Women play an integral role in our society. In an endeavour to feature women from different sectors, our WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW campaign, highlights women in our community doing extraordinary things. This week, we release the rest of our interview with our April feature, Lucinda Ockhuizen.
Which of the 17 SDGs resonate with you and why? How do you plan to work towards achieving this goal?
Gender Equality is the SDG that resonates with me the most because we live in a society where very few of the entire university enrolments for science fields are women, yet some of the most difficult challenges of our time can be solved by Scientists and Engineers. I plan to assist in achieving this goal by actively encouraging more women to embrace STEM fields in Namibia.
Why is it important to empower women and girls to pursue careers in the field of technology?
Empowering more women to work in the STEM fields will maximise innovation, creativity and efficiency. By making women part of the STEM workforce, services and solutions will be guided by a broader array of experiences and will be better designed and more likely to represent all users.
What motivates you and who is your role model?
I am motivated by the idea of changing people’s lives and I am inspired by strong and powerful female role models and their stories.
What is your advice to girls following their dreams?
I would say to young girls: “You can determine what your outlook is about a situation, despite where you come from or what you are going through and you shouldn’t let go of your dreams simply because someone else says it is impossible.”
Our Model United Nations programme is specifically targeted for Namibian youth! Young people have the opportunity to learn more about the UN by modelling diplomats and heads of member states in a simulation of the General Assembly. Topical discussions take place and the aim is to reach consensus and pass a resolution at the end of the conference. As youth gather to deliberate and step into the shoes of diplomats they need to learn about the UN and how it works, the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda and need to stay true to ideals of the UN Charter. The Model UN programme develops critical thinking and analysis and provides young people with a more pragmatic view of international relations and diplomacy.
Preparations are under way to host the 7th annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) conference for high school learners in Namibia. The applications forms are streaming in and soon the UNIC Windhoek team will release the final selection of delegates who will convene during September 2018 in Windhoek to debate, lobby and negotiate as member states of the General Assembly. For more information about the programme please email us: email@example.com or call us at 061 204 6367.
UNIC Windhoek’s #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign features formidable women who are making a mark in their respective industries. Last week we introduced our April feature Lucinda Ockhuizen. This week we learn more about how her journey in 3D technology started… #WCW
As a Namibian woman in 3D technology in the country; can you tell us a bit about what that entails?
In 2014, while briefly living in Australia. I came across a 3D printer at a Children’s Science Fair and I was fascinated by the potential to create something from nothing. We thought of creating similar opportunities for our son and children in Namibia. A few months after we moved back to Namibia, we purchased our first 3D printer and started creating products for family and friends. Our first product was fabricated in our kitchen – a 3D printed map of the Namibian regions.
In 2016, I was nominated and subsequently shortlisted for the prestigious African Women Awards – Dynamic Start up Award. The nomination was an honour and door opener for me. In 2017 we introduced educational tech services and programs and we are currently working on a 3D printing programme which will align with the Namibian national curriculum. Continue reading →
UNIC Windhoek through its graduate internship placement programme hosts national and international interns for a minimum period of 3 months up to 6 months. During the internship, interns are exposed to the work of the UN Namibia and work along side UNIC Windhoek staff to implement programmes and campaigns. Meet one of our talented Namibian interns currently working at the Centre, Gina Gowases.
Masimba Tafirenyika, Director of the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria was on official visit to the UNIC Windhoek Centre in Namibia. During his visit from 9-11 April 2018 he met with the United Nations Country Team in Namibia ( representing all the agencies in Namibia), the UN Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Communications Group as well as stakeholders and partners of the UNIC Windhoek office.
UNIC Pretoria holds regional responsibilities to assist other UNICs in sub-Saharan Africa. With South Africa’s well developed infrastructure, large national and international media presence, relatively well resourced government departments, established academia, active civil society and an extensive diplomatic corps. Pretoria is thus a logical choice for such a regional hub. The office lends substantive support to other UNICs on thematic and logistical issues, as well as, where necessary, policy guidance and information outreach assistance. Continue reading →
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honours women through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign. Throughout the campaign we will meet some of the inspiring women who are making an impact in their communities and find out how they bring about change.To kick start our campaign for 2018, we meet Lucinda Ockhuizen, co-founder, Gadget Boy 3D Solution.
Who is Lucinda Ockhuizen?
I am an educator and a fortuitous social entrepreneur. I am also a daughter, sister, devoted wife and a mother to a 6 year-old boy. I grew up in a small town, in an entrepreneurial household. My mother was a seamstress, and a baker, and my father owned an auto-repair shop. The knowledge and experience I gained growing up in this environment would eventually be invaluable in starting my own business.
I completed a BSc degree in Human Life Sciences, a postgraduate Honours degree in Psychology, and a postgraduate certificate in Education at Stellenbosch University. Following my studies, I first worked as a high school teacher, teaching Sciences, Mathematics, Computer studies, and Life Orientation. I am currently self-employed as an Educational Consultant/Educator, with specific interest and expertise in STEM project-based learning, as well as providing learning support for learners with learning difficulties. In 2015, I became a Founding Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and the Director of Education, Research and Development at GadgetBoy 3D Solutions.
My ambition is to educate more women and children on emerging technological developments, to develop and implement solutions related to socio-cultural and environmental issues.
Read more next week about being a Namibian woman in 3D technology…
UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 11 – 17 December 2017.
11 December is International Mountain Day, an occasion to highlight how climate, hunger and migration are affecting highlands and to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1btA8OV
Neutrality — defined as the legal status arising from the abstention of a state from all participation in a war between other states, the maintenance of an attitude of impartiality toward the belligerents, and the recognition by the belligerents of this abstention and impartiality — is critically important for the United Nations to gain and maintain the confidence and cooperation of all in order to operate independently and effectively, especially in situations that are politically charged. For this reason, International Day of Neutrality is commemorated annually on 12 December. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2ibnIN4
A workshop to draft a National Strategy on Health in All Policies will be held from 12-14 December in Okahandja. The aim will be to draft a National Strategy on Health in All Policies with the aim of capacitating government to be able to assess different industries policies on the health of the population and to provide alternative for more health promoting policies.
Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Training Workshop will be taking place from 12 – 15 December in Windhoek, Namibia.
After Action Review (AAR or Post-Outbreak Review) for the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) Outbreak that was reported in Omaheke and Omusati regions earlier this year. The aim of this workshop will be to identify best practices and challenges encountered during the response to the CCHF outbreak and to identify/evaluate prevention, preparedness, and coordination and risk coordination mechanisms in responding to future CCHF and related public health threats. The AAR will be taking place from 12-17 December 2017, C’est Si Bon Hotel in Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa region.
On Thursday, 27th July 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) hosted the “Greening the Blue” Staff Town Hall to discuss the latest movement in the journey towards making the United Nations House a more environmentally sustainable place. Following former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s 2007 call upon all UN agencies to “go green”, the solar panel launch on the 26th of July at the UN House was a big step towards the Greening the Blue initiative (GtB).
The “Greening the Blue” initiative is part of the UN’s global drive to fulfil its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the foundation of the 2030 Agenda. Within the SDGs, Goal 7, “Affordable and Clean Energy“, strives to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all and Goal 13, “Climate Action“, aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The GtB initiative strives to create a more mindful UN in order to address environmental sustainability in Namibia and promote the SDGs through exemplary leadership. While the GtB initiative is specifically targeted to reduce carbon footprints in the UN system, its greater aim is to help efforts to design programs and projects in line with international, regional and national aspirations to conserve the environment and limit carbon footprints. Continue reading →
Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of uplifting others, addressing critical social issues and most importantly sharing a memory in the promotion of justice and social cohesion.
On 13 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with Windhoek High School (WHS) to host the second Nelson Mandela Day Canned Food Drive. The project is part of a greater effort to assist local soup kitchens with food supplies in commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. Over 650 canned food items were collected from the event and donated to the Okuryangava Feeding Centre, a local soup kitchen in Katutura.
Four high schools in Windhoek pledged their commitment to alleviate hunger in vulnerable communities—a core tenet of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative has seen tremendous success in solidifying partnerships and assisting soup kitchens, thus easing the burden of soup kitchens and aiding them to focus on servicing members of their respective communities.
At the handover ceremony Windhoek High School students, and the UNIC team highlighted the meaning behind the upcoming day that commemorates Nelson Mandela’s exceptional dedication to community service. The Day was established on 18 July 2009 through a United Nations resolution to commemorate the tireless activism of Nelson Mandela. Its foremost principle is to dedicate 67 minutes to community involvement, assisting those in need of support. The UNIC team has made it a priority to see his legacy continued and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) has consistently implemented in the design process of community outreach initiatives. While the canned food drive project strikes at the heart of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it particularly emphasizes the second goal, “Zero Hunger”, which is geared towards the elimination of world hunger and malnutrition, as well as supporting sustainable food systems. Part of Mandela’s legacy was advocating for the eradication of global hunger and with the SDG’s now permeating UN initiativesat international and local levels, canned food drives are very much a part of his legacy and the modern strides toward development that the SDG’s aim to achieve.Continue reading →