Diplomatic Spouses tackle gender violence

Her Excellency Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni (left), the Ambassador of France, with the representative of the President’s wife, Ms Joyce Namuhuja at the opening of the International Food and Craft Bazaar, hosted by the Association of Diplomatic Spouses.

The bazaar was held at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre earlier in June. The association is a non-profit charity established in 1990 by diplomatic spouses to help vulnerable communities. This year, some 200 people were involved in putting this bazaar together. It was an ‘All nations under one roof’ initiative, with all embassies working together – diplomats, spouses and children, 15 Embassies and Diplomatic Missions in Namibia, presented exquisite home-made cuisines from their countries, as well as unique arts, crafts and souvenirs from all corners of the world. Five Namibian crafters from the Iyaloo Sewing project, the Katutura Soap project and the Matukondjo Dolls Project also presented their crafts. The Legal Assistance Centre had a stall to provide information about gender violence, which was the bazaar charity theme for this year. The bazaar raised N$74,000.