By: Sister Namibia Intern Sonja Wiencke
The past weekend saw the grand celebration of Namibia’s 25th Independence Day – Celebrating 25 years of peace and stability. This is an impressive achievement on which we want to congratulate everyone involved.
But can we really be sure that every Namibian is at peace today?
Today is the 25th of March, the Orange Day. Since 2012, the 25th of every month is a day of remembrance of and action against violence against women and girls, in line with the UN Women campaign.
Continue reading Peace to Namibia
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.
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.
Established in 1989, Sister Namibia has been one, if not the, non-governmental organisation dealing with gender equality issues in Namibia. In a country with a tiny population of just over 2 million people, Namibia has a long way to go when it comes to women and children’s rights and Sister Namibia is at the forefront of that fight appealing to the public, government and other organizations to lend their support. Continue reading From one sister to another
It’s been said that the only thing worse than an injustice, is seeing an injustice and keeping quiet about it. In South Africa, for example, when people are unhappy about something (even if it’s wrongfully so) they toyi toyi, they burn tires, they break windows… In some way, you will know the nation is angry.
In Namibia? If (because the truth is, I’m not sure if my people could be bothered, about anything, at all) they have a problem with something, they turn a blind eye. Probably thinking as long as it doesn’t directly affect them, it is none of their business. I’ve always known this about the Namibian nation, and it’s always annoyed me, but not as much as it did a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading When will we take up arms?
It is happening again! We only just in February wrote about how mainstream media manage to find extenuation for crimes committed against women by focussing on the offenders’ fall from grace (as a direct result of their misdemeanours- one has to add) when they reported on the “golden boy” losing his “shine” referring to the fatal shooting of a woman by a former Olympic runner.
This time, it is the omnipresent CNN that managed to show sympathy with the offenders of a violent crime against a woman. Continue reading Not Again!
I just got flowers delivered to me and I’m giggling like a school girl, feeling like the luckiest woman in the world and wanting to shout off the rooftops what a wonderful man I have in my life and how grateful I am for the male species. Then my attention is drawn to the headline on the paper on my desk and I’m reminded that another life has been lost at the hands of this “wonderful” species. No, I do not hate men and I certainly do not think ‘all men are the same’… I know there are some really good men out there, I can testify. However, it becomes a little difficult to recognise and appreciate them in the wake of what other men are doing. Continue reading No time to smell the roses
This post was initially going to be about a woman’s “marriage-ability”, but then I realised that a big chunk of my life so far has been spent listening to old aunties telling me how I won’t get married if I don’t do that or “men don’t like this and that, they’ll bring you back.” It’s as though from birth, girls and women are taught to be good wives, how to please their husbands, how to care for them and so forth. What I often wonder however is, is there anyone teaching or telling young boys and men how to be good husbands, how to care for and treat their women right or how to be anything other than the revered “god” figures in their homes whose every needs should be attended to at the snap of a finger? Continue reading What makes a man marriage material?
Jyoti Singh Pandey and Anene Booysen
23 and 17
India and South Africa
These two young women lived in different countries, were raised in different cultures and did not know each other, but they had something in common. Both of them got assaulted, raped and murdered by a gang of men and died by their injuries in front of the eyes of their families.
It doesn’t matter in which country you were born or behind which boundaries you were raised, the hate against women is always there. The question is why. Continue reading Religion, Hate and Culture
The front page of today’s (15 February) the Sowetan blazes “golden boy loses shine.” At first glance the reader might be at a loss about what this headline really means. In the text there is a reference to domestic violence, but it is only upon close inspection of the page – in the caption under a picture of a non-descript hooded man – that one is informed that Oscar Pistorius has been arrested in connection with the murder of his girlfriend.
Continue reading What “Golden boy”?