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Quest for Empowerment: Changing traditional structures against women through Prosperous Paths

Tanben College: Prosperous PathsThe ‘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

Prosperous Path: Cosmos High School addressed gender inequality and HIV/AIDS among young girls

Cosmos High School: Prosperous PathsEducation 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

Prosperous Paths: Jan Mohr learners share ways to achieve Goal #5 of the SDGs

Jan Mohr - Prosperous PathsAlcohol 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

Combretum Trust students learn about gender equality through Prosperous Paths Outreach

DSC_0094The 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

UN System in Namibia launches monthly newsletter

Newsletter - June 2016 page 1The Newsletter is designed and produced by UNIC Windhoek.

Today, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia launched a digital newsletter which aims at educating and informing the Namibian public about the work of the United Nations in Namibia.

The UN in Namibia is excited about the newsletter, as it is an opportunity to connect with the Namibian public as well as to provide up-to- date knowledge of the work of the UN and its partners.

The newsletter, which will summarize key events and outreaches, will be released digitally at the beginning of each month as well as posted on the UN Namibia website: http://www.un.org.na. It will also include educational material such as the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the Month, a dynamic ‘Did You Know?’ column and articles with information related to issues facing the country.

For more information, please feel free to contact the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek at 061-2046144 or library@unic.windhoek.org for more information or a copy of the newsletter.

Here is a link to the June 2016 Newsletter on the UN Namibia Website:

UN System in Namibia launches “Prosperous Paths” outreach programme to empower & inspire 5000 girls

Prosperous Paths

Students from Jacob Marengo Tutorial College have been inspired to take their own #ProsperousPath.

On Wednesday, 29 June 2016, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia launched “Prosperous Paths,” at Jacob Marengo Tutorial College in Windhoek Namibia. The programme aims at educating 5,000 secondary level female students on gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as to offer mentorship to the students through an accompanying social media campaign.

600 young girls from Jacob Marengo Tutorial College were addressed by the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Ms. Kiki Gbeho at the launch. She shared her journey as a women through her career and called upon the female Namibian youth to make their voices heard and have faith in themselves to bring about change because no one is too small to step up and make a difference. The UNRC to Namibia further encouraged the girls to, “take space, be prepared and dare to be different.” Continue reading