One World – No Hunger: The second year of the project has concluded on a positive note

One World-No Hunger: Strengthening Women's Land Use and Land Ownership Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The last two workshops in 2017 took place from November 21th to November 30th as part of the special initiative “One World-No Hunger: Strengthening Women’s Land Use and Land Ownership rights in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

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Exchanging information about women's rights.

As part of the first workshop, 65 traditional autorities of the Oukwanyama experienced four exciting and informative workshop days. At the beginning of the workshop Mr.Popyeninawa Dyenimo welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of this event. He encouraged all participants to get involved as much as possible and to participate in discussions and Q & A sessions. Subsequently, Stefanie Braun, project manager of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Absai Kashululu, national training coordinator of "Women's Action for Development" (WAD), welcomed the participants and explained the structure and contents of the coming days. After a short introduction of the project "One World – No Hunger", a preliminary evaluation of the workshop took place. It became clear that many participants were previously unaware of the importance of human rights and gender equality. As part of the workshop, under the guidance of National Training Coordinator Absai Kashululu, participants focused in particular on the Traditional Authorities Act, the importance of communal land, and the consideration of vulnerable groups such as widows, orphans etc. The workshop was characterized by a lively exchange of experience and the clarification of relevant problems in the communal land allocation. On the last workshop day, workshop participants and organizers welcomed the Queen of Oukwanyama Traditional Authorities as a guest. The Queen, Martha Christian Nelumbu, encouraged all participants to communicate what they had learned in each community and to better understand the needs of their community members. At the end the workshop participants received their certificates and proudly posed for the group photo. Everyone also took the opportunity to take KAS publications home. These included the Namibian Constitution translated into Oshivambo. The workshop participants consistently rated the construction and implementation of the workshop as positive and stressed the need for further workshops in the Ohangwena region. Special thanks go to Mr.Popyeninawa Dyenimo and the traditional authority of the Oukwanyama for their organizational support and the opportunity to hold a workshop at the Oukwanyama Traditonal Authority Hall. The KAS received similar positive feedback during the last workshop for 2017 in Uukwangula, Oshana region. There 60 traditional authorities met in the premises of the Uukwambi Traditiona Authority. For four days, all participants dealt intensively with the Namibian constitution, the Communal Land Reform Act, differences between statutory and customary law and the significance of human and women's rights. KAS and WAD were supported by the Chief of the Uukwambi Traditional Authorities. Therefor special thanks go to Chief Herman Iipumbu, as well as the traditional authority for organizational support and the opportunity to use the Uukwambi Traditional Authority Hall as a venue.

The conclusion of the last two workshops marks the end of a very successful 2017 for the EWoH team. All in all, we were able to train almost 500 women and men successfully in workshops and many more could be reached via radio and the play.

Author

Stefanie Braun

Publication series

Event Reports

published

Namibia, December 14, 2017