Event Reports

Training of the Trainers in Eenhana, Ohangwena Region

by Stefanie Braun

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

As part of the special initiative “One World No Hunger – Strengthening Women’s Land Ownership and Land Use Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa” another training of the trainers took place in Eenhana, Ohangwena Region, from 12 to 15 March 2018.

Aim of the training was to refresh the knowledge of the four trainers and to brief them on how to include the new workshop material into the workshops.

The training was officially opened by Cllr. Amos Nangolo, Mayor for Eenhana Town Council, who welcomed the trainers and the attending traditional authorities, media representatives and guests. Absai Kashululu, national training coordinator from Women’s Action for Development, introduced the audience to the topic and the “One World No Hunger” project with a presentation on the state of land tenure and land ownership rights for women.

The introduction was followed by a partnership statement by Linda Hilumbwa, project officer of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a motivational statement by the executive director of Women’s Action for Development, Salatiel Shinedima, and a keynote address by Hon. Erikson Ndawanifa, Chairperson of the Ohangwena Regional Council.

After some inputs by traditional leaders and invited guests and a group picture, the training began with a repetition of the roles and qualities of a trainer and an introduction to the new workshop material and effective ways of presenting.

The new material consists of a PowerPoint presentation which is mainly based on pictures instead of text to better meet the needs of our target groups. In order to make the workshops more lively, short films about central workshop topics such as customary practices, gender equality and how to write a will are going to be included in the workshops.

In the course of the four-day training, the trainers deepened their knowledge on communal land, the law of succession, the roles of traditional authorities and their duties regarding the allocation and re-allocation of land in case of death. They also discussed topics such as culture, gender equality, vulnerability, the Namibian Constitution, human rights and customary law and practices.

The last workshop day concluded with a 20-minute presentation by each trainer as well as Linda Hilumbwa on the topics gender, vulnerable groups in the Namibian society, human rights, culture and inheritance law.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation would like to thank the trainers, the traditional authorities and guests who were present at the official opening. The first of 16 workshops for women and traditional authorities in 2018 are scheduled to take place in the beginning of April.