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THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND GENDER JUSTICE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUMMIT & AWARDS,

23-25 APRIL 2012, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

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365 days of local action to end violence and empower

women

SHARONICE BUSCH

WHAT ROLE HAS THE LEADER PLAYED IN CHAMPIONING GENDER AND GBV ACTIVITIES?

Did a media literacy programme at the Polytechnic of Namibia, where gender and GBV were part of the course outline I realised the importance of gender and GBV in an open society and Secular State, to the extent where they crafted a project and designed a magazine with the underlying story being GBV & means to address it.
SHARONICE BUSCH

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HOW HAS THE LEADER INFLUENCED THE LEVEL OF BUY IN AND INVOLVEMENT OF MANAGEMENT?

As speaker, I realised that my Senior Parliamentarians needed to become Child Champions This was my strategy to get the buy in from Senior Parliament. The motion was supported through case studies of traditional societies where gender and GBV are in conflict with cultural beliefs, customs and norms.
SHARONICE BUSCH

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IS THE LEADER KNOWN WITHIN THE INSTITUTION, COMMUNITY, ETC FOR ADVOCATING FOR ISSUES OF GENDER AND GBV?

A Watchdog Magazine was created that monitored the media in Namibia, a question of female stereotype was open for debate as well as media sensationalisation. I participated in the childrens reference group during our revision of Namibias Draft Child Care and Protection Bill, where GBV was heavily scrutinised.
SHARONICE BUSCH

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WHAT TIMES DOES THE LEADER DEVOTE TO THIS WORK? IS IT PAID OR VOLUNTARY?

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Her role as Speaker of Junior Parliament is entirely voluntary.

SHARONICE BUSCH

HOW HAS THE LEADER HELPED TO POPULARISE GENDER AND GBV ACTIVITIES AND INITIATIVES IN THE WORKPLACE?

Testing of gender balance and representation was introduced in my Junior Parliament, Senior Parliament followed suite, but the representation is still worrisome. National Debate on Baby Dumping among tertiary students and learners was held in the National Council of Namibia
SHARONICE BUSCH

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WHAT RESULTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED? HOW IS THIS LINKED TO PERSONAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE LEADER?

Advocacy towards gender and GBV in Namibia among the Youth remarkably stands out. The Gender Equality is achieved in the Junior Parliament as a result of the testing as part of the criteria. Participated at the 65th General Assemblys Youth Forum of UNESCO in France, Paris in 2009
SHARONICE BUSCH

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CHALLENGES

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Financial sustainability geared at

implementation, monitoring and evaluation within the Junior Parliament Gender as a priority area within the overall National Agenda of the Government of the day.

ANY QUESTIONS?
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SHARONICE BUSCH