Magazine article New Internationalist

Feminism Is Fun!

Magazine article New Internationalist

Feminism Is Fun!

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I AM A 22-year-old Law student at the University of Namibia and an aspiring human rights legal practitioner. I started my six-month internship at Sister Namibia Resource Centre in May 2008 and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I learned a lot about issues affecting women and girls, and developed my skills as a writer.

Sister Namibia helped me take my first step into the world of professionalism. My internship involved the classification and shelving of books and documents, and checking out and in the materials borrowed by users, including researchers and general readers.

I was often asked: 'What is the connection between law and working for a feminist organization?' Honestly, at the beginning I couldn't answer, but as weeks went by, I recognized that the two most important tools of a lawyer are knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to think and speak on your feet! And that is exactly the opportunity that Sister Namibia gave me. During my internship I developed a love for reading, being surrounded by such interesting books all day long.

I learned to communicate with people more, and at the same time to be helpful. I got to read a lot of books! The highlight of my days was going through stacks of documents on women's issues, women's rights, human rights, gender and development and many more subjects, classifying and shelving them. …

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