• 4 December 2018

Official launch of the project combating teenage pregnancies and empowering adolescent girls and young mothers living in informal settlements

In the framework of the world-wide “16 Days of Activism Campaign” running between 25 November (Elimination of Violence against women day) and 10 December (Human Rights Day), CESTAS and HISA with the support of EU Delegation are pleased to invite you to an information event of the Project “Combating teenage pregnancies and empowering adolescent girls and young mothers living in informal settlements”. This initiative is co-funded by the European Union with approximately NAD 4,5 Million.

The project contributes to the protection of women and adolescent girl’s sexual and reproductive health rights, whilst specifically addressing the prevention of teenage pregnancy, child marriages and Gender based Violence. The project also empowers adolescent girls living in informal settlements of Tobias Hainyeko Constituency (Khomas Region) and Vyf Rand informal settlement Okahandja Constituency in the (Otjozondupa Region) to access personal development opportunities. In addition the project enables targeted beneficiaries by enabling access to life skills and pre-vocational skills trainings.

The Framework:

Even though Namibia’s constitution and law are in place for a conducive legal and policy environment for the protection of children and criminalization of sexual abuse and other Gender based violence, child rights violations, sexual abuse and child marriages continue unabated. Like many other countries, Namibia is still to develop adequate mechanisms and referral systems for women and child protection for hard to reach areas such as informal settlements. The project will equip and strengthen community networks, and run the “Each One Reach One Teach One” campaign for men and boys to be defenders and advocates of women and children rights.

 

Official Project Launch

Windhoek, 30th of November 2018

(Erf 3316 Omuvapu Street Okuruyangava KATUTURA)

9,30 – 10,00 Arrival of invited guests and entertainment

10,00 – 10,20 Tour of Project facilities and newsletter delivery

10,20 – 10,35 Welcome and Master Ceremony’s introduction (National Anthem and opening prayer)

10,35 – 10,45 Welcome from the Constituency – Councillor’s office Honorable Christoff Likuwa Councillor of Tobias Hainyeko constituency

Entertainment HISA Dance Group/ HISA Choir

10,45 – 11,20

  • Presentation of the Project by CESTAS’s representative Mrs. Michela Glorio,
  • Presentation of the Baseline study and Project Report by HISA Representative Patricia Sola – National Programme Director and the two Area Coordinators Mr. John Mafukidze and Mrs. Hilia Nambinga.

11,20 – 11,30 Presentation of the Project’s activity “Girls Talking” – video and text by a Youth Mentor, Ms. Natasha Garoes,

11,30 – 11,40 Presentation of the Campaign “Leave no Child behind” by Child Welfare Directorate of the Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare,

Entertainment HISA Dance Group/ HISA Choir

11,45 – 12,10 CLOSING REMARKS by the European Union Delegation – H.E. Jana Hybaskova EU Ambassador to Namibia

12,10 – 12,15 Closing and vote of Thanks

12,15 Refreshments.

 

Invitees

  • Media – NBC, The Namibian, Allgemeine, Republikein, Announcement on TH Community Radio
  • From the Community – Honourable Councillor ,Community Leaders ,Young Mothers and Girls , Youth Representatives
  • Government Departments – MGECW, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Other relevant Govt Departments , City of WindhoeK,
  • School Heads and Life Skills Teachers of neighboring Schools, Kindergarten reps,
  • Civil Society and NGOS (Namibia Children Rights Network, REPPSSI, SOS family Strengthening Programme, Namibia Organic Association, Representatives ITECH and Project Hope).