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    Namibian female duo excel at UN

    APA-Windhoek (Namibia)

    Two Namibian women, Bience Gawanas and Selma Ashipala-Musavyi this week made history following their appointment to senior role in the United Nations system.

    Gawanas, the special adviser to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare was appointed UN Special Adviser on Africa by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

    She will take over from Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt and will be the first woman to serve in that position since the UN was established 72 years ago.

    The UK-trained advocate was also the first African woman Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union (AU) from 2003 to 2008.

    Prior to that, she served as the Ombudswoman of Namibia from 1996 to 2003.

    In the same vein, Ashipala-Musavyi, permanent secretary of international relations and cooperation has been appointed as a member of the UN Secretary-General Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

    Ashipala-Musavyi is one of the few African women to be appointed to serve on the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

    Ashipala-Musavyi is a seasoned diplomat who served as Namibia’s first resident Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Vienna, Austria.

    She has successfully chaired the preparatory session for the Comprehensive-Test-Ban-Treaty Organization and the UN Commission on Drugs and Crime.

    She will attend Advisory Board meetings, which take place twice a year alternately in Geneva and New York.

    Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on Tuesday congratulated the duo for their elevation at the global body.


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