Describe your program or new idea in one sentence.
Namibian Voices fr Development is a welfare organization dedicated to promote the protection of human rights through civic education, using the Media as our main tool to disseminate information.
What makes your initiative uniquely positioned to create change in your community?
The title of the Project is known as: "You and Me" "You and Me" is the founding project of Namibian Voices for Development. The innovation can be summarized as awareness Raising on Gender Based violence it roots and consequences, through different radio language services and television programs and talks shows. Handing over of petitions to Government on combating of gender based violence. Marches to demonstrate our concerns about the high rates of gender based violence, calling on Government to implement stricter sentences. Using the electronic and print media, to raise awareness, disseminate information and educate people on their human rights.
I choose to work with the media as an attempt to forge practical links between those affected by gender violence, activists and the media, as part of the broader campaign to “make every voice count.” Working with the media is a unique opportunity to raise public awareness on the most glaring reflections of gender inequalities in Namibia and the region: gender violence and HIV/AIDS and to enlist the support of the media is challenging these two scourges. Media houses in Namibia were engaged to persuade them to devote time, spac and resources to raise public awareness and educate the public at large on issues of Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS. All the media work was conducted without any finances, it was accomplished through personal passion and commitment on a voluntarily basis.
Describe how you organize and carry out your work?
Working with the print and electronic media, using the media is a unique opportunity to raise public awareness on the most glaring reflections of gender inequalities in Namibia. Media houses in Namibia were engaged to persuade them to devote time, space and resources to raise public awareness and educate the public at large on issues of Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS. Through using four different indigenous radio language services and the national television services we reached our target population. Callers and viewers have the opportunity to either call into the radio services by life telephone calls, sending faxes, sending emails or calling at my cell phone and ask for clarification, advice and seeking life counseling or linking them with necessary resources. Listeners, viewers and clients call in on the Life Chat show radio or talk of the nation program whereby they measure the impact of the radio and television programs or they send faxes or emails or mobile text messages. The impact of the programs was also evaluated, by nominating and selecting by the general public whereby the winner who really combats gender based through the media was awarded with a trophy of whom I got it.
What is your plan to scale and expand your innovation into your community and beyond?
Namibian Voices for Development aims to engage in the presentation of educational radio and television programs, information dissemination through workshops, writing up of “I-Stories” on gender based violence, HIV/AIDS and children’s rights as well as Activism campaigns on the former United Nations Secretary General’s Report on Violence against Women. Focusing on the launching of and awareness raising on the In-Depth Study on all forms of Violence against women as spelled out in the Report of the United Nations Secretary-General on all social, health and educational human rights violations.
We would like to disseminate information, raise awareness, conduct public education and advocacy on the full implementation of the human rights of women as guaranteed in CEDAW, its Optional Protocol, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Beijing Platform for Action, the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, SADC-Declaration on Gender and Development, the Namibian Constitution and all Namibian Legislation. It will include expanding public understanding about women's human right issues, such as Domestic Violence, Rape, HIV/AIDS, Poverty, Unemployment, Domestic violence, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Property Grabbing, Health and Reproductive Rights, lack of Education, Children's Rights, its causes and consequences.
What other resources, institutional, or policy needs would be necessary to help sustain and scale up your idea?
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