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Posts by Vitalio Angula:
Addiction to alcohol is a disease of the mind. “A disease is a medical condition that negatively affects the particular structure of all or part of an organism” (in this case the brain). The #slutshameWalk and # MeToo Namibia movements have over the past two years championed women’s rights within the context of sexual autonomy; broadly defined as a woman’s/man’s “prerogative to determine when, with whom, and under what circumstances they engage in sexual activity”. Riding on a wave of public discontent with the ruling party Swapo, Dr Panduleni Itula launched a popular run for the Namibian presidency in the November 2019 elections. What began as peaceful protests by students of the University of Eswatini (UNESWA), demanding answers on the disappearance and subsequent confirmation of the death of Thabani Nkomonye, reached a climax on the 28 and 29 of June as widespread violence and untold human suffering gripped the Kingdom of Eswatini. On 6 July 2021, the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos announced on her Twitter feed that her office had partnered with experts to publish weekly updates that analyse and report on the Civd-19 situation in Namibia. The recent announcement by government that the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) will be returning to the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, less than 10 years since it was made a fully-fledged State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) in 2013, not only speaks to poor governance and failed leadership, but reveals what British economist William Forster termed as the tragedy Capitalism, the Christian religion and the patriarchal structure of Namibian society have allowed the scourge of rape culture to continue unabated. “A gendered insult is any word or phrase which is disproportionately applied to a member of a particular gender, and which generally bears some connection to societal expectations or norms placed upon that gender”.