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Namibia's phenomenal young women.



Namibia's young women are phenomenal. Inspired by Maya Angelou's poem, Phenomenal Woman, this theme echoed throughout both the 2006 Southern Girls Conference and the Tses Girls Conference. Both conferences were organised by Peace Corps Volunteers and their Namibian counterparts, and both conferences celebrated and educated young women.

In mid-June, fifty girls from Hardap and Karas Regions gathered at the Roman Catholic Church Roman Catholic Church, Christian church headed by the pope, the bishop of Rome (see papacy and Peter, Saint). Its commonest title in official use is Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.  in Aimablaagte, Mariental, for the Southern Girls Conference 2006. This two-day conference focused on leadership, empowerment, the creation of girls clubs, and capacity building for clubs already in existence in Rehoboth, Aranos, Mariental, Gibeon, Keetmanshoop, Karasburg, and Bethanie.

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The girls, from grades eight to ten, learned how to become phenomenal women through a variety of activities including panel discussions, role playing role playing,
n in behavioral medicine, learning exercise in which individuals assume characters different from their own. The individual may also be asked to simulate a particularly difficult situation and apply the characteristics that are common to his
, arts and crafts arts and crafts, term for that general field of applied design in which hand fabrication is dominant. The term was coined in England in the late 19th cent. as a label for the then-current movement directed toward the revivifying of the decorative arts. , writing journals, and informational sessions. The Tses Girls Conference, a one-day event one-day event

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 held in July, was designed to help fourteen young women obtain the skills and camaraderie they need to create a girls club of their own.

Both conferences gave the girls the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics. At the Southern Girls Conference, the HIV/Aids session addressed how the illness affects the girls' communities. Then, in the gender and risk reduction session, the girls explored the gender dynamics in their homes, schools and communities. They discussed how these might impact their potential risk for HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States.  infection and explored possible solutions. Other sessions included self-esteem building, goal setting, and a discussion on appropriate relationships, which candidly raised everything from friendships with boys to abusive relationships.

The highlight of the conference, however, was the panel of guest speakers chosen from Mariental's phenomenal women. They discussed their lives, their successes and the obstacles they have faced. They gave the girls advice on where to seek support and how to move forward. The girls were truly inspired by these role models and took the opportunity to ask many questions.

Throughout the weekend the girls continued to learn and grow. There were cultural presentations, workshops on health and women's bodies, and options such as sports, dance, and games.

The girls participated whole-heartedly in all these activities, celebrating themselves and each other and experiencing the bonds of sisterhood sisterhood: see monasticism.  in the groups they had formed. They had time to reflect in their journals throughout the weekend. They also were able to reflect in their groups, reviewing their goals and brainstorming possibilities for the future.

By the end of the weekend, the groups had revealed plans for new girls clubs, community outreach, working with orphans and vulnerable children, and community clean-up projects. The weekend ended with a dance party on Saturday evening and closing ceremonies on Sunday morning Sunday Morning may refer to:
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The Tses Girls Conference also addressed HIV/AIDS, women's health Women's Health Definition

Women's health is the effect of gender on disease and health that encompasses a broad range of biological and psychosocial issues.
, and goal setting. Their sessions focused on trust, working together for a common purpose, problem solving problem solving

Process involved in finding a solution to a problem. Many animals routinely solve problems of locomotion, food finding, and shelter through trial and error.
, and how to plan activities for their newly created girls club. The highlight of the conference was completing the Crocodile crocodile, large, carnivorous reptile of the order Crocodilia, found in tropical and subtropical regions. Crocodiles live in swamps or on river banks and catch their prey in the water. They have flattened bodies and tails, short legs, and powerful jaws.  Crossing, and activity which demonstrated to the girls the importance of teamwork, problem-solving skills and communication.

Thanks to Peace Corps for providing us with this inspiring information!
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Title Annotation:2006 Southern Girls Conference and the Tses Girls Conference
Publication:Sister Namibia
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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