WINDHOEK, 17 MAR – It would be a grave injustice if Nora Schimming-Chase’s history is not written for the benefit of current and future generations, according to her sister, Ottilie Abrahams.
Abrahams was speaking at Schimming-Chase’s memorial service held at the Parliament Gardens here on Friday.
It was imparted on Nora early on by her mother, Charlotte Schimming, that she was born to serve her country and not for self-enrichment, Abraham said.
“If we want to create more women like Nora, we as parents have to instill the appropriate revolutionary spirit in the minds of our children at a very young age,” said Abrahams.
“She was told that women could do anything that men could not do. After all, have you ever heard of a man giving birth to a baby?”
These principles, among others, are what nurtured and shaped Schimming-Chase to become “the most ardent feminist” that Abrahams has come accross.
“She [Charlotte] made Nora believe in herself and helped to understand that the sky is the limit,” she added.
Consequently, Abrahams believes that Namibia can produce more women of Schimming-Chase’s caliber.
“What I am trying to say is that creating a certain mindset and the commitment to the welfare of the community in any child is not an accident,” she said, adding that it is the result of constant effort on the part of committed parents.
Schimming-Chase died on Tuesday after a long illness at the age of 77.