Workshops

Sister Namibia regularly hosts workshops with schools and university learners, youth groups and other organisations. Our workshops are interactive and educative revolving around up-to-date topics on gender issues and women’s situation in Namibia.

For the moment we do workshops on Conflict Handling and Sexual and Reproductive Rights (see below).

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Women’s safety

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Article from Die Republikein

 

This workshop took place on Saturday, 13 August 2017, in Otjomuise at Orange Babies with 60 participants.

Most Significant Change Model

Boosting your Monitoring and Evaluation

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Anne Angarola from the Washington-based organisation IREX joined Sister Namibia’s team for a week to introduce an innovative method of monitoring and evaluation: the Most Significant Change Model. Several Namibian civil society organisations were invited to a workshop to present this method. KAYAK, Physically Active Youth, Gender Links and Namibian Housing Action Group attended and shared some ideas about how to implement aspects of the method for their specific situation.

If you want to check out this method, here are some resources from the workshop:

Most Significant Change Guide

MSC Overview – SN Office 5-7-2015


 


Conflict Handling

Sister Namibia hosts interactive workshops on conflict resolution with approximately thirty students (male and female) from either youth, secondary and tertiary groups.

The overall aim of the conflict handling workshop is to instil and inform students on a specific set of skills that will allow them to learn how to better deal with conflict– from personal to professional relations.

At the end of the workshop, usually lasting 3-4 hours, we hope to leave our participants feeling empathetic to the plight of others and empowered with new constructive methods of communication.

Workshop contents

The main talking points are:

  1. The fact of conflict
  2. Understanding yourself
  3. Understanding others
  4. Conflict handling styles
  5. Better communication

Questions we discuss:

  • What is conflict?
  • Are differences legitimate?
  • Is conflict an inevitable part of life?
  • Is your personal take on conflict that it is positive or negative?
  • What are the consequences of not resolving conflict?
  • What can be the benefits of resolving conflict?

During the workshop we stress that our perspective on conflict is important. When conflict is viewed as a threat and met with defensiveness we get stuck in a power struggle that takes our relationship on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Conflict isn’t a threat to your relationship. Sometimes we view conflict as a threat and respond to it as if it’s a sign that our relationship is in need of fixing or that one of us is at fault. In reality, conflict isn’t the problem—it’s how we meet conflict that becomes the problem.

In order to deal with conflict we need to understand three important factors which we discuss:

  • Understand yourself
  • Understand others
  • Learn to communicate better

We urge the participants to figure out their state of mind. We ask them questions like: Are you usually happy, sad or just going with the flow, feel the world is against you, the world owes you something? What is your usual state of mind? What drives you? What discourages you? How do you respond to stress?

Furthermore, we talk about our perception of others and discuss the impact of misunderstanding. The way we present ourselves may not be perceived as we intended. We too may misinterpret other people. Golden rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

This aspect of knowing others comes down to imagining ourselves in the shoes of others and trying to understand them. And this will come with improving our communication with others.

The workshop also includes two listening activities, the first one which teaches the effects of not listening, and the second demonstrating existing knowledge of non-verbal active listening.

The participants are urged to reflect on how they handle conflict, and what kind of communication style they use; Passive, Aggressive, Passive-Aggressive, or Assertive. We discuss the results of the different kinds of styles in the every-day-lives of the participants.

At the end of the workshop we conclude the discussions with pointing out that change is possible, and that dialogue is the healthiest form of communication.

 


Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In Namibia we still have a big problem with young teenagers becoming pregnant. This is often a problem for these young women economically and socially, and many drop out of school. Moreover, according to UNAIDS, among adults aged 15 to 49 the prevalence of HIV is about 13,3 %. Thus this is still a huge problem. Due to misconceptions and myths about sexuality, reproduction and contraceptions these problems continue on. Also, many do not know their own rights and responsibilities which also contributes to the continuation.

The overall aim with our workshops on Sexual and Reproductive Rights is twofold. First it aims at discovering and discussing myths and misconceptions young people have about sexuality and their rights in terms of sexuality and reproduction. Secondly, by informing them about their sexual rights, reproductive rights and human rights, our aim is to leave the participants empowered so that they are able to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexual diseases and enlightened so that they know their rights and what the law says.

Workshop contents

The workshop starts by letting the participants answer an anonymous questionnaire. The questions include topics such as the reproductive organs, contraceptives, how pregnancy is caused and so on.

When this is done, we discuss facts and myths followed by thoroughly going through Human, Sexual and Reproductive rights.

Human Rights

Human rights set a minimum standard for how individuals and institutions should treat people. They empower people to take action to demand and defend their rights and the rights of others. Human rights belong to every individual – to women, men, elders, and children – regardless of their racial, religious, social, economic, or physical situations.

The principals of human rights are:

  • Universality: they are applicable all over the world, for all people, and no on can take them away.
  • Nondiscrimination: they are equal for women, men and children.
  • Indivisibility: the Rights cannot be divided or separated and all rights have the same status.
  • Interdependence: Human rights concerns appear in all life situations: whether at home, school, markets or work which means that all human rights violations are interconnected. The fulfillment of one right often depends, wholly or in part, upon fulfillment of others. For instance, fulfillment of the right to health may depend, in certain circumstances, on fulfillment of the right to development, to education or to information.
  • Responsibility: the government, individuals and every part of society share the responsibility for the promotion and protection of the rights.

Sexual and reproductive rights

Sexual rights include rights such as

  • Everyone has te right to enjoy sex
  • Everyone has the right to say “No” to sex
  • Everyone has the right to choose their partner freely, be it a man or a woman
  • Everyone has the right to information on sexuality and health
  • Everyone has the right to be free from violence, harassment, inhumane or degrading treatment
  • Everyone has the right to refuse harmful traditional practices

Reproductive rights include rights such as

  • Everyone has the right to decide whether and when to have children
  • Everyone has the right of access to and information on family planning
  • Everyone has the right to safe abortion under certain circumstances
  • Everyone has the right to quality ante- and postnatal care
  • Everyone has the right to access and use contraceptives

After going through their rights, we also discuss different forms of contraception, how they work and what their respective strengths and weaknesses are.

The workshop ends with the participants filling out the same questionnaire again. This helps us to assess how the workshop affects the young participants in their thinking about sexuality and sexual and reproductive rights.


Become a Workshop Trainer

Would you like to facilitate a workshop on Conflict Management? Become a workshop trainer!

Since Sister Namibia has limited funds and personnel we are not always able to reach as many communities and schools as we would like. Furthermore, our capacity to host workshops in some languages is limited. Through expanding our network and educating more workshop facilitators we are able to reach more communities in more languages.

By becoming a workshop trainer you become a better leader and you walk away with a valuable experience to boost your CV!

Contact director@sisternamibia.org for further information.

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