Event Reports

Awareness Raising Workshops for Women’s in Ruacana, Omusati Region

by Stefanie Braun

One World No Hunger – Strengthening Land Ownership and Land Use Rights of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The aim of the workshop was to create awareness and educate women on the following topics:•Namibian Constitution and Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms•My rights as Women in the Communal Land Reform Act.•Family Law: Gender and Culture, Married Persons Equality Act, Law of Succession (Inheritance

A special thanks goes to Hon. Andreas Shinandamo, Ruacana Constituency Councilor who officially opened the workshop, welcomed all participants and encouraged them to listen attentively and make well use of this information to develop their skills.

The “One World No Hunger Project” was introduced to the audience by Ms. Linda Hilumbwa, KAS Project Administrator.

How much knowledge do women actually have about their rights and the communal Land Reform Act?

In order to find out about that a pre-evaluation was done before the workshop started. 72% of the participants had no or little knowledge about their rights.

In the course of 2.5 days’ workshop, the four trainers deepened the participant’s knowledge on the Namibian Constitution, Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms, Communal Land Rights of Women in Namibia, Gender, Culture, and Family Law. The participants were very active and asked many questions in relation to their rights and how they are treated in society when it comes to taking up high positions as well as accessing and controlling resources and land in their communities. Culture was well understood with the idea of getting rid of the harmful cultural practices which undermine gender equality and progress in the development of women in society. The law of succession was a vital topic as it was highly participated by all .This topic made women to open up and talk deeply. The conversation around the inheritance of children was also a center stage, thus making it interesting as to how children are treated differently by customary law.

The women shared the challenges that they face in the communities at the hands of tradition especially when it comes to communal land applications and inheritance. They were happy to learn about their rights in relation to communal land in Namibia and promised to share information to other community members when they return to their villages.

At the end of the workshop the women were more confident in all the above mentioned topics as the post evaluation showed.

The participants thanked the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as well as its implementing partner Women’s Action for Development and encouraged them to continue empowering women through education