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Advocacy and lobbying for food security initiatives for the benefit of rural women in the regions.

Official opening of the Make Tuvalera Rural Women Open Market.

Official openning of the Make Tuvalera Rural Women Open Market

As one way for income generating and be food security, in 2017 the NRWA members in Daures Constituency secured piece of land from the traditional authority to establish an open market where women can sell their products. In order to be visible in the region, the women organized the opening of their open market. So in June 2018 the “Make Tuvalera Rural Women Open Market” was officially opened by the governor of Erongo Region, Hon. Cleophas Mutjavikua. It is hoped that as they are now known by the Erongo Regional Council they would be helped to build their open market as a full permanent structure.

Scenes from various community meetings and needs assessment workshops.

Official openning of the Make Tuvalera Rural Women Open Market

Village level meetings

The RFPs had conducted 137 village level meetings in the 14 regions and were attended by +-3500 rural women. Most of the meetings focused on the following:

Introducing the RFPs Introduction of NRWA as an organization and creating awareness on its importance.

Mobilizing and recruiting members thus out of the 3500 reached at least 3562 joined NRWA by end of November 2017.

Setting up regional, constituency and village level structures.

Information sharing about various issues affecting women such as food security, climate change, seeds, farming in general, etc.

Discussing and getting input on the NRWA constitution.

Sensitizing women on their rights and various opportunities they could capitalize on.


The Regional Focal persons conducted 16 community needs assessment workshops in 11 regions and these were attended by 598 participants of whom 94% were female (561 female & 37 male) they also conducted individual interviews with 157 women from 9 regions.. The main objective of the needs assessment exercise and interviews was to enable the RFPs get first-hand information on the plight of the rural women in Namibia in terms of challenges faced, access to basic services and what they think can be done to change the situation.