From local to global levels, women’s leadership and political participation are restricted. Not only are women underrepresented in leading positions, they also represent the minority in civil service, in elected office positions, in the private sector and in academia. This imbalance persists despite women’s proven abilities as leaders and agents of change as well as their right to participate equally in democratic governance.
During lunch time and after a 35 km drive to the Katutura township, the UNIC Windhoek team were greeted by 600 girls at Hage Geingob High School on 25 July 2016, who excitedly awaited to partake in the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia’s ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach programme.
The National Information Officer to Namibia, Ms. Anthea Basson, addressed the motivated crowd and engaged with them in an open dialog on how they experience gender injustice and discrimination in their daily lives. The girls impatiently awaited their turn to voice their concerns on issues affecting women and girls, and they passionately shared their insight and proposed solutions issues raised. Continue reading →
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek armours on to strengthen and amplify young girl’s voices by empowering Namibian women and girls to be advocates of their own rights through the ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach programme. On the cold winter morning of 25th July 2016, the UNIC Windhoek team set off to the Windhoek Afrikaans Privaatskool (WAP), to share its lesson plan on gender equality and women’s empowerment (Goal #5 of the SDGs) with 200 enthusiastic female learners.
The girls and UNIC Windhoek team were welcomed by a word of wisdom and prayer from the management of the school. With knowledge of the increase of drug abuse among youngsters, the educator informed the girls that they are special and shared with them the life story of a very well-known Afrikaans artist, Karin Zoid’s, and described her battle with drug, self-defeat and survival.
The administrator mentioned that although we all share a common core belief of the negative impact of drugs on people’s lives, she said that it is wise to avoid becoming involved in drugs as it only leads to misery and loss of agency. The inspirational message ended with a mellow song of the aforementioned artist ‘Ek lewe’. Continue reading →
Wednesday morning was an exciting morning for the Rocky Crest High School female learners, as they had the opportunity to engage with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative to Namibia Ms. Dennia Gayle through the UN System in Namibia’s ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach programme.
After a brief introduction by the National Information Officer to Namibia, Ms. Anthea Basson, Ms. Gayle asked the girls to share their thoughts on women’s empowerment, as she emphasized that the minds of young people produce some of the best ideas.
Answering the question ‘why is it important to invest in teenage girls?’, Ms. Gayle reminded the learners that although teenage girls around the world face more and greater challenges than their male counterparts, it does not mean that the boy child is not affected but rather the depth of the challenges faced by the girls is higher than that of boys. Continue reading →
The ‘Prosperous Path, Leading in Vocation’ education outreach initiative critically aims at motivating girls and advocating that women’s empowerment is central to sustainable development. This engagement called for the recognition of the need to empower girls, particularly to strengthen their own capacities and to encourage their participation in the decision-making processes.
The open dialogue with secondary level learners at Tanben College highlighted numerous problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, teenage pregnancy, discrimination and rape, to mention a few. The most particular challenge for some of the girls was that traditional structures hold them back from reaching their full potential and owning their self-worth.
Ms. Basson encouraged the audience to provide possible solutions to the problems raised. One of the learners suggested the implementation of measureable mentorship programmes that help girls stand up for themselves. Another, suggestion was that Namibia should adopt the measure taken by some European countries to ensure the employment of 40% women in companies. Continue reading →
Education is the key factor for women’s empowerment, prosperity, development and welfare, and in building the self-confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to participate fully in global sustainable development.
The United Nations System in Namibia embarked on a month long journey to educate 5000 girls about gender equality and women’s empowerment, but also to motivate them to gain more knowledge about issues that affect them in order to achieve a higher status and build positive self-esteem, confidence and the necessary courage and inner strength to face challenges in life.
Education is the most powerful tool in changing the position of the girl child in society, and the ‘Prosperous Path, Leading in Vocation’ dialogue session with the learners of Cosmos High School identified the obstacles and discrimination girls face on a daily basis, leading to fruitful discussion of how to bring about change. Continue reading →
Alcohol and substance abuse, early age sexual relations, teenage pregnancy and peer pressure are some of the issues that affect Secondary School learners across Namibia. More than 66% of the Namibian population is aged 30 and below, and if these issues are not addressed, they will continue to affect the younger generation’s academic and social lives.
Starting off the day, the Jan Möhr administration invited Pastor Chris Johnson to bless the girls before they begin with exams, and he touched on some of the issues which affect student’s academic performances and urged the students to stay away from drugs, alcohol and sexual activities. Pastor Johnson’s speech was a great ice breaker for the Prosperous Paths outreach, as it motivated the learners’ to think about problems faced by women across Namibia. Continue reading →
The UN System in Namibia engaged with over 410 girls from Windhoek Technical School as part of ‘Prosperous Paths’, a programme that aims at empowering and educating Namibian girls. The girls were very supportive and excited to be part of the campaign, engaging in meaningful discussions regarding issues of gender inequality with the UN System staff.
Ms. Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia, started by introducing the mandate of the United Nations and asked questions to evaluate the learners’ knowledge of the UN and its work in Namibia.
She then asked the learners the question, “What are the biggest challenges facing women and girls in Namibia, and how do we solve them? The girls impatiently awaited their turn to voice their concerns on issues affecting women and girls and they passionately shared their insight, and proposed solutions. Continue reading →
The United Nations System in Namibia team continued its Prosperous Paths outreach programme at Combretum Trust, a secondary level school in Windhoek, on Friday, 8 July 2016.
Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia, started by asking Combretum Trust’s female learners a few questions about the United Nations to test their knowledge as well as to gauge their familiarity with the UN’s work in Namibia. The students stated the UN Agencies they had heard of and explained the work each agency does in Namibia. Continue reading →
As part of ‘Prosperous Paths’ which aims at empowering 5,000 girls, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia educated 600 female secondary school learners at Academia High School about gender equality and encouraged them to promote the aims of the fifth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
On Tuesday 5 July 2016, Ms. Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia, welcomed the highly motivated crowd and introduced them to the scope and commitments of the United Nations worldwide, while also emphasizing the ultimate objectives and duties of the UN System for the Namibian society.
Throughout a short and informative slideshow, the students were educated on the United Nations efforts to “end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.” Continue reading →
On Friday 1 July 2016, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia hosted the second “Prosperous Path” outreach at Augustineum Secondary School in Khomasdal, Windhoek. True to the campaign’s motto to ‘foster empowerment and education among young females in Namibia’, the event was held in front of a highly motivated audience of over 400 female students aged 12 to 18.
Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Namibia, addressed the girls on this special occasion and engaged with them in a dialogue about the work of the United Nations in Namibia, its efforts in promoting human rights and the importance of spreading the message of gender equality. Continue reading →