Meet our local partners. First up is Women’s Action for Development.

From the left:  Wilka Matheus,   Veronica de Klerk, Salatiel Shinedima, Tatiana Sikwila  Photo: Ulf Lundquist

From the left: Wilka Matheus, Veronica de Klerk, Salatiel Shinedima, Tatiana Sikwila

Photo: Ulf Lundquist

We are starting a new series of posts on Wise Economy, where we present our local partners. First up is Women’s Action For Development (WAD), Wise Economy’s local partner in Namibia.

Hi Tatiana Sikwila, project manager of MPIA Namibia! Can you introduce WAD shortly?

Women’s Action for Development (WAD) is a Namibian-based non-profitmaking, non-partisan NGO and has been operational in Namibia since 1994.  It is a Self-Help Organization which follows a two-pronged program, namely the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of women and men from marginalized communities. The organization which has mainly been sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung since its establishment 24 years ago, is operational in all 14 regions of the country.

Can you tell us how you work?

We have a staff complement of 9 at the head office, which works on the coordination and monitoring of the organization’s activities. In all the regions we have community voice structures which implement the organization’s projects and also advocate on behalf of their communities to the local authorities regarding any social challenges they might be facing.

What is the overall goal with the organization?

It is to;

  • Deliver quality training towards the socio-economic development of Namibia;

  • Advocate and create awareness for gender equality;

  • Create awareness on human rights ; and help combat Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Why do you think it is important to include menstruation in the school curriculum?

It is important in creating awareness on what the girls should do during that period, in terms of hygiene and how to deal with the symptoms that come along with it. In most of our African cultures the mothers do not take time to discuss with their daughters about menstruation, therefore when they eventually start they will have no information on how to deal with it. The boys on the other hand, can be educated about what occurs during this period and how best they can support the girls in making sure that they are comfortable and not ashamed to be going through menstruation. The menstruation topic is not openly discussed hence introducing it in schools will contribute greatly to washing away the shame attached to it.

Thank you Tatiana Sikwila for the introduction and for your work in Namibia!

Stay tuned for more posts about our local partners.