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The Future is Female

The Future is Female

The Future is Women

Zorena Jantze

“NOW you understand just why my head’s not bowed.  I don’t shout or jump about or have to talk real loud.  When you see me passing, it ought to make you proud.  I say, it’s in the click of my heels, the bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, the need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally.  Phenomenal woman, That’s me… ‘

In the famous closing lines of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal women poem, women the world over will be reminded of their social evolution, transcending from the kitchen to CEO desks.

Informanté caught up with a few diverse and eminent women in the country for the Women’s Day celebrations to get their views on what it means to be a Namibian woman in this day and age.

Ilke Platt

Ilke Platt

She’s vibrant, and her smile has the zest. Ilke, commonly known as Cutie,has dominated the country’s media industry from hosting Radio/TV shows to now running her own public relations company, Poiyah Media. Platt-Akwenye last year advocated against violence towards women, stating that it is not just an expression of dominance over women, but also men’s vulnerability from social expectations of manhood.

  1. What makes you a woman or what is that one thing that makes you proud to be female?

Being able to be a natural caregiver. No matter the circumstance or environment, women have the ability to transform into anything with ease.

  1. If you had to change something in society for the betterment of Namibian women, what would it be and why?

We still face a lot of discrimination in terms of our voices being heard and our points being taken seriously. We have a tendency of acknowledging points from men however when it’s said by a woman, the exact same sentiments will be filtered.

  1. Do you experience any oppressions or stigma’s as a Namibian woman in this day and age?

I think that our modern century of women empowerment is changing and the stigma is fading slowly but surely. It is unfortunately not the case all over the country, especially in the rural areas where many women are still seen and not heard. But gradually with women that have influence, power and respect in society, they are able to change the mindset of many young women who are entering the world to make a change.

  1. What are your thoughts on the treatment of women within the cooperate world, or even in the street, do you feel Namibian women have autonomy over their bodies?

In the corporate world, boardrooms are still dominated by males. It is the sad truth and at times CEO s are only used as window dressing or perhaps as the face of the company. It’s about time that persons are not placed in positions to have a scoring of women empowerment or the BEE check list but to really empower and give women (especially black women) the mandate that they deserve.

Mercedez von Cloete

Mercedez von Cloete

It’s not a secret that there are queer people in Namibia. Dressed in layered, flowing dresses, with a confident and gracious strut and larger-than-life personality, Mercedez has been one of Namibia’s Trans-women, whose kicked the closet doors open fearlessly.

  1. What makes you a woman or what is that one thing that makes you proud to be female?

Identity, Perseverance, Understanding and Nurture.

  1. If you had to change something in society for the betterment of Namibian women, what would it be and why?

I would give women more courage, courage to know that you don’t have to stay in an abusive relationship, courage to know you still have a future after being a teenage pregnancy statistic.

  1. Do you experience any oppressions or stigma as a Namibian woman in this day and age?

As a transgendered woman, I will always face stigma for the rest of my life. It’s something you don’t have control over, it’s firmly rooted in our cultures and history. However, I am proud that the spectrum of LGBT people live their lives and show pride and who they are regardless.

  1. What is your Perception of Beauty?

For me, Beauty is all about perspective, if you don’t feel beautiful inside, how can someone else see it.  A beautiful woman is self-accepting, comfortable and calm. It’s all about how you celebrate what you’ve been given.

Esperance Luvindao

Esperance Luvindao

Spoken Word artist Esperance Luvindao is a gifted poetess.Over the past year, she has released the first ever poetry album in the country, to being ambassador against Gender Based Violence. The young women is surely a force to be reckoned with.

  1. What makes you a woman or what is that one thing that makes you proud to be female?

Honestly, Power. As women we are undermined and our identities can sometimes be misconstrued, however women are proving people wrong by operating in that power that they are believed not to have.

  1. If you had to change something in society for the betterment of Namibian women, what would it be and why?

For me its two things, it’s crucial to change women’s mentalities by changing the way them see themselves and how they see each other. Sometimes women are taught to not voice their opinions, or view other women as competition, that needs to change.

  1. What is your Perception of Beauty?

For me it’s all about confidence, especially when it comes to first impressions. Confidences says a lot about how a woman see’s herself and those around her.

Selma Kamanya

Selma Kamanya

Selma Carlicia Kamanya is a Namibian model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Namibia 2018 on July 7, 2018.

  1. What makes you proud to be female?

What makes me proud to be a woman is the structural essence that women possess. We are nurturing, kind, compassionate while simultaneously possessing immense amounts of strength. We are multifaceted. We are the backbone of all communities and economies. We are life givers.

  1. If you had to change something in society for the betterment of Namibian women, what would it be and why?

Supporting and Uplifting each other especially in the realm of social media. We tend to castigate each other and prey on each other’s flaws, without showing compassion for most likely the same things that we’ve all experienced. I’d like to convey that We’re all women who are stronger together, than divided.

  1. Do you experience any oppressions or stigma’s as a Namibian women in this day and age?

One thing that I experience a lot is competence. Because you’re a woman in a male dominated world/industry you have to work harder to prove yourself. Also due to societal norms, women have been deemed the weaker sex.

  1. What is your perception for Beauty

Beauty is skin deep and in the eyes of the beholder. since we all are different and have different perspectives and opinions, the only opinion that truly matters is your own. We all see beauty in different ways, shapes and forms, but the most common definition that I’ve come across is confidence, compassion and striving towards being the best version of yourself.

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