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#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

UN Day: UN Namibia stresses importance of partnerships in implementing SDGs

groupThe United Nations (UN) System in Namibia celebrated the role of partnerships in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the launch of the United Nations (UN) Day Exhibition on 24 October.

Strategic partners are the backbone of the UN’s work in Namibia and form the vital link between the UN and Namibia’s local communities. Partners provide the knowledge, support, technical expertise, security and monitoring tools to not only maintain a safe network, but also to plan for the future as the UN continues to grow. Thus, it is imperative for the UN System in Namibia to align themselves with the Namibian Government’s National Plans and to foster effective strategic partnerships with stakeholders.

guestsIn addition to celebrating individuals and partner organisations, it is important to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of partnerships as a whole, which in turn may help find and nurture advocates or champions of development programmes.

Under the theme ‘Agenda 2030: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Partnerships and the work of the UN in Namibia’, the official UN Day programme celebrated the SDGs and partnerships on the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations. Continue reading

UN Namibia congratulates UNAIDS Special Advocate Geingos

2016-10-11-17-42-11At a luncheon today, the UN System in Namibia congratulated Ms. Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls and discussed the opportunities that her appointment brings in the fight to end AIDS / HIV.

Windhoek, 11 October 2016 – The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia congratulated the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls at a luncheon today as well as discussed the opportunities her appointment brings to Namibia.

Madam Geingos was named a UNAIDS Special Advocate in September 2016, around the same time as the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 3 Months after the Adoption of the UN Political Declaration for Ending AIDS by 2030. With her appointment, she will champion of Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free, an agenda to put the world on a Super-Fast-Track to end AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.

“It is a role I accepted with great relish as it speaks to our shared dream of a HIV-free generation, which is able to harness its full potential,” Madam Geingos said at the luncheon. Continue reading

UNPAF Poverty Pillar discusses poverty with DHPS secondary level Learners

dsc_0005On Thursday, 22 September 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek on behalf of the United Nations Partnership Assistance Framework (UNPAF) Poverty Pillar visited the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) for its Project Day, at which students had the opportunity to talk with ‘experts’ from diverse sectors in Namibia in regards to poverty eradication and urbanisation.

Starting off the morning, the experts introduced themselves to the students in the school’s auditorium. Then, the students had the opportunity to visit different classrooms to have one-on-one conversations with experts, to hear more information about each expert’s work as well as to ask questions.

Four groups of bright, enthusiastic learners visited UNIC Windhoek’s room to learn more about poverty in Namibia as well as the work dsc_0036of the United Nations. Starting off the presentation, Ms. Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer asked the students what poverty means to them. The students, who had an in-depth understanding of poverty, mentioned that there are two different types of poverty including absolute poverty and relative poverty. Continue reading

UN Namibia stresses the importance of education for sustainable development at NUST Dialogue

NUST 5On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the UN System in Namibia visited the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) for the Public Dialogue: 2016 International Education Day regarding the theme of ‘ensuring international cooperation  to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

Before the dialogue started, students and lecturers read through United Nations publications at an exhibit run by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek. The UNIC Windhoek Team displayed publications from various UN Agencies that work in Namibia in an effort to enlighten the public about the United Nations, its work specifically in Namibia and its efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through diverse projects.

NUST 10Scores of curious students and lecturers visited the exhibition, and many students picked up publications that related to their fields of study in order to assist in achieving their individual education goals and to increase their knowledge. Other students inquired about the requirements necessary to intern at the various UN agencies located in Namibia, sharing their goals of working for the United Nations. Continue reading

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Communications Officer Diana Ndimbira

Diana Ndimbira, UNIC Windhoek #WCWEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Diana Ndimbira, the Communications Officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia.

In an interview with UNIC Windhoek, Diana shares her passion to bring about change, emphasizes the importance of communication in achieving gender equality and reminds young girls that their dreams are valid. Check it out!

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

Well, I am a 29 year old African woman with big dreams, not just for myself but for my continent. I am a journalist by profession and currently work in communications for the United Nations in Namibia. Anyone who knew me as child will not be surprised by my choice in career, as I was quite the chatter box, to be fair that hasn’t really changed. I love acquiring new skills, and learning about different cultures and people. I am passionate about bringing positive change to people’s lives and believe we need to constantly challenge ourselves, in order to become better versions of ourselves.

2.) What challenges have you come across, if any, because of your gender throughout your career?

I would have to say the different assumptions your male counterparts in the workplace have, the second you walk into a boardroom. For example, presuming that you are there to take the minutes, get coffee, or at the very least sit in silence and not dare voice your opinion during discussions. Irrespective of the fact that I could be as qualified, experienced and as busy as the male colleagues, someone will always try to shift the trivial/ time consuming tasks my way. My challenge has never been getting a seat at the table, it’s been fighting for the seat I would like to occupy.

3.) What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment, and why it is important?

I believe empowering women is a process that should be specific and tailor made for women from all walks of life. Working in development has taught me that as much as I might prioritize equal opportunity in the work place, another young woman on the African continent just wants to be able to choose when she gets married and to whom. My definition of empowerment is being given the option to choose. My hope is that we are moving towards a world where all women have the option to climb the corporate ladder or not, to get married and have children or not, and to have access to the best education and financing to pursue a life they have chosen for themselves.

4.) Why is communication important in the promotion of gender equality and the work of the United Nations in Namibia?

Communication is an integral part of development, partly for the sake of advocacy, but more importantly as a means to prevent further potential acts of gender inequality. The various UN agencies in Namibia have a number ranging gender programmes they carry out, in support of the Government’s efforts. My favorite is gender responsive budgeting, which ensures that fiscal resources are generated and allocated in a way that affects women and men equitably. Communication is a very important tool which should be used to both educate our women and to hold governments account. We should also never forget to tell the good stories, Namibia has great stories to tell when it comes to either gender parity in parliament, or even the fact that of the four most senior positions in Government, two are held by women. Communication can also be used as a way to celebrate achievements.

5.) What is your advice to girls following their dreams?

Just that follow your dreams! Not the words of discouragement, the harsh realities at times, or even the negative voices in your head. Chase after your dreams with every ounce of energy, with great discipline and have an unwavering spirit. A good friend of mine loves saying, “Diana our dreams are valid!” Often we have these big dreams, and later convince ourselves that they are too ambitious or just plain unrealistic. To all the young ladies who like myself are currently in the pursuit of their ‘big’ dreams, if you didn’t already know, then I would like to tell you, that your dreams are valid!

6.) What is your motto in life?

It’s borrowed, from Alan Kulwicki, “Work to become, not to acquire”.

UN Namibia launches #MondayMenu

Monday Menu- August 15 - 21, smaller versionLast week, the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) launched the #MondayMenu, a weekly calendar that lists the events and projects UN Namibia will be involved in as well as sheds light on International Observances.

The intriguing #MondayMenu graphics showcase what is happening at UN Namibia with the intention of raising awareness of the work of the United Nations. It also aims to inform the public, stakeholders and the media about events in order to promote increased attendance and participation. Continue reading

#UnitedwithUNNamibia SDG Countdown to World Humanitarian Day

SDGs 1- #UnitedwithUNNamibiaIn commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, the UN System in Namibia will work towards highlighting the importance of humanitarian work by generating publicity and awareness through the use of mass communication, namely social media, print media and broadcast media.

Most importantly, to motivate continued humanitarian work in Namibia, both from stakeholders as well as the broader public, UNIC Windhoek will implement a social media campaign for UN Namibia which highlights the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each day, one SDG will be featured with the aim of educating the public about pertinent issues facing Namibia and how sustainable development can be achieved. The campaign will also encourage the public to work towards sustainability on a personal level by being #UnitedwithUNNamibia. Continue reading

Prosperous Paths: Hage Geingob High School calls for female leadership and political representation

Prosperous Paths: Hage Geingob High SchoolFrom 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