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#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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#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

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates UN Cares Programme Coordinator Raturua Tjindere

raturua-wcw-updatedIn 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 Raturua Tjindere, a UN National Volunteer and UN Cares Programme Coordinator.

Raturua was born and raised in Namibia along with her five siblings. She says that her parents are her biggest motivation in life. “I am a humble and strong person today because of my wonderful mother,” she says.

After attending secondary school at Jan Mohr in Windhoek, Raturua studied at the University of Namibia (UNAM) and graduated with a Diploma in Local Government Studies.

She then started her first job as a credit controller, and she says, “I didn’t know that God had better and bigger plans for my life.”

In 2015, she applied and was selected for a youth volunteer post as a Program Assistant with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). From there, she sought out United Nations Volunteers and was hired to the position where she finds herself today, as a UN National Volunteer and UN Cares Programme Coordinator.

Besides working with the UN System in Namibia, Raturua also currently studies at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) doing a degree in Public Management.

Check out Raturua’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about stigma and discrimination in the workplace, women’s empowerment and gender equality. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates veteran journalist, Francoise Steynberg, a passionate reporter with a heart for the environment

francoise wcw twitterEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. In light of the “International Day for Biological Diversity” which was commemorated on 22 May and raises awareness on the impact human development has had on wildlife, #WCW commemorates a journalist who has worked closely with the Rhino population in Namibia.

This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Francoise Steynberg, a veteran journalist with a heart for nature. Read  the interview UNIC Windhoek had with Francoise below, and learn more about her exciting career journey!

1.) Could you tell us about your career?

I have been a newspaper journalist for 22 years. I started my newspaper career at Rustenburg Herald in South Africa and was promoted after a month to editor of a regional paper, Brits Post. It was very challenging, because I was very young. After two years, I went backpacking in Europe, where after I moved back to Namibia and joined the daily Afrikaans newspaper Republikein.

I moved to Stellenbosch in South Africa where I worked as a communications officer for Capitec Bank, the fastest growing bank in South Africa, running two in-house newsletters. I got fed up with corporate life and decided to travel and work at the same time. I started working as an English teacher in Taiwan and travelled extensively in Asia for six years. I still wrote free-lance for travel magazines in Taiwan and was a correspondent for a radio station in South Africa. In 2009 I finally returned to Namibia and joined Republikein again, where I am now a chief reporter.

2.) Why did you choose to go into media / choose to work as an environmental journalist?

I love languages, reading and writing. I am addicted to following the news and I love the smell of freshly printed newspapers and books. I was always an all-rounder in my journalistic career and I can do any beat (except financial reporting). As a child I was lucky to grow up on a farm in Namibia and I love animals and nature. This played an important role in how I ended up being an environmental journalist.  Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates local radio and television personality Kirsty Watermeyer

16-00027_Digital-Cards-5bEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Kirsty Watermeyer, a local television and radio personality.

Currently, Kirsty is the host of a weekly local television talk show Tupopyeni meaning ‘Let’s Talk’ on NBC Television. She is also the manager and host of Master Your Destiny, which is a weekly radio talk show on 99FM. Kirsty has also been involved in the Namibian film industry staring in a few local short films. In addition to being an MC for many corporate and private events, she is also the Head Judge of the Windhoek Lager Ambassadors program.

Check out Kirsty’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she describes her journey into broadcast and media as well as shares her thoughts on gender equality, human empowerment and self-awareness. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates ophthalmologist Dr. Helena Ndume

4468ca33-8a37-4895-8ab4-db150b73db08Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Helena Ndume, a Namibian ophthalmologist who has performed over 30,000 free eye surgeries.

Before going into ophthalmology, which is the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease, Dr. Ndume dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. However, after talking with a mentor and thinking about the needs of Namibia and its people, she decided to go into the field of medicine.

Upon returning from exile in 1989, she completed an internship and decided to specialize in ophthalmology. She says, “I could see that there were so many blind people here, blinded by preventable blindness just because we don’t have [enough] doctors in this country.”

The first place she went to was Rundu. Although her and her team examined 500 people and booked for 200 to come back, only 80 people came back for treatment because people were skeptical about eye surgery because it was something they never heard of.

Dr. Ndume describes the fear of the people who did not know about ophthalmology, “They were so scared. They said, ‘Have you ever heard of a person operating on people’s eyes? If you go there, your eyes will be damaged.'” Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek celebrates intern Nicola for #WCW

nicola WCW Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments in order to inspire other women to be the best they can be and to fight against gender inequality.

This #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates one of its interns, Nicola Gallagher. Read along as this motivated young American woman reflects on her positive experience with the agency and her path towards self-discovery.

Growing, learning and serving on my path to finding my true self

As a recent graduate from Boston College, a Jesuit Catholic University in the United States of America, I was worried about entering into the ‘real world.’ I was afraid of leaving the supportive University environment as I set on the path towards finding my true self. Luckily, this path has lead me across the Atlantic Ocean to UNIC Windhoek.

‘Setting the world aflame’ by being a ‘woman for others’

At University, the Jesuit priests urged me to be a ‘woman for others’ and ‘to set the world aflame’. Specifically as a communication major, I was interested in how communication could aid me in serving my fellow human beings and bringing about change.

I knew that I wanted to be part of a company or organization that worked towards serving other people and that challenged injustices in the world. From a small age, I dreamed about working for the United Nations.

Being part of the team that works to communicate the work of the United Nations with the Namibian public has given me the opportunity to utilize my academic background to create educational and informative messages that are shared with the Namibian public.

My positive experience at this internship has reminded me how important it is to do what I am passionate about and that no matter what path a person takes in life, it is important to stay true to oneself. I am passionate about questioning the world around me and promoting peace, equality and love, and I am blessed to be able to do that with UNIC Windhoek. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek celebrate women – Anthea Basson #WCW

Anthea 2Last week UNIC Windhoek launched its social media campaign, #Wednesday Celebrate Women, our weekly celebration of women in Namibia who make a valuable contribution in their local communities. The aim of the campaign is to feature hardworking Namibian woman from all walks of life.

This week, we’d like to give a very special shout-out to our very own, Anthea Basson of the United Nations Information Centre Windhoek.

Meet Anthea Basson, as she reflects on her journey…

My Dad raised his seven children with an iron fist, and I grew up knowing that women should work to get ahead in life. My parents brought me up to be dependent on myself,and of course facing many challenges in a predominantly male-dominated work environment, I instantly learned not to blame the workplace culture and bias for any of my misfortunes.

I always remind myself that I am and remain the tour guide of my own journey. I know who I am and what I’m passionate about. I refuse to let other people’s expectations rob the world of the special role that I am supposed to play in it. I’ve taken ownership of what I do and bring it to the table because I am in control of what is available in my hands. Needless to say “I am a woman weaved by life’s challenges, a woman of substance.” My life is not glorious and I don’t have medals or trophies to flaunt, but my biggest trophy is the fact that I pour my heart and soul into my work or what I can do to uplift others. Continue reading