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San women talk about marginalization, exclusion and violation issues

San women talk about marginalization, exclusion and violation issues

The Women’s Leadership Centre (WLC) and participants of the WLC Programme: Speaking for Ourselves-Voices of San Young will be hosting a roundtable discussion on 9 November at Gateway Conference Centre from 11:00 to 13:00.

At the event young San female leaders from seven communities will participate and share the challenges they experience on a daily basis. The meeting will also discuss the rights of San women as protected under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as well as the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESR).

The women also plan to conduct research in their communities for an NGO Shadow Report and also a report for other relevant UN Committees.

The Women Leadership Centre has worked with young San women in various communities across Namibia over the past six years, building their voice, visibility and transformation leadership to ‘speak for themselves’.”The San belong to the most marginalized, excluded and violated sector of the society and deserve to be heard as equal citizens in the country,” according to the Leadership Centre.

The organisers said that through the roundtable a platform for young San women is created to engage relevant stakeholders and the media directly on their issues.

“These women come from Omega 1 and Mutjiku in the Kavango East Region, from Tsintsabis in the Otjikoto Region from Drimiopsis, Witvlei, Skoonheid and Omitara in the Omaheke Region,the Leadership Centre stated.



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Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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