Category Archives: Sister’s Blog

Adventures in super-woman land

The mother of an aspiring techno-geek daughter, I often have to listen to my daughter’s analysis of her current favorite genre of literature, the super-hero comic. Her preferred topic of conversation about the super-hero comic is how the super woman is betrayed. Almost every time she lapses into her excited monologues on the super-hero women, I tell her to write something about it. She dutifully agrees every time, but I am still waiting.

The consequence of all this talk, however, set me thinking about what an African Super-Woman (SW) might be like. Continue reading Adventures in super-woman land

Agency


Our mission statement declares that, “Sister Namibia wants to inspire and equip women to make free choices and act as agents of change in our relationships, our communities and ourselves.”

Everyone knows what making free choices means, but when I look at the types of relationships that women enter with men, I am certain that many women do not understand what being (an) “…agent(s) of change in (a) relationship…” really means. Continue reading Agency

The right to have your own value

Having officially joined the blogging community, we today are reminiscing about why – in a country like Namibia, which claims to constitutionally uphold the equality of all its citizens – the feminist cause is so urgently needed.

While in some regions of the world, people are already talking about post- and/or second or third wave feminism, I sometimes have the distinct impression that we, in Namibia, are still living in a pre-feminist society. Let me explain: Not very long ago I went to a meeting where there were quite a number of women. While I will not divulge the nature of the meeting, I need to explain that many of the women present that day stated that they no longer “can produce for a man,” therefore they are “worthless.” Continue reading The right to have your own value

Hatchlings into the cyber world

When we first started our first journey into the big realm of social network, we were cautioned by media expert Spectra that unless we want our blog to look like a badly written CV we would need to post something on a daily basis. Now you have to understand that the Sister Namibia team is completely challenged when it comes to all tech matters. Comprised of a BBC (born before computers) and a self proclaimed tech ignoramus, the Sister Namibia team can only admire the techno geek girls who are using this technology so effortlessly to link to the world.

Therefore our fellow cyber-space feminists, we ask you to be gentle with us. We will try to avoid tendencies that may suggest that we have a bad CV. Our midwife into this wonderful world of instantaneous and cyber reality is Amanda Moln who has the benefit of a Swedish education on her side. As for ourselves we had to contend with third rate education system typical for southern African countries. We nevertheless embrace this journey and trust that we will have lot of joy and growth from it.

// Laura & Mimi

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

The 6th February was the international day of zero tolerance to female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a so-called cultural practice that occurs very widely throughout Africa. Forms of FGM occur in parts of Namibia as well. It consists of the total or partial removal of girls’ and women’s external genitalia or causing injury to women’s genital organs.  Where it occurs, Female Genital Mutilation usually is inflicted upon girls before they reach puberty. The victims of FGM usually are girls between the ages four to eight years old. The “operation,” usually is done by women, who themselves have been subjected to these practices. Continue reading The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation