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Mboma completes golden season

Christine Mboma addressing the media after winning the 200m at the Kip Keino Classic. Photo contributed

CHRISTINE Mboma completed an incredible season with another victory on Saturday when she won the women's 200m at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi in 22,39 seconds.


NCS go top for the first time

Louis 'Dreamy' Kausehua, the goal attack of Namibia Correctional Services, in action. Photo: Helge SchÜtz

NAMIBIA Correctional Services went to the top of the MTC Namibia Netball Premier League for the first time this season, after collecting two valuable victories over the weekend in Grootfontein.



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Willy G ushers in summer feeling

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THIS is the season of good music, with many hot new tracks being released by Namibian artists. While it is difficult to write about them all, we do our best to highlight those who stand out and offer something a little different.


Omeho Project exhibits Nam startup entrepreneurs

Startup entrepreneur Cislé Jacobs of Intrik Consulting works to safeguard intellectual property. Photo: Willem Vrey

Namibia's startup entrepreneurs may be somewhat of an unsung cohort but if you've hailed a rideshare, paid for your coffee using an app, ordered takeaways online or had medicine delivered to your door on a solar powered ebike, you have local startups to thank for the pleasure.



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      Young women trained to protect themselves against GBV

      by Sophie Tendane

      SOLDIERS ... Newly graduated No-Means-No instructors proudly display the certificates they received from Acting USAID Country Representative Mark Anthony White, US chargé d'affaires Jess Long (centre) and Project Hope Namibia director Rosalia Indongo (in orange dress).

      THE Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (Dreams) programme recently certified 23 young Namibian women as No-Means-No instructors to train adolescent girls in techniques to protect themselves against gender-based violence (GBV).

      The training strengthens self-esteem in young women and includes exercises in self-defence.

      The No-Means-No instructors will play a pivotal role in addressing violence against children and GBV by demonstrating what it looks like to be empowered and confident, and to have the skills to prevent or escape violent situations.

      The new instructors will provide No-Means-No training in the Khomas, Oshikoto and Zambezi regions, where Project Hope Namibia and partners have implemented the DREAMS programme.

      Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Windhoek last Thursday, the chargé d'affaires of the United States Embassy, Jessica Long, said the training is important given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on child and GBV.

      According to a Demographic Health Survey of 2013, one-in-three Namibian women aged between 15 and 49 had experienced physical violence.

      Data indicate that the situation has worsened during the recent Covid-19 lockdowns, resulting in more abuse and a significant increase in teenage pregnancies.

      Dreams has already enrolled more than 50 000 young women and girls in Namibia.

      The programme is funded by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

      Acting USAID country representative Mark Anthony White said their organisation is committed to its work in addressing gender inequality and GBV.

      “We all have a role to play, and we should support programmes that address this social ill,” said White.


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