Marianne Young » High Commissioner, Windhoek

Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday in Namibia

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Thank you to all of you who joined us for our fantastic Queen’s Birthday Party in Windhoek yesterday. We were delighted to welcome to our traditional British garden party Namibian Speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi and eight government ministers (ranging from Environment & Tourism, to Mines & Energy, Defence, Higher Education, Sport and Poverty Eradication), in addition to special guests from the UK, including Baroness Lynda Chalker, who was in town … Read more »Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday in Namibia

The Land of the Brave turns 25

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Namibia celebrated its Silver Jubilee this weekend – marking 25 years since it gained its independence from South Africa’s former Apartheid regime. It was a historic and joyous occasion for all Namibians. This significant birthday event also coincided with the inauguration of the country’s third democratically elected President. This provided an additional reason to celebrate. I was present at the moving ceremony that marked outgoing (now former) President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s … Read more »The Land of the Brave turns 25

Making it happen for International Women’s Day in Namibia

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The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Make It Happen”. Yesterday, I had the privilege to celebrate it in the presence of a group of impressive Namibian women who have all made it happen in their respective fields of diplomacy, financial services, media, human rights advocacy and government. Joining me for a special lunchtime discussion on issues affecting women in Namibia today were Permanent Secretary for the Ministry … Read more »Making it happen for International Women’s Day in Namibia

Looking back and looking forward in Namibia

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People are starting to slowly trickle back into Windhoek from their holidays all around the country and abroad – making this the perfect time to take stock and review the year that was – as well as to look ahead to the year to come. I am proud to say that 2014 was a busy and productive year for the British High Commission and UK-Namibian relations. The year started off … Read more »Looking back and looking forward in Namibia

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)