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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

#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

#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 Marbeline Goagoses for #WCW

Marbeline copy (1)UNIC Windhoek celebrates Marbeline Goagoses

On Wednesday 23 March 2016, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Marbeline Goagoses the Deputy Director of Information Research for the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation.

Marbeline was honoured to be part of #WednesdayCelebrateWomen. Specifically, she said the campaign, “has once again forced me to acknowledge and internalize my sole purpose in this life. And that is to inspire others to aim for positive results in any situation.”

She continued, “As I am very passionate about issues concerning my community in general and women in particular, I do believe that that there is no greater task then to find ways to empower women and build our society. “

Marbeline addresses women in this week’s #WednesdayCelebrateWomen. Through reflecting on her own life and decisions, she encourages women to take responsibility, be humble, and to take time for self-love. Continue reading