Face of Namibia expo launched

The Face of Namibia was created for small and large businesses to sell their goods, but also to educate and help the community with the social evils they are faced with.

18 February 2019 | Events

Mary Ankonga, Face of Namibia founder: It’s not about the money; it’s about assisting the community.

Leandrea Louw- The fourth annual Face of Namibia expo is set to take place from 27 to 30 March in front of the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay.

Mary Ankonga founded the Face of Namibia beauty pageant and re-branded it as an expo in 2016 with the aim on empowering women and upcoming entrepreneurs and as a means to fight against poverty.

About 200 exhibitors have already registered to participate in the expo.

“This year we are donating ten stalls to exhibitors to display their products free of charge. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are more than welcome to join the expo. I am here to help and not make a profit.”

The Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (Nappa) will once again join the expo, along with social workers that will provide professional counselling. Emphasis will again be placed on providing counselling to men and women who are victims of gender-based violence.

“We need to understand gender-based violence and not only talk about it only when women are hurt. Let’s engage so that we can better fight it and not just turn it into data, numbers, memorials, court cases or another funeral.”

“The PrEp pill, used to prevent HIV infection, will be available at the expo along with free HIV testing. There will also be a nurse at the expo to educate on prenatal care and do check-ups for pregnant ladies. Through the expo we also want to teach women to access formal education. The government has adult literacy programmes in place at no charge. Through these programmes our women can empower themselves and later on further their education at Namcol, IUM, Unam and even Nust.”

Ankongo called on the coastal community to support the local exhibitors at the expo.

“It’s not about the money; it’s about the community and for a good cause.”

Speaking at the launch Jordan Kamati, a Grade 12 learner at Kuisebmond Secondary School, said men who abuse women do so only to exert power.

“A year ago, I sat down with my little sister and I told her to never let a man make her feel any less of a human being. You are a rock and as a young woman you have courage. Believe in yourself and stand up for yourself. If women can stand up for themselves,as well as the men suffering in silence, we can kick gender-based violence to the curb. Empower yourself, educate yourself, and make use of platforms such as these expos.”

Hilly Shamulele, a volunteer at Face of Namibia, said when it comes to gender-based violence society tends to only focus on the victims and not the perpetrators.

“There was recently a group established called the Namibian Men for Gender Justice in partnership with the Women’s for Action Development and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung to join efforts by key stakeholders in the fight against gender-based violence . We tend to only focus on the girl-child and never the boy-child. Men are always considered the perpetrators of gender based violence, but no one asks what causes this behavior. Men are also victims of gender-based violence and through this group we are encouraging them to speak up."

“We need both public and private enterprises involved in this organisation to fight against gender-based violence. We need the churches, the pastors even the shebeen owners to be involved. Especially now, in the tough economic climate, our men are losing their jobs due to retrenchments and cut-backs and this frustrates them that they are not able to support their families. Let us join hands, and fight gender-based violence on all fronts.”

Similar News

 

Hupstoot vir kankervereniging

6 days ago - 08 October 2019 | Events

Walvisbaai · Otis Finck Die Bank Windhoek-tak op Walvisbaai het weer eens ’n suksesvolle stap-, hardloop-, fietsry- en pretdaggeleentheid aangebied ter ondersteuning van die...

Nog ’n fees op Omaruru

2 weeks ago - 24 September 2019 | Events

Omaruru · Otis Finck Die jaarlikse Omarurufees vind vanaf 1 tot 5 Oktober by Luna-park plaas en die amptelike opening is op 3 Oktober...

Kom deel in die pret

2 weeks ago - 24 September 2019 | Events

Die Omaruru Christelike Afrikaanse Privaatskool hou Saterdag vanaf 11:00 tot laat ’n pretdag. Dit vind agter die Barth-saal plaas. Daar gaan ’n groot televisieskerm wees...

'n Eerste vir JJ's

2 weeks ago - 24 September 2019 | Events

JJ’s Privaatskool op Walvisbaai het Vrydagaand sy eerste matriekafskeid gehou. Kim Koch, die stigter van die skool, het gesê dié groep graad 12’s maak geskiedenis....

Klein mejuffrou Walvisbaai

3 weeks ago - 17 September 2019 | Events

Tien deelnemers ding mee in die eerste Little Miss Walvis Bay-skoonheidskompetisie. Hierdie kompetisie is die geesteskind van Estrolita Petersen, Mev. Namibia Globe en Mev. Universal....

Focus on regional logistics hub development

3 weeks ago - 17 September 2019 | Events

Another exciting edition of the Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop and Training Day (ALTWTD) is scheduled for 25 to 27 September at the Nust Hotel...

Matrikulante sluit skoolloopbane met styl af

1 month - 11 September 2019 | Events

Walvisbaai - Leandrea Louw Verskeie matriekafskeide is die afgelope naweek met swier aan die kus gehou.Die Sêkondere Skool Swakopmund het Vrydagaand sy funksie by die...

Henties maak toe weer só

1 month - 27 August 2019 | Events

Hentiesbaai - Irene-Mari van der Walt Die Hentiesfees het weer eens gewys dat dit nog lank sal voortbestaan. Dit ondanks die feit dat...

DIE FEES IN FOTO'S

1 month - 27 August 2019 | Events

KUIERGASTE: Die Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaar Jezelle vermaak feesgangers met haar liedjie “Suidwes”. Foto Otis Finck PLAASLIKE TALENT: Vaughn Ahrens laat die rook draai tydens sy...

Chantal dra die kroon

1 month - 27 August 2019 | Events

Chantal Vermeulen is Saterdag as Mej Hentiesfees Touchies gekroon. Haar eerste prinses is Jaydine Woest terwyl Amoré van Schalkwyk die tweede prinses was. Foto Otis...

Latest News

Tennis-aksie op Swakopmund

2 days ago - 11 October 2019 | Sports

Die 9de Junior Namibië Tennisvereniging (NTA) toernooi het die afgelope naweek weer tennisgeesdriftiges na Swakopmund gelok.Met ’n indrukwekkende 42 inskrywings, moes organiseerders bontstaan om genoeg...

Namibia’s thrust towards independence

3 days ago - 10 October 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure The Swakopmund Scientific Society recently held a lecture by well-known author, social scientist and veteran community activist, Bob Kanḓetu, titled:...

Enhancing trade between Walvis Bay...

4 days ago - 10 October 2019 | Local News

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw A delegation led by Kandjo Jean Francois, mayor and parliamentarian from Pointe-Noire,...

Painting the music scene red

4 days ago - 09 October 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Walvis Bay • Leandrea LouwLocal singer and songwriter Monique English will be releasing her second studio album on 30 November. Titled Red, the 12-track album...

Plié, jeté, ballet!

4 days ago - 09 October 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • Iréne-Mari van der Walt The Swakopmund Arts Association hosts a ballet concert entitled Peter and The Wolf in a combined effort with...

SWAiTEX kicks off

4 days ago - 09 October 2019 | Business

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) 2019 Swakopmund International Trade Expo (SWAiTEX) was launched at The Dome in...

NamGreenWood help herwin

6 days ago - 08 October 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • Adolf KaureDie Swakopmund-munisipaliteit het tydens sy maandelikse agendavergadering NamGreenWood Ent CC toestemming gegee om herwinbare materiaal van die Swakopmund-stortingsterrein te verwyder. NamGreenWood het...

Perdfris en gesond

6 days ago - 08 October 2019 | Health

Swakopmund • Iréne-Mari van der WaltDie mediese fonds Namibia Health Plan (NHP) het onlangs sy Welstand Ope Dag gehou. Lede van die publiek kon hul...

N$120 m. se kragaanleg ingewy

6 days ago - 08 October 2019 | Energy

Arandis • Adolf KaureVisepresident Nangolo Mbumba het verlede week Sertum Energy Namibia se N$120 miljoen-sonkragaanleg by Orano se Trekkopje-myn ingewy. Die 5 megawatt- fotovoltaïese aanleg...

Load More