RWA Namibia Supporting Flood Victims on IWD

The international women`s day is normally celebrated by speeches and conferences designed to promote human rights, some focused on all humans and others focused on women. unfortunately, all this are done in urban areas excluding rural communities from such platforms.

Although the day is meant to be a celebration, Namibia rural women assembly joined the regional celebration, during the time of 23 March marked as climate emergency cyclone Freddy webinar NRWA members joined not only to connect on webinar but to also get together to reflect on international women’s day and 33 year of independence of Namibia discussing continued issues facing rural communities in Namibia. Approximately 90 percent of Namibians living in rural areas continue to face life-threatening socio-economic hardships, including poverty, social exclusion, high unemployment, and gender-based violence. The focus of the day is to try to meet the needs of those who are facing difficulty and develop methods for improving their lifestyles. There are discussions about the right to adequate standards of living, the right to health and the right to education. There is often discussion about how the government has failed to improve human rights for both men and women throughout the country.

These are the challenges faced by rural women in RWA Namibia. Human wildlife conflict led to negative results, such as loss of property, livelihoods, and even life. Many parts of Namibia will be experiencing drought this year due to poor rain received. In addition, flood frequency has increased in recent years in Namibia, affecting around 70,000 people annually. The 2011 flood affected nearly 500,000 people, with over 60,000 displaced, 19,000 in relocation camps and 65 flood-related deaths. The 2023 flood Heavy rains were received in southeastern parts of Angola and northeastern parts of Namibia in the Cuvelai catchment during the 2nd week of January 2023, resulting in flooding conditions in Ondjiva and surrounding areas. A total of 2190 people are affected by the floods with 582 people (111 households) whose houses were totally submerged in water and 1608 people (327 households) whose houses were partially submerged. Of the total 2190 affected people, 300 people are from the Oshana region, and 1890 people are from the Ohangwena region. 582 people (111 households) whose houses were totally submerged were displaced and evacuated to 9 relocation sites (7 camps are in the Ohangwena region and housing 332 people, whilst 2 camps are in the Oshana region and housing 250 people). As 35 schools in the Ohangwena region, school equipment, and infrastructure have been damaged and 18 of the schools are currently closed. At several schools, learners have started camping at the school as they are not able to return to their homes daily due to the rising water. In the Ohangwena region, three (3) clinics have been cut off with communities not having access to them.

Namibia RWA donated some sanitary pads,toiletry and food to the disaster risk management team in one region when the flood started.

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