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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

#WCW: Wednesday Celebrate Women for April: Nesidano Namises ( Nunu)

As part of our on-going Wednesday Celebrate Women Campaign, a campaign pioneered by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek to celebrate inspiring women making a difference within Namibia, UNIC Windhoek features writer, poet, singer, mother and our #WCW for the month of April,  Nesindano Namises (Nunu).

“Poetry, like most art forms has the ability to heal through self-expression” Nesidano Namises, UNIC’s dynamic feature for April’s #WednesdayCelebrateWoman

 

 

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Nesindano Namises popularly known as Nunu; writer, poet, singer and mother.

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Nesindano Namises popularly known as Nunu; writer, poet, singer and mother.

As part of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomenCampaign, 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 Nesindano Namises writer, poet, singer and mother. Nesindano describes herself as “A bi-sexual activist, I am however not afraid to admit that I love making my art. Writing, singing, poetry. It’s all put me exactly where I need to be so that I finally understand where I need to go. I think my career achievements are soon to peak, I’m not there yet, but I know that my work as a mother has proven more successful than my work as an artist.”

Read below to learn more about the multi-talented Nesindano, also known as “Nunu” who despite her busy schedule is able to find a balance between work and her role as a mother.

 Tell us about your favourite performance?

Sometime in July 2015, FLON hosted a dinner with Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur (known as Ghana’s second lady), having been invited to recite some of my poetry, I remember feeling so relieved and excited that one of our leaders had actually shown such a keen interest in poetry in this country. Then she (the phenomenal FLON) quoted something she heard me say on a local TV show. I died. She is so lit. I appreciate that. We all do.

 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

To get my work published and read on a broader platform, work on a (second, third?) album as Blend, a duo I am part of. I wish to travel with my work. I would love to share as much of what I do as possible with as many different people in the world, but because five year plans can change, I am mostly hoping that I am healed and that my work will be able to have a positive impact on the lives and movements that it’s inspired and surrounded by. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: Sister Christy advocates for Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a worldwide call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Adopted in 2015, the SDGs comprise of 17 Goals that aim to transform the world by 2030.

As part of the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW Campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek asks each WCW feature to pick one of the SDGs which resonates with them most and share how they plan to work towards achieving that particular goal.

Sister Christy, a registered nurse at the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) and UNIC Windhoek’s #WCW for the month of March, chose Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being. This goal is intended to safeguard healthy lives and uphold the well-being for all at all ages.

Echoing the targets of Goal 3, Sister Christy says that, “Health is a fundamental human right for everyone, irrespective of your gender, race, age educational status or socio-economic background, and every person is entitled to have the best possible health status.”

In terms of Goal 3, noteworthy steps have been taken to increase life expectancy and reduce needless deaths associated with child and maternal mortality. From the time the SDGs were implemented, much progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Good health and well-being is a key focus area in Namibia and in Sister Christy’s work. She explains, “It’s my responsibility to be part of the team that actively works hard in order to promote health, prevent disease and prolong life.”

Increasing knowledge, raising awareness and shifting attitudes related to the prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation of common health have been some of the attention areas in achieving Goal 3.

Sister Christy pledges to try her, “[…]utmost best to create awareness and provide health education on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and timely health care, not only [for] cancer but [for] health in general.” Continue reading

2016 #WCW Features continue to inspire and promote gender equality

Throughout 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrated women and their accomplishments through the #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign.

“The multifaceted #WCW campaign reached a large audience, as it was shared on UNIC Windhoek’s website and across social media. Our hope is that the campaign inspired many girls and women to go after their dreams and to bring about positive change in their lives,” said Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia.

Starting around International Women’s Day in March 2016, UNIC Windhoek introduced a weekly social media campaign through which it celebrated the accomplishments of women with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of continuing to strive towards achieving gender equality. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates junior tax consultant Helena Ndapanda Ndoroma

Ihelena-wcwn order to promote women’s empowerment and to generate awareness of the importance of achieving gender equality, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments each Wednesday.

For this week’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Helena Ndapanda Ndoroma, a proud mother who also works as a junior tax consultant.

Check out Helena’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about women’s empowerment and encourages young girls to follow their dreams.

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

I am first and foremost a mother to the most amazing little baby girl in the world. While balancing motherhood, I am a junior tax consultant at Deloitte Namibia. I enjoy singing, dancing, running with colleagues and having a laugh with friends. Although it has been a while since I last took a dip, I thoroughly enjoy swimming.

2.) What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment and gender equality?

I believe that women should be afforded the same opportunities as men and not be defined or restricted by past customs and practices. We live in a new world where women are capable of balancing and excelling in both ‘work life’ and ‘home life’ if they wish to do so, and above all, they are allowed to.

3.) Have you come across any challenges in your field because of your gender?

No. My workplace embraces diversity of both culture and gender. In fact, my department is actually female-dominant. There are 3 brave men working alongside 9 ladies.

4.) What is your advice to girls pursuing their dreams?

I say: Ladies, believe in your dreams and go for them. The sky is the limit and no one can tell you otherwise. The road is not a simple smooth one, there will be downfalls and obstacles to overcome but always remember that it is not impossible. With Faith and belief all is possible.

5.) What is your motto in life?

If you’re not living on the edge then you’re taking up too much space. You Only Live Once so make it count!

 

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates education planning specialist Frances Ferreira

francis, wcwEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates education planning, policy and management specialist Frances Ferreira, the founding Director of the Namibian College of Open Learning.

Born in the southern town of Mariental, Frances hails from a large family of ten children. A professional and mother of four beautiful daughters, Ferreira’s life’s work and passion has taken her across the world. Our Namibian education specialist is currently in Pakistan with the GIRLS Inspire project, serving as the Senior Advisor, Women and Girls.

Frances has more than thirty years’ experience in the field of education and education management in various contexts, including basic education, technical and vocational education, adult and continuing education as well as open and distance learning (ODL).

She has worked with government ministries, statutory bodies, international development agencies, education and training institutions, non-governmental and community-based organisations throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Frances has also edited and co-authored various publications.  Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates RAF Fellow and Journalist Marlise Mouton

mouton-wcw-2016-raf-fellowIn order to promote women’s empowerment and to generate awareness of the importance of achieving gender equality, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments each Wednesday. For this week’s #WCW Wednesday Celebrate Women, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Marlise Mouton, a broadcast journalist at Channel 7 who recently became the fourth Namibian to complete the prestigious Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.

The RAF Programme 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. The Programme 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.

Check out Marlise’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about her experience in the RAF Programme, her career as a broadcast journalist and how media can be used as a platform to promote positive change. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Loide Amadhila, owner of 264Online

loide-wcwIn order to promote women’s empowerment and to generate awareness of the importance of  achieving gender equality, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments each Wednesday.

For this week’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomenUNIC Windhoek celebrates Loide Amadhila, the owner of Namibia’s first online fashion store, 264Online.

Check out Loide’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about how her passion for fashion inspired her to start her own online store and explains the vital role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in women’s empowerment. Continue reading