In order to promote women’s empowerment and to generate awareness of the importance of 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 Ndahafa Hapulile, an advocate for gender equality who received recognition as an Emerging Entrepreneur at the Namibian Business Hall of Fame induction.
Ndahafa is currently employed as an Assistant to the Secretary General of the SWAPO Party. Additionally, she is an elected board member of the National Youth Council (NYC) of Namibia, chairing the Programme Oversight Committee.
She says, “As a social entrepreneur, I act as a change agent in my community by coming up with innovative ideas to improve systems and invent new approaches, with the hope of creating solutions to change society for the better.”
Check out Ndahafa’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about the career challenges she has faced due to her gender. Similarly, see her views on gender equality.
1.) Have you come across any challenges in your field because of your gender?
In every field, there are challenges. However, one of the more notable challenges I have experienced is [dealing with] the stereotypes associated with femininity [specifically when being ‘ladylike’ or ‘looking girly’].
In my field, I have noticed that women who look feminine tend to be thought of as “less brainy”. Beauty is seen as a form of weakness and vulnerability. Many women tone down their femininity to look and act more masculine in order to fit in.
However, as an advocate for gender equality [with experience in the] mining environment as a Metallurgist in training, I am determined to fight these stereotypes and draw inspiration from women like Hon. Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Rosalia Martins-Hausiku who maintained their ‘ladylikeness’ and still made wonderful strides in their respective fields. Continue reading