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#WednesdayCelebrateWomen feature for May, Daphne Losper

Every Wednesday, through our #WednesdayCelebrateWomen Campaign  we honour some of the inspiring women who are making an impact and redefining their roles in society through their hard work and dedication. The month of May, we highlight Daphne Losper from Keetmanshoop who works as a Driver for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia. Working as a law enforcement officer at the City Police before, Daphne recalls her first two weeks at the UN as being very challenging as it was a very busy time. “I was thrown into the deep end and had to learn to swim. It was a tough time, and I had to rely on my experience as a law enforcement officer. I put on a brave face each day and embraced every day as a challenge because  I am a strong person.”  Read more about Daphne in part one of our #WCW feature:

Now fully settled in her new role as a driver, we asked Daphne what inspired her to take on this new career path?

“I needed a new challenge and wanted career growth. UNDP is ideal and offers a totally different environment to what I was used to in law enforcement. The organisation offers career growth and I am excited at the future prospects  in store for me.”

Your role is very male dominated, how does this make you feel?

“I am not easily intimidated, I come from a field in law enforcement that is typically male dominated. My training and experience  has prepared me very well. I appreciate the compliments I receive as people do not typically expect a woman to work in this line of work. I believe as women we need to pioneer the road for others to show that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.”

What do you love most about your job and what have you learnt?

“I have learnt so much about the United Nations. Our office offers opportunities to do online training courses in various fields, and I have a greater understanding of social issues. While working, I am being empowered through training. Everyday I am challenged to do something new or different and I try to excel in all I do. The best part of my job is the continuous learning I do on a daily basis, interacting with different people and now I know the shortest routes in and around the city. There are people others only get to see on television and see pictures in the newspapers, I have a front row seat in seeing some of the movers and shakers of our time…”

Look out for part two next week and learn more about our #WCW feature for the month of May.

 

 

 

 

#WCW WednesdayCelebrateWomen April Feature Lucinda Ockhuizen part 3

Women play an integral role in our society. In an endeavour to feature women from different sectors, our WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW campaign, highlights women in our community doing extraordinary things. This week, we release the rest of our interview with our April feature, Lucinda Ockhuizen.

Which of the 17 SDGs resonate with you and why? How do you plan to work towards achieving this goal?

Gender Equality is the SDG that resonates with me the most because we live in a society where very few of the entire university enrolments for science fields are women, yet some of the most difficult challenges of our time can be solved by Scientists and Engineers. I plan to assist in achieving this goal by actively encouraging more women to embrace STEM fields in Namibia.

Why is it important to empower women and girls to pursue careers in the field of technology?

Empowering more women to work in the STEM fields will maximise innovation, creativity and efficiency. By making women part of the STEM workforce, services and solutions will be guided by a broader array of experiences and will be better designed and more likely to represent all users.

 What motivates you and who is your role model?

I am motivated by the idea of changing people’s lives and I am inspired by strong and powerful female role models and their stories.

 What is your advice to girls following their dreams?

I would say to young girls: “You can determine what your outlook is about a situation, despite where you come from or what you are going through and you shouldn’t let go of your dreams simply because someone else says it is impossible.”

 

#WCW Wednesday Celebrate Women features Lucinda Ockhuizen Part 2

UNIC Windhoek’s #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign features formidable women who are making a mark in their respective industries. Last week we introduced our April feature Lucinda Ockhuizen. This week we learn more about how her journey in 3D technology started… #WCW

As a Namibian woman in 3D technology in the country; can you tell us a bit about what that entails?

In 2014, while briefly living in Australia. I came across a 3D printer at a Children’s Science Fair and I was fascinated by the potential to create something from nothing. We thought of creating similar opportunities for our son and children in Namibia. A few months after we moved back to Namibia, we purchased our first 3D printer and started creating products for family and friends. Our first product was fabricated in our kitchen – a 3D printed map of the Namibian regions.

In 2016, I was nominated and subsequently shortlisted for the prestigious African Women Awards – Dynamic Start up Award. The nomination was an honour and door opener for me. In 2017 we introduced educational tech services and programs and we are currently working on a 3D printing programme which will align with the Namibian national curriculum. Continue reading

#WCW WednesdayCelebrateWomen: Meet Lucinda Ockhuizen

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honours women through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign. Throughout the campaign we will meet some of the inspiring women who are making an impact in their communities and find out how they bring about change.To kick start our campaign for 2018, we meet Lucinda Ockhuizen, co-founder, Gadget Boy 3D Solution.

  1. Who is Lucinda Ockhuizen?

I am an educator and a fortuitous social entrepreneur. I am also a daughter, sister, devoted wife and a mother to a 6 year-old boy. I grew up in a small town, in an entrepreneurial household. My mother was a seamstress, and a baker, and my father owned an auto-repair shop. The knowledge and experience I gained growing up in this environment would eventually be invaluable in starting my own business.

I completed a BSc degree in Human Life Sciences, a postgraduate Honours degree in Psychology, and a postgraduate certificate in Education at Stellenbosch University. Following my studies, I first worked as a high school teacher, teaching Sciences, Mathematics, Computer studies, and Life Orientation. I am currently self-employed as an Educational Consultant/Educator, with specific interest and expertise in STEM project-based learning, as well as providing learning support for learners with learning difficulties. In 2015, I became a Founding Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and the Director of Education, Research and Development at GadgetBoy 3D Solutions.

My ambition is to educate more women and children on emerging technological developments, to develop and implement solutions related to socio-cultural and environmental issues.

 Read more next week about being a Namibian woman in 3D technology…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#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

#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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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

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek 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.

In July 2007, I met my future husband, Harold Mouton, at a typical South African braai. In August 2009 I immigrated to Windhoek, Namibia, and started working in private practice. Harold and I were later married on the 18th December 2009.

My passion in health care in private practice here in Namibia has always been women and child health. Being a woman and general practitioner with interest in obstetrics, I’ve had the privilege to share in the joyous occasions of child bearing with many patients. To date I have delivered in excess of 500 babies. These moments are the career achievements I am most proud of. Every life that I’ve helped bring into this world is an amazing blessing from God. I am forever humbled by the majesty and power of God and His creation with every baby delivered! Continue reading

Meet this our #WednesdayCelebrateWomen feature: Maria Marealle: Architect, lecturer and researcher

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, Architect, Lecturer and Researcher. As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, UNIC Windhoek celebrates women making a positive impact in Namibia. As a way to get to know our features better, UNIC highlights one inspiring women per month.For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, a talented Architect as well as a devoted lecturer and researcher at the Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST.

A housing and urban development specialist, Maria works on development related interventions with the aim of reducing poverty and promoting equitable economic development which takes into account the needs of different sectors.

Maria holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban Housing Management which she obtained from Lund University, Sweden as well as a Post Graduate and an Advance Diploma in Architecture from Ardhi University in Tanzania. She started her career by working as a practicing Architect for 12 years, she then joined UNHABITAT as a housing and urban development specialist for a development project in Tanzania. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen features Maria Marealle: Architect, lecturer and researcher

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, Architect, Lecturer and Researcher. As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, UNIC Windhoek celebrates women making a positive impact in Namibia. As a way to get to know our features better, UNIC highlights one inspiring women per month.For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, a talented Architect as well as a devoted lecturer and researcher at the Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST.

A housing and urban development specialist, Maria works on development related interventions with the aim of reducing poverty and promoting equitable economic development which takes into account the needs of different sectors.

Maria holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban Housing Management which she obtained from Lund University, Sweden as well as a Post Graduate and an Advance Diploma in Architecture from Ardhi University in Tanzania. She started her career by working as a practicing Architect for 12 years, she then joined UNHABITAT as a housing and urban development specialist for a development project in Tanzania.

In 2009, Maria joined the Luxemburg Agency for Development Cooperation on a project NAM/343, as a Town Management expert, working on an Urban Development Project for Katima Mulilo.  Maria there after joined the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning at NUST as a lecturer and a researcher focusing on housing and urban development issues and challenges since January 2012.

Read the interview below to learn more about Maria Marealle, a lady doing her part to contribute to growth and development in Namibia.  Continue reading