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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.

 

 

 

 

Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.


Every day women come up with game-changing inventions and life-enhancing creations that transform lives and advance human understanding from astrophysics to nanotechnology and from medicine to artificial intelligence and robotics.

And in the creative sphere, whether in the movies, animation, music, fashion, design, sculpture, dance, literature, art and more, women are re-imagining culture, testing the limits of artistry and creative expression, drawing us into new worlds of experience and understanding

The important and inspiring contributions of countless women around the globe are powering change in our world. Their “can do” attitude is an inspiration to us all. And their remarkable achievements are an invaluable legacy for young girls today with aspirations to become the inventors and creators of tomorrow.

More than ever before, women are taking up leadership roles and making their voices heard in the science, technology, business and the arts. This is good news. With women and men working together, we strengthen humanity’s hand, and improve our ability to enrich our shared cultural wealth and develop effective solutions to alleviate poverty, boost global health, and safeguard the environment. 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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#Proudtoserve UNIC Windhoek features Public Servants ahead of 23 June

In the run up to  the upcoming United Nations Public Service Day on 23rd June 2017, UNIC Windhoek will share the stories of Namibian public servants over the next week.

The United Nations Public Service Day celebrates public servants’ contribution to sustainable development. The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

UNIC Windhoek interviewed Ms. Julien Coetzee, a Namibian woman who has spent her life in public service.

Ms. Coetzee, a hardworking mother of two, a nurse at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Hospital in Rehoboth. A 13-year veteran of the health care industry. Ms. Coetzee works five days a week, with her shifts varying between 12 hours and 5 hours a day. She provides assistance and treatment to patients in the general ward of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Hospital where she enjoys the positive working environment and camaraderie shared by all the staff. This supportive atmosphere is essential to patient care, since improving a patient’s condition involves more than just medical treatment. Ms. Coetzee believe that a nurse can alleviate a patient’s suffering by “attending to them with a smile on their face.”

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#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: Nunu Namises advocates for Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals

The adoption of  the Sustainable Development Goals marked a tremendous shift for the post 2015 development agenda. 17 “Global Goals”   to charter new frontiers with regard to reaching 169 targets covering a broad range of development issues some of which include ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, promoting sustainable agriculture as well as ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

 

As part of the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) asks the #WCW feature to pick an SDG which resonates with them most and why. UNIC also asks how the #WCW plan to work towards achieving that particular goal.

UNIC’s dynamic feature, Nesindano Namises (Nunu) writer, poet, singer, mother and #WednesdayCelebrateWomen for the month of April chose goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals.”

This goal states that a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level. Nunu believes that “anything that involves our collective growth as a people should be considered a collaborative effort. Continue reading

#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

Op -Ed by Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Mr. Yury Fedotov.

From love to death

Across the world tens of thousands of women and girls are being loved to death.

Take a wide angle snapshot of these deaths and violent assaults and they become a recitation of women attacked in desperate circumstances.

Strangulations, often with everyday implements such as rolling pins and dog leads, frightening acid attacks, shootings, burnings, are just some of the ways women are murdered and scarred globally.

Despite only one in five global murders being female, the stories of their deaths are radically different to male murders. Men are most often killed by strangers.

The reverse is disastrously true for women. One of the singularly most dangerous places for a woman is the family home.

A woman’s most dangerous antagonist is not the serial killer, or the criminal opportunist, or the random murderer, but their intimate partner, or another family member.

In 2012, 43,600 women were killed by an intimate partner or a family member. This is an average of some 119 women killed globally every single day of the year or one every 12 minutes. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates educator Petra Wojcik

petra-wcwEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments through its #WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW social media campaign. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates educator Petra Wojcik.

Petra has been a teacher for eight years. After teaching in Germany, she came to Namibia in January 2015 and started at Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) where she teaches foreign language and social studies (politics).

From travelling the world and living in various countries, Petra gained valuable experiences and knowledge, which she applies to and incorporates into her teaching.

When she was 16 years old, her parents sent her to attend one year of high school in Melbourne, Australia where she learned about Australian culture and improved her English. Later during her studies at Bremen University in Germany, she went to England to study English intensively for half a year. These experiences formed her into the educator she is today.

Her international experience also prepared her to be the coordinator for Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) at DHPS, where she actively facilitates meaningful debates on pressing world issues for the students.

Check out Petra’s interview with UNIC Windhoek. Read along as she discusses the importance of quality education, explains how MUN promotes gender equality and encourages girls to live their dreams. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates yoga instructor Beauty Boois

Beauty Boois, WCWEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Beauty Boois, a local yoga instructor.

Boois, whose yoga journey began five years ago, received a scholarship from the Africa Yoga Project to complete a Yoga Teacher Training in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, she has established her own yoga business, ‘Yoga By Beauty’ which offers group, private and corporate yoga classes as well as hosts yoga events and partakes in community outreach.

Check out Beauty’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she describes her yoga journey as well as shares her thoughts on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Continue reading