Miss Arandis 2014 to fight GBV

01 Apr 2014 15:50pm
ARANDIS, 01 APR (NAMPA) – Miss Arandis 2014 Victory ‘Safra’ !Haoses aims to fight the evils of gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia during her reign.
“I want to eradicate gender-based violence, and violent men must man-up and start respecting women, communicate with them, instead of hurting and killing them,” she told Nampa here on Tuesday.
She scooped the beautiful crown on Saturday at this mining town, situated 60 kilometres north of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region.
The First Princess was Neo Milunga; Second Princess was Rauha Shalongo, who also emerged as Miss Personality; while Isarence Naris was voted Miss Photogenic.
!Haoses is an out-of-school unemployed youth, currently improving her Grade 10 results.
Meanwhile, the Corporate Communications Officer of the Arandis Town Council, Andrew !Hoaeb told this agency on Tuesday that president Hifikepunye Pohamba and some Cabinet members have come out strongly against GBV.
“Also, the Youth Ministry as well as the National Youth Council (NYC)’s leadership raised their disappointment in the gruesome manner in which our girls and women are murdered.
The Arandis youth hereby say ‘the time is now to act and raise our voices as girls and women from the villages, rural areas and small towns to bring our part by putting in action the national calls in the fight against GBV’,” stressed !Hoaeb.
He explained that Miss Arandis and her team will be supported by the town council to hold meetings with members of the community to discuss ways to end GBV.
!Hoaeb said the youthful team will also encourage men to stop killing and abusing women, and to instead love and respect them.
The beauty pageant was reintroduced this year after a 10-year hiatus.
It took place under the theme ‘Beauty with a purpose’, and Windhoek-based jazz artist Erna Chimu and Band entertained the guests.
The 10 finalists were dressed by Namibian designer Tsatago Immanuel //Garoeb.
Miss Arandis 2014 will represent her town at the Miss Tourism World Namibia 2014 finals, slated for 07 June 2014 in Windhoek.