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#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

#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