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CHAIRPERSON'S NOTE: THE NEED FOR COLLABORATION BETWEEN FEMALE ACADEMICS AND FEMINIST CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS.

The problems affecting women in particular and the women's movement in Namibia in general, continue to escalate. We are barely three months into the year, and Namibia has reported over 9 cases of Gender based violence, there are 4 cases of baby dumping. We continue to read about unexplained escalating death in maternity wards, incidences of rape are on the increase, and the rape victims are getting younger by the day. We continue to read about innocent children who are brutally killed and their murderers are not apprehended. The majority of people living with HIV and AIDs are young women between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

The government is battling to addresses all the above issues. The most prominent voices in addressing women's issues are the feminist civil society organizations. These organizations, despite their well-placed intention to play a key role in addressing the plight of women, continue to be underfunded and understaffed.

I would like to propose that the Institutions of Higher Learning in Namibia, being UNAM, NUST and IUM, are well placed to extend their services to feminist civil society organizations. It is within the mandate of these universities to require of their staff members to conduct community service. Female academics can thus collaborate with feminist civil society organizations by:

* Rendering consulting and research services on matters affecting women and the nation at large. Civil Societies Organizations are in dire need of research data that would allow them to make informed decision with regards to their programmes. Such collaborative efforts, provides female academics with the opportunity to produce data that they can use for their publication. On the other hand they also provide data that feminist civil society organizations can use to inform their planning and programmes.

* Serving as board of directors on feminist civil society organizations. Feminist civil society organizations are in dire need of expertise in their fields that can guide the strategic directions of the organizations.

There is a need for feminist civil society organizations and female academics to reach out to and identify avenues to collaborate. I have come across many female academics who are passionate about contributing to the cause of women's empowerment. They need to reach out to those who are already in the field.

MS. IMMACVLATE MOGOTSI

SISTER NAMIBIA BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRPERSON

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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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