Anyone who knew me as child will not be surprised by my choice in career, as I was quite the chatter box, to be fair that hasn’t really changed. I love acquiring new skills, and learning about different cultures and people. I am passionate about bringing positive change to people’s lives and believe we need to constantly challenge ourselves, in order to become better versions of ourselves.

2.) What challenges have you come across, if any, because of your gender throughout your career?

I would have to say the different assumptions your male counterparts in the workplace have, the second you walk into a boardroom. For example, presuming that you are there to take the minutes, get coffee, or at the very least sit in silence and not dare voice your opinion during discussions. Irrespective of the fact that I could be as qualified, experienced and as busy as the male colleagues, someone will always try to shift the trivial/ time consuming tasks my way. My challenge has never been getting a seat at the table, it’s been fighting for the seat I would like to occupy.

3.) What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment, and why it is important?

I believe empowering women is a process that should be specific and tailor made for women from all walks of life. Working in development has taught me that as much as I might prioritize equal opportunity in the work place, another young woman on the African continent just wants to be able to choose when she gets married and to whom. My definition of empowerment is being given the option to choose. My hope is that we are moving towards a world where all women have the option to climb the corporate ladder or not, to get married and have children or not, and to have access to the best education and financing to pursue a life they have chosen for themselves.

4.) Why is communication important in the promotion of gender equality and the work of the United Nations in Namibia?

Communication is an integral part of development, partly for the sake of advocacy, but more importantly as a means to prevent further potential acts of gender inequality. The various UN agencies in Namibia have a number ranging gender programmes they carry out, in support of the Government’s efforts. My favorite is gender responsive budgeting, which ensures that fiscal resources are generated and allocated in a way that affects women and men equitably. Communication is a very important tool which should be used to both educate our women and to hold governments account. We should also never forget to tell the good stories, Namibia has great stories to tell when it comes to either gender parity in parliament, or even the fact that of the four most senior positions in Government, two are held by women. Communication can also be used as a way to celebrate achievements.

5.) What is your advice to girls following their dreams?

Just that follow your dreams! Not the words of discouragement, the harsh realities at times, or even the negative voices in your head. Chase after your dreams with every ounce of energy, with great discipline and have an unwavering spirit. A good friend of mine loves saying, “Diana our dreams are valid!” Often we have these big dreams, and later convince ourselves that they are too ambitious or just plain unrealistic. To all the young ladies who like myself are currently in the pursuit of their ‘big’ dreams, if you didn’t already know, then I would like to tell you, that your dreams are valid!

6.) What is your motto in life?

It’s borrowed, from Alan Kulwicki, “Work to become, not to acquire”.

National Dialogue on Wealth Redistribution & Poverty Eradication

pres national dialogie14 August 2015 marked the launch of the National Dialogue on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication at the Nampower Convention Centre, Windhoek, Namibia. Poverty eradication is one of the key issues identified by the President of Namibia, this led to the new line Ministry being established in Namibia, the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare in Namibia. The Ministry of Poverty realized that due to multi-faceted nature of poverty and the need for a multi-sectoral approach, it was imperative for the Ministry to play a coordinating role and ensure stakeholder engagement from the onset  to ensure that the initiatives and programs that relate to poverty eradication and social welfare are executed by the various ministries and agencies and most importantly, make an impact in the lives of the people intended.

high tableThe National Dialogue is supported by the United Nations Development Program in Namibia who, among other technical team members such as key line ministries, will play an important role to lead and facilitate the process. Following regional dialogues, it will culminate into a national conference and ultimately pave the way for a national poverty eradication framework. UNDP is part of the technical team who will aid in the facilitation of this entire process. Continue reading