Namibia mourns gender activist Sarry Xoagus-Eises

14 Nov 2017 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia mourns and celebrates the life of Sarry Xoagus-Eises, who passed away at the Usakos State Hospital on Monday after returning from a Damara cultural festival at Okombahe.
Sarry Xoagus-Eises, 60, had vast experience in the areas of media, gender equality, local government issues as well as human rights.
She was a veteran, well-seasoned journalist, SWAPO freedom fighter, tireless campaigner for the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development as well as a gender activist in Namibia.
Sarry was an advocate of women’s rights and is recognised as one of the pioneers for 50-50 zebra style representation in Namibian politics, particularly Parliament.
She also was the founder of the Namibia Chapter of Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA), an institution that works to promote gender equality in and through the media.
She worked at the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) as a journalist, was a senior lecturer at the University of Science and Technology and served as Namibia’s Country Manager of Gender Links, working as the Gender Justice and Local Government facilitator.
According to a media statement issued by Chief Executive Officer of Gender Links, Colleen Lowe Morna, it will be difficult for them to find a more loyal, hardworking and devoted soldier than Sarry.
“We grieve and we celebrate a beautiful life, dedicated to justice, self-empowerment, giving and above all the empowerment of others,” she said.
Morna said that Sarry in her decade of service to women’s rights, have traversed Namibia and South Africa, making the case with vigour and with humour, a voice not to be ignored.
“Under her stewardship, 36 councils in Namibia became Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government,” Morna said.