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A day in her shoes: #WCW Sister Christy

As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomen Campaign, UNIC Windhoek got to know Sister Christy, a registered nurse at the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) and #WCW for the month of March, by shadowing her for a day.

Cancer awareness in Namibia is rapidly increasing because of CAN’s effective awareness campaigns which are implemented through the hard work and dedication of its staff. For this reason, a day in Sister Christy shoes starts off early. She says, “I start off by driving the cancer patients to the hospital for treatment.” Continue reading

#BeBoldForChange Artwork on display at the UN House

Art work, created by students at the University of Namibia (UNAM) on International Women’s Day (IWD), is currently on display at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

The dynamic pieces depict how the empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description and were created during the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s #BeBoldForChange Art Competition.

The Competition was part of UNIC Windhoek’s two-hour awareness programme which comprised of numerous activities including an open mic and student’s pledging to promote women’s empowerment. Continue reading

IWD: UNAM students encourage their peers to #BeBoldForChange

International Women’s Day (IWD), commemorated globally on 8 March, is a, “time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities” (UN International Observances).

In light of IWD, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted an awareness-raising event at Olupale Square on the main campus of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in an effort to engage with tertiary students on gender equality, women’s empowerment and Goal 5 ‘Gender Equality’ of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNAM Student Representative Council (SRC) Representative for Community Development Mr. Laeka Ileka opened the event by highlighting that women play an important role in society and are a great source of light in all aspects of society. He continued to explain that the reason IWD exists is to show women across the globe that their efforts and the challenges they face have not been forgotten.

Following the introduction, students were invited to share their thoughts and opinions on women’s empowerment and gender equality through an open mic session. 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

“HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations” exhibition at UN Headquarters

The Group of Friends for Gender Parity, a coalition of over 60 like-minded Member States committed to advocating for gender parity in the United Nations, organized an exhibition, “HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations”, which was co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Colombia, Germany, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

The exhibit was launched on 13 December 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Please visit the exhibition through the UN News Centre article below: :
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55871

Here is a link to other UN Exhibits, which include another two exhibitions on women at: http://unexhibitsny.org/explore

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates social entrepreneur Ndahafa Hapulile

ndahafa-wcwIn 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

#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!

 

#FemaleLeadership: Learners promise to use their talents to help those around them

2-4“Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.” -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

Similar to this quote, the girls learned about their individual intrinsic value through the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ programme session on 8 November 2016.

The programme session kicked off with the learners reintroducing themselves to each other and the new participants of the programme. However, many of the learners have already started to make new friends in the programme, and before the programme started, they were already having side conversations about women’s empowerment and the topics from the day before.

day-2-3Throughout the day, the girls were tasked to come up with different ways to uplift themselves and fellow Namibian women from poverty. After intricate discussions, the learners collectively agreed that pursuing ‘blessers’ or ‘sugar daddies’ is not a viable solution to alleviating themselves from poverty.

The learners then watched a testimonial of a young girl talking about her ‘sugar daddy’ experience. This video fuelled further floor discussion amongst the learners, which allowed the learners to look within themselves and evaluate their own teen behaviour. Continue reading

Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership begins with engaging discussions on Women’s Empowerment

From June to August 2016, the UN System in Namibia facilitated a series of informative talks with 5000 young girls at schools in Windhoek. The ‘Prosperous Paths: Leading in Vocation’ programme educated the girl-child about Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely gender equality, and encouraged learners to follow their dreams. A selection of girls were invited to the follow up programme, ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ which aims to equip girls with skills and information to empower girls in the community.

dsc_1095On 7 November 2016, the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ started, a week long, full day programme filled with discussions, invited speakers and practical exercises addressing some of the common questions and gaps young girls spoke about at the 5000 girls talks.

A group of  girls from different schools in Windhoek as well as NAMCOL gathered at the UN House in Klein Windhoek to further their journey in the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ programme.

dsc_1224The learners met in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek library where they were welcomed by Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and introduced to the UNIC Windhoek team. As they waited in suspense for the programme to start, the learners expressed that they were both excited and nervous.

Immediately testing their public speaking skills, Basson asked the learners to partner up and ask a few questions to their partner to get to know them. The learners then introduced their partners to the group, standing up and boldly sharing their partner’s name, which school they attend and a fun fact about them. Continue reading

#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