Tag Archives: Gender equality

#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

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates RAF Fellow and Journalist Marlise Mouton

mouton-wcw-2016-raf-fellowIn 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 Wednesday Celebrate Women, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Marlise Mouton, a broadcast journalist at Channel 7 who recently became the fourth Namibian to complete the prestigious Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.

The RAF Programme is designed for young, full time journalists working in print, web-based, radio and television media from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Programme was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201 (paragraph III-9) and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honour Ms. Reham Al-Farra, a young UN staff member killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.

Check out Marlise’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about her experience in the RAF Programme, her career as a broadcast journalist and how media can be used as a platform to promote positive change. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Loide Amadhila, owner of 264Online

loide-wcwIn 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 #WednesdayCelebrateWomenUNIC Windhoek celebrates Loide Amadhila, the owner of Namibia’s first online fashion store, 264Online.

Check out Loide’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about how her passion for fashion inspired her to start her own online store and explains the vital role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in women’s empowerment. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Deputy Dean Lineekela Usebiu

lineekela-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 Lineekela Usebiu, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Namibia (UNAM).

Check out Lineekela’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she shares her thoughts on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates entrepreneur Hilda Basson-Namundjebo

Hilda, 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 entrepreneur Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, a leader in the field of communications in Namibia.

Check out Hilda’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she emphasises the importance of women’s empowerment and inspires women to be themselves and to ‘be amazing at it’. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates UNAM Lecturer Stacey Pinto

Stacey Pinto, #WCWEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Stacey Pinto, a Lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM) who also works at the British Commission and is a published author.

Read along as Stacey discusses her career, the challenges she has faced and how it is important for people to work together to take action in order to achieve women’s empowerment.

1.) Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career?

My name is Stacey Pinto (née Susa). I am a 29 year old woman who loves God and life, and I am passionate about investing time and effort into social issues that help change lives. I am a firm believer in people’s potential to be the change, no matter where life places them. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Senior Legal Aid Officer Jozanne Klazen

Jozanne, WCWEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Jozanne Klazen, a Senior Legal Aid Officer at the Directorate: Legal Aid of the Ministry of Justice.

In an interview with UNIC Windhoek, Jozanne discusses her career, how law can be used to promote gender equality and the importance of women’s empowerment.

Check out her interview!

1.) Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career?

I completed my Bachelors of Laws (LL.B) degree in 2012 at the University of the Free State, in the Republic of South Africa. During my undergraduate studies, I was a tutor for Legal Practice and Legal Skills and was asked to coach the first and second year students in oral arguments and writing. I was also responsible for designing a tutor’s guide that entailed designing flow charts to display legal processes and step-by-step instructions for assignments. This experience afforded me the skills to train and work with a large group of people from diverse backgrounds. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Chikune the NAMA Female Artist of the Year

Chikune, WCW copyIn an effort to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality, each Wednesday the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women who have excelled in their fields and who promote positive change in their communities.

This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates the reigning Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMA) Female Artist of the Year, Colleen Leitner, better known by her stage name Chikune, who has soared to great heights in the Namibian music industry.

Chikune has been singing ever since she was a young girl. During her childhood in Karibib, she took part in numerous singing competitions and her passion for music grew.

In 2012, her hard work and dedication to music carried her across the Atlantic Ocean and landed her in Los Angeles at the World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA), where she won the 2012 Senior Vocalist of the Year Award. Soon after in 2014, she was signed by Ogopa Butterfly Entertainment, a Namibian based record label. Ever since then she has never looked back and has blossomed in the Namibian music industry, performing catchy tunes that people cannot help but sing along to.

Chikune explains that music empowers her to be herself and gives her confidence, “I have always been a submissive person, and I have always been scared of confrontation. Music is the way I express myself. It is how I fight back and convey my arguments. When I sing and perform, I feel untouchable,” she says.

Although Chikune reigns as Female Artist of the Year, finding the spotlight in the Namibian music industry came with many challenges. “The toughest thing I went through as a female artist was when I was made to feel like my choice to get married and have a child was completely devastating to my career by my previous investors,” she says.

These challenges did not stop Chikune from pursuing her dreams, instead they pushed her to work harder. Recognising that gender inequality exists in media, Chikune stresses that, “Women’s empowerment is extremely important because it is still overlooked, especially in the music industry.” She adds that more laws should be put in place to protect artists and their work.

Despite the backlash from the music industry, Chikune is extremely happy with her music career and is a dedicated wife and mother. Besides dazzling her fans with her melodic voice, she is also currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Medicine and Surgery.

Chikune believes in the power of music, and uses it as a tool to convey her message to the world. “The lyrics in the music we listen to can be extremely powerful,” she explains. She says that since music is universal, the message of a song has the ability to reach many people, regardless of age.

For this reason she explains that music puts artists in a position of great influence through which they can promote just causes such as gender equality.

Chikune gives a word of advice and encouragement to girls pursuing their dreams by saying, “Even though the world has progressed well to equate both genders, we still live in a man’s world. There will be men in your life who will want to control you, and there will be those who are intimidated by your success and will try with all their might to break you, but do not give them the satisfaction nor be afraid to dream. Nothing is impossible to achieve if placed in the hands of God.”

Chikune lives each day of her life by the motto, “If you aim for the impossible, you can achieve the best possible, with the help of God.”