Marianne Young » High Commissioner, Windhoek

Addressing gender violence and inequality in Namibia

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“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.”   – U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON Addressing gender violence and inequality in Namibia The promotion and protection of women’s rights is more than a moral obligation.  It is enshrined in international human rights law. The full participation of women in a country’s political, economic and social life is also vital … Read more »Addressing gender violence and inequality in Namibia

Caprivi connections

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Last month I was fortunate enough to travel up to the extreme north east of Namibia to visit the Zambezi Region and catch up with some innovative UK-funded conservation and tourism projects taking place there. The region gained its new name in August 2013 but is still probably better known internationally by its former name: the Caprivi Region or Caprivi Strip. It juts out as a narrow finger of land … Read more »Caprivi connections

Cycling the road to Glasgow and beyond

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The following is a guest blog by Richard Shepherd, Cycling Coach from British Cycling. From the 16th to the 26th of June I visited Namibia in my role as an expert in Cycle Coaching and Development.  My experience comes from working as a Coach and Coach Educator for British Cycling and the world governing body for cycling, the UCI.  This was the first of a series of visits to Namibia … Read more »Cycling the road to Glasgow and beyond

#Timetoact on Sexual Violence

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Today sees the start of a ground-breaking summit in London to address the continuing scourge of sexual violence in conflict. More than 1,200 delegates, including government officials, international organisations, civil society and international experts are expected to attend the event to help spearhead growing international momentum to halt the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict. For the UK, preventing sexual violence in conflict is one of our key … Read more »#Timetoact on Sexual Violence

Royal Naval backdrop helps showcase British security and prosperity excellence in Namibia

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This week’s 3-day visit of HMS Portland – one of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates – to the port of Walvis Bay provided a great opportunity to showcase British military, security and prosperity excellence in Namibia as well as the UK’s diversity accomplishments. As the UK’s first female British High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia, I was particularly proud to welcome the ship’s captain, Commander Sarah … Read more »Royal Naval backdrop helps showcase British security and prosperity excellence in Namibia

UN International Women’s Day 2014 – Guest Blog on Gender Based Violence by Yolande Engelbrecht, Legal Assistance Centre (LAC)

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08 March is the 103rd UN International Women’s Day (IWD).  Protection of women’s rights is one of six key human rights priorities for the UK. The FCO has made strong statements on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and on sexual violence in conflict. The UK is hosting a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June in London.  In doing so, we all should bear in … Read more »UN International Women’s Day 2014 – Guest Blog on Gender Based Violence by Yolande Engelbrecht, Legal Assistance Centre (LAC)

A touch of the Highlands in the desert: The Commonwealth Queen’s baton comes to Namibia

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The Queen’s Commonwealth baton has just spent a fun two days in Namibia as part of its journey through 70 of the world’s Commonwealth countries on its way to the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.   The British High Commission was delighted to play a part in the festivities in its role as representing the Game’s host nation – and used the occasion to celebrate … Read more »A touch of the Highlands in the desert: The Commonwealth Queen’s baton comes to Namibia

Happy New Year from the British High Commissioner to Namibia

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Happy New Year to everyone – both in Namibia and further afield. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the good company of family and friends over the festive season, to enjoy some fireworks and frolics wherever you were, and have come back refreshed and ready for the year to come. 2014 already looks set to be an exciting one for UK-Namibian relations. Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob met … Read more »Happy New Year from the British High Commissioner to Namibia

Taking a Stand: British support for Human Rights activities in Namibia

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16 October marks international Blog Action Day which has a “Human Rights” theme this year. The British High Commission in Windhoek has a proud history of supporting local organisations focusing on human rights issues in Namibia. Since my own arrival here in mid 2011, I have particularly enjoyed working with the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a non government public interest law organisation, whose main objective is to protect the human … Read more »Taking a Stand: British support for Human Rights activities in Namibia

Visit to Namibia’s latest World Heritage Site in the Namib Desert

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Namibia is a country blessed with magnificent scenery, wonderful warm people and a terrific climate. It is also now blessed with two World Heritage sites after the recent UNESCO naming of the Namib Sand Sea as the country’s latest addition to this eminent international grouping and marks its first natural site. Namibia’s other World Heritage site is at Twyfelfontein , which has one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings … Read more »Visit to Namibia’s latest World Heritage Site in the Namib Desert