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Africans should stop the blame game

In line with the SADC Council of NGOs, Sister Namibia condemns the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Every time a xenophobic attack breaks out in South Africa, the reason behind it is that foreigners take up their jobs. This is a rather weak excuse as these foreigners create their own job opportunities and are not employed by the SA government. This people saw business opportunities and invested in them. That is not taking away bread from South Africans. People are slaughtered, burned and stoned to death in a brutal and barbaric way by the same Africans who were assisted by other African countries during the long and hard liberation struggle against the colonial government. There is no justification for ending someone’s life just because they saw a business opportunity and grabbed it before anyone else did. The brutal killings of Africans by their fellow Africans is shocking to say the least as it was the same Africans who assisted each other in gaining independence from the colonial. There are a high number of South Africans residing and working in other African countries as well, but this brutality is not seen in other African countries so far. Nevertheless, the South African xenophobic attacks are slowly spilling over to other neighbouring countries.

Africans should unite and say no to Xenophobia. We want a United States of Africa, how can this become a reality if fellow Africans murder other Africans because of jobs?

SADC Council of NGOs Condemns Xenophobia

 

Women´s day

The 6 of March sister´s director Vida de Voss attend the official celebration of women´s day in Khomas, Windhoek. Together with representatives from the government, like the minister of gender, she held a speech that empowerd women and put a light on the future for women in Namibia.

Womens day

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence – Create and Pledge

16 Days of Activism is an international campaign to raise awareness on the issue of gender-based violence (GBV). It starts on November 25th, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10th, the International Human Rights Day.

The theme for 2014 is “Peace in the home, peace in Namibia: Let’s challenge militarism and violence against women.”

This year Sister Namibia, in collaboration with talented actors, will perform various skits in Windhoek police stations and prisons to educate and raise awareness on GBV. These skits will take place on Thursday 11 December and Friday 12 December.

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Sister Namibia would like to encourage members of the public to think of something that they pledge to do during the 16 days. Participants are also encouraged to share their pledges on social media, using the hashtag #16days. They can either write their pledge on a piece of paper and take a photo of themselves, or just post their pledge as a status update on Facebook or Twitter.

With the public declaration of your pledge we encourage people to make a donation to Women’s Solidarity or another NGO/shelter of their choice. Donations can be made at Sister Namibia’s office and after the campaign is over the money will be transferred to the right organisations.

In 2013 Sister Namibia partnered up with the Theatre School of Namibia and created short skits to show how people are affected by GBV and domestic abuse. Together we went on a road show and did 16 performances in police stations, community centres and public squares around the country. We plan to host another exciting event soon, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information in the next few days.

We are looking forward to this year’s campaign and we hope that NGOs, institutions and individuals all over the world will come together to recognise, discuss and work against the issue of gender-based violence – even after these 16 days are over.

 

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

Have a look at the 2014 theme for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.

Pads to empower girls

Photo by Star for Life. Used under Creative Commons license.

No Pads – No School

Every month thousands of Namibian girls miss an average of three school days because they have no sanitary pads to use during menstruation. Girls are missing more school than boys due to lack of availability of pads in villages, too expensive pads/tampons, or because girls are not able to ask their parents for money to buy pads or tampons as the subject of menstruation is taboo.

This is a very big issue which leads to increasing inequality, girls not performing as good as they could and falling behind in schoolwork. Some girls even drop out of school altogether. Girls also find ways to get money to pay for sanitary towels, some even exchange sexual favors. Continue reading Pads to empower girls

Celebrating 25 years of Sisterhood!

Founded in 1989, Sister Namibia has been at the forefront of striving for gender equality in Namibia through education and advocacy. The last 25 years has seen a significant growth in Sister Namibia with the circulation of our quarterly magazine, hosting feminist forums and workshops, as well as partnering with other organisations to raise awareness on the plight of those affected by gender based violence.

In this, our 25th year, Sister Namibia has put a strong focus on the youth. It is the youth that requires the most protection and support in our society. Therefore, we celebrated our 25th birthday on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 at the Warehouse Theatre. Continue reading Celebrating 25 years of Sisterhood!

Sister Namibia tackles conflict

The month of May has been a busy one for Sister Namibia. Apart from preparing for our 25 birthday celebrations in June we have made great strides in advocating with the Namibian youth.

On Saturday the 24th we had the great pleasure of visiting PAY (Physically Active Youth) to host a conflict management workshop in Katutura. Continue reading Sister Namibia tackles conflict

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE: SISTER NAMIBIA ROAD SHOW

The overall aim of the road show was to ensure that the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) Campaign reached as many towns and people as possible. The total quota for the road show was to ensure that 16 performances took place across Namibia. In total we made visits to Okahandja, Omaruru, Karibib, Usakos, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, averaging on two to three shows a day. Continue reading 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE: SISTER NAMIBIA ROAD SHOW

Orange is the new black

Since the 1970s those who stood against a gender based violence free have worn black every Thursday as a silent protest. And for those who think that black is not their colour orange has now been thrown into the mix.

Launched in 2008, the United Nation’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and mobilise world leaders to pull their resources together in order to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

Continue reading Orange is the new black