Gawanas to receive IPPF award
WINDHOEK, 17 MAY (NAMPA) – Former African Union (AU) Commissioner for Social Affairs, Advocate Bience Gawanas will be awarded for her contribution to sexual and reproductive health and rights by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
She will receive the award in London in the United Kingdom on Saturday.
The IPPF recognises Gawanas as a champion of women’s health and rights in Africa for initiating far-reaching campaigns such as the Africa-wide Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).
The CARMMA campaign was launched in 2009 during the 4th Session of the Conference of AU Ministers of Health held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Namibia is amongst the close to 40 countries that launched the campaign nationally, addressing issues pertaining to maternal and child health.
IPPF is a global movement of national organisations and volunteer activists advocating Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for all.
The IPPF will also award other activists and organisations in the categories for individual volunteer, youth, collective, and staff contribution.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Gawanas said the award serves as recognition for her efforts and that of her staff at the AU, and serves as a motivation to continue with the campaign because the struggle is long from over.
“We have issues now of sexual violence, baby dumping, teenage pregnancy and unsafe, illegal or backstreet abortion, so that is a motivation for me to continue,” she said.
Gawanas is currently the special advisor to Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta.