Saturday, June 29, 2013
The ILO has launched the Youth Employment Video Contest: Youth labour migration “Reaping the benefits, minimizing the risks” Are you working to promote decent work for young migrants? Then submit a video!
Don’t have a camera? Use your phone! The video is your opportunity to show how YOU make a difference in the lives of young migrants. Let’s give a voice to young migrants! You’ve got up to 5 minutes to tell us how you make a difference!
To enter: upload your video on Youtube and send the link to the Knowledge Management Facility on Youth Employment and Migration at the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme:email@example.com by 22 July 2013.
The video that shows the best results of activities promoting decent work for young migrants will be selected.
The winner will be invited to present their initiative at a panel discussion during the celebrations of the International Youth Day in New York, 12 August 2013. For details on how to participate please go to: www.ilo.org/yep
Source: World Assembly of Youth (WAY)
About the Summer Youth Programme
LEAP's Youth Leadership Programme is modeled after international best practices and emerging lessons from Ford Foundation's youth leadership efforts across the globe.
The objectives of the leadership programme are to:
- Support youth through the process of "looking within" to take stock of their current skills, talents and inclinations as well as their dreams and visions for the future.
- Expose youth to the concept of leadership, and offer them some tools and skills for effective leadership.
- Encourage youth to commence change projects in their communities in order to test and apply what they have learnt through the training programmes, as well as to improve the lives of others.
Programme cost: N25,000
Date: July 22 – July 26, 2013
Venue: LEAP Africa's Office Lekki Lagos (full address stated below)
The programme cost covers programme materials, light refreshment and lunch for five (5) days. Also, participants get a certificate of participation upon programme completion.
Programme topics include:
The Act and Art of Leadership, Developing your Life's Mission and Vision, Goal Setting, the Tower Game, the Trust Walk, Leadership for Change, Building Self Confidence, Creativity, Patriotism/Social Responsibility, Time Management, Networking, Negotiations, Communications and Moral Ethics. LEAP utilizes case studies, games, interactive exercises and multimedia to enhance the life and leadership skills of its youth.
Youth between the ages of 15 and 25 who are passionate about community service and have a strong commitment to developing their leadership skills.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Ukwori via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 234-1-270-6541/2. You could also call by LEAP Africa's office at - 13 Omorinre Johnson Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Accelerating Commitment and Action to Tackle Issues that Affect Women and Girls in Africa #GlobalPower
Here is a reminder of why this matters.
There are about 23.5 million people living with HIV in sub-saharan Africa. Less than 30% of young women have a clear understanding of what HIV is all about. Of 287,000 maternal deaths, 162,000 occurred in African region in 2010. We have 1 female condom for every 10 women in Africa. African women constitute 58% of all people living with HIV. And the list goes on and on.
From the statistics above, albeit somewhat startling, one can deduce the urgent need to accelerate the implementation of the global and regional commitments for women and girls, gender equality and HIV/AIDS in Africa; and the adoption of post-2015 priorities in the region.
What does it really mean to accelerate actions needed to improve women and girls’ health and well being in Africa? Of what relevance is it to our society? I’ll be speaking with some leaders/key players at the on-going GlobalPower Women Network Africa HLM to get their views.
But first, here is a summary of how the opening ceremony went today.
Like I captured in an earlier post, the 2nd GPWNA HLM kicked off today in Abuja. The event had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan, Africa’s leading female presidents of Malawi and Liberia, Joyce Banda and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; GPWNA executives, including the president of the network, Hon. Thokozani Khupe, the deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe; representatives of UN agencies including the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe; representatives from the AU, ECOWAS, Ministers and other representatives from all sectors of the African region. Trust me, the room was loaded with leaders from Ethiopia to Zambia to other countries.
The purpose of the gathering was to deliberate and identify best strategies in tackling the issues affecting women and girls, gender equality and HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health and rights issues. In addition, mobilize support and commitment from government leaders and other stakeholders to actualise the implementation of the global and regional commitment as well as the adoption of post 2015 priorities and recommendations for an accelerated action on treaties/declarations.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her speech noted the remarkable improvement on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“HIV is no longer a death sentence,” the President of Liberia said.
But she pointed out that there is still a lot of work to be done. She advocates for a global focus on ending violence against women. She also raised the need for women and girls to be given a voice in the society through economic participation.
Sirleaf says achieving MDG 2 will prevent all other forms of violence against women and girls. When women have access to basic education, they are able to venture out to be economically independent and with that comes the will power to protect themselves and their family members from all forms of oppression and suppression.
To achieve this, we need the full commitment of women leaders everywhere.
“It is up to us women everywhere to become the advocates, promoters and facilitators to ensure these goals are implemented…the time is now…!” said Sirleaf.
While giving her opening statement, the outgoing president of GPWNA, Thokozani Khube, the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, said that the objective of GPWNA is to advance innovative game changing approaches that positively impact the lives of women and girls.
Women ministers should ensure women interests are promoted and protected. She openly recommended that President Goodluck Jonathan ensure GPWNA is included in the agenda of African Union.
Africans often look outside for solutions to local challenges. To effect the kind of changes we want, we need to quit looking out. We want to ensure our voices are heard. Humanitarians won’t develop our continent. Empowering women will, the deputy Prime Minister noted.
But GPWNA is not all talk. “Transform your signature into action,” Khube says to the leaders and stakeholders.
We want to see action.
Women are leaders in their own right.
Sidibe punctuates the good records with a startling comment: “But we are failing women in our continent.”
For this reason, Sidibe suggests GPWNA go beyond just being a platform to becoming a movement in order to reverse the negative trend of the impact of HIV/AIDS.
Young girls between 18-24 do not have access to information on how they can protect themselves. They need education and economic empowerment.
Gender inequality, exclusion are not just numbers or statistics, Sidibe noted. Every woman and girl must get the opportunity that ensures their lives are protected and are able to grow and contribute to development.
To end AIDS we need to end gender inequality.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala inaugurated GPWNA in Zimbabwe for the first time when it was launched.
During her remark today, she reaffirmed the need to keep promoting gender equality and women empowerment and rights.
“For women to succeed, we have to leverage men. Be we have to properly select those who we leverage so they don’t deleverage us (when they get there),” Okonjo-Iweala said.
Nigeria’s Finance Minister ends her remark quoting Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President:
“It is important that government structures understand that true freedom and prosperity cannot be achieved unless …we see in visible and practical terms that the condition of women in our country has radically changed for the better, and that they have been empowered in all spheres of life as equal.”
In Malawi, over half of the population are tested and know their HIV status, the President of Malawi, Joyce Bada, revealed today during her goodwill message.
Africa needs to pay greater attention to girl education and promote activities that will economically empower women. Income generation is critical for women, she said.
She gave her submissions, as follows:
Traditional and cultural beliefs that are harmful should be eradicated. To achieve this, there is need to engage traditional leaders in all efforts at the grassroots.
There is need to invigorate women movement in Africa. Women should stand united and speak with one voice. And most importantly, keep government leaders accountable.
It is also important to promote inclusive action and engage different groups of women. And of course, male involvement cannot be pushed aside. There is need for women and men to work together.
“Remove structural barriers militating against the women,” he said.
In Africa, to fight AIDS, we must also fight poverty, President Goodluck said. Education is the most powerful tool to fight poverty.
President Goodluck was during the event described as one the most gender-friendly president. (Or was he the most?). He was awarded by the GPWNA for his continuous support in promoting women empowerment and participation in leadership position.
The business of all talk and no action will not accelerate the implementation of any strategy.
In the words of the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, HIV and AIDS still wear the face of women and girls. To eradicate this challenge, all we need is to take more action. I agree.
|Olayide Akanni, Executive Director of Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria|
|Youth Delegates at GPWNA|
|HLM Presidents and Executives|
|First Lady, Ethiopia|
|Mrs Virginia Etiaba, first female governor in Nigeria (Gov of Anambra state 2006-2007)|
|Claris Ojwong, Chairperson, Pan Africa Positive Women's Coalition Kenya, and Noreen Huni, Executive Director REPSSI South Africa (R-L)|
The 2nd High Level Meeting (HLM) of the GlobalPower Women Network Africa @gpowerafrica is kicking off today in Abuja.
The meeting, which is being hosted by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is bringing together African female government, business, development leaders and key stakeholders pushing and fostering the business of development in the African region.
The theme for the HLM is "accelerating the implementation of the global and regional commitments for women and girls, gender equality and HIV/AIDS in Africa; and the adoption of post-2015 priorities."
The GlobalPower Women Network Africa, GPWNA, a UNAIDS supported initiative is a network of African Women who are elected and appointed representatives that are at decision-making tables. The network seeks to advance gender equality and women's empowerment and promote discussions on their accelerated action as well as action on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) aims to create an informative and educative corrupt practices data archiving and reporting platform with modern features for multi-dimensional public advocacy and civic engagement in the fight against corruption.
ACID is a first step to ensuring that Nigerians are able to rate themselves as well as their government leaders on efforts made to curb corruption.
Asset Declaration: A list of Nigerian politicians and government officials that have declared their assets. The "Report Asset tool" helps user report known asset of political actors and also upload supporting documents.
Bribe Reports: A tool to report corruption cases either from public or government agencies. Also allows for user to upload supporting documents. (Multi-media and textual).
Budget: Monitor Public Projects yourself: View and share Budgetary Infographics
Download budget resources such as actual budget documents and budget monitoring toolkits.
WANGONeT's Corruption Calculator: An application which computes the opportunity cost of acts of corruption. It provides contextual comparisons into the actual cost of stolen and misappropriated funds.
Corruption Profile: A list of individuals who have been involved in corruption allegations, cases, and convictions.
National Applaud Ranking: Applauding outstanding individuals who work hard despite the temptation of corruption. Users can nominate and vote for ANY individual they believe is worthy of applaud.
Other resources available include FREE download of Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and other important documents.
For more information please email email@example.com
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
The interesting part of the exercise was that the participants said that they are honest but do not think others in their country are honest people. This is the reality of where we are today as a country: everyone is always looking over the shoulder of his neighbour and pointing accusing fingers at others and the government for the many problems as well as the corrupt state in the country. Everyone else wants to blame others and keep them accountable. We forget that real measure of honesty and accountability starts with self.
Good morning honorable commissioners, school principals, educators, other stakeholders and the panel of judges present here today. My name is Grace Noah Bashiru, an SS 1 student of Government Science Secondary School...
The purpose of this presentation themed: "Honesty and accountability for National Transformation and Development," is to share my views on how honesty and accountability can be used as a tool to improve the current state of Nigeria's development. To achieve this objective, it is pertinent to understand the context of the topic by defining the term honesty, accountability and national transformation and development.
Honesty means being truthful, trustworthy. Accountability means to be answerable for one's action. Transformation means the act of changing completely. According to the advanced learner's dictionary, national is defined as connected with a particular nation, shared by a whole nation. Development is defined as the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced or stronger.
To further explain the concept, national development is defined by O. Obasanjo and Mabogunje in a paper titled "Element of Development", as "a change or transformation into a better state…it is a process concerned with people's capacity in a defined area over a defined period to manage an induced positive change: in terms of ability to predict, plan, understand and monitor change as well as to reduce or eliminate unwarranted change."
From these definitions, national transformation and development refers to the collective effort of a particular nation put in place to attain a gradual growth or advancement. The essence of such development is to bring about an improvement in all areas while eliminating unwanted change. But this cannot happen in isolation. We need men, women and children to embrace truthfulness and be able to account for their action at all times.
At the national level, there is a transformation agenda which draws inspiration from the Vision 20.20 and the first National implementation plan and is based on a set of priority policies and programme which when implemented would transform the Nigerian economy to meet the future need of the people. But while some say lack of continuity, consistency and commitment has hindered the actualization of this agenda. Others might blame it on corruption and lack of accountability on the part of our leaders. On this note, I will like to invite my colleague to explain more.
Presenter 2: All protocols duely observed. My name is Edwin Bashiru Rosemary, an SS 1 student of GSSS.... To explain further, in Nigeria today, one of the major factors hindering us from fully realizing our development potential as a country is corruption. This challenge cuts across different spheres of our society- from Education to politics to business even to our daily routines as individuals. Our reputation of corrupt practices resonates at international level.
According to the 2012 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index report on Nigeria, our country ranks 135 out of 176 countries surveyed. This report revealed that Nigeria shares the position with Pakistan and Nepal, to remain one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
But we can choose to consciously change things. Indeed, to achieve the much-anticipated transformation we seek in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck. We must all be more honest and more accountable at our individual level while holding leaders in different places as well as the government accountable.
Honesty and accountability starts with simple actions such as students abstaining from examination malpractice, parents not giving bribe to educators to falsify their children's result, religious leaders not being hypocritical in their dealings, business men and women not using substandard materials to produce their goods and so on. Honesty and accountability is not only expected of the government but also of us.
As my colleague mentioned at the beginning of this presentation, many people think others are not honest in Nigeria. But instead of just seeing ourselves as the only honest people in Nigeria, we should be able to pay attention at what others are doing and keep them accountable and vice versa.
This implies that no development championed by honesty and accountability can take place automatically or in isolation. It involves a process and conscious collective effort of all affected to induce and sustain the desire for an improved nation and take action to effect such improvement. Honesty and accountability are therefore important tools we can use to induce this transformation and development.
Honesty brings about absolute development and growth in different aspects like peaceful co-existence, loyalty and harmony that can foster the much-anticipated development you and I want in Nigeria. Central Bank Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, once said no country is immune to corruption. In his words, "the greatest challenge facing Nigeria is the challenge of a people that have lost sight of the importance of merit and not corruption."
In my opinion, it is time to refocus our sight to embrace the importance of merit. We need to begin to celebrate people of integrity as much as we keep those who are not honest in their dealings accountable. This way, the younger generation will be able to emulate the behaviour of role models who are celebrated for good.
Friday, June 14, 2013
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has selected Jakarta-based journalist Prodita Sabarini as the 2013-14 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Sabarini is the ninth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to build skills while focusing exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.
Sabarini, a staff reporter for the English daily The Jakarta Post, was chosen from a pool of highly qualified applicants from around the world. She plans to research the phenomenon of religious intolerance in Indonesia during her tenure as the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and wishes to explore the factors that turn people's fear into acts of violence. "The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides an opportunity to access research materials that are not available in my home country," Sabarini said.
Peter Canellos, Editorial Page editor at The Boston Globe, noted that "The Neuffer fellows are both students and teachers. Each fellow has made her impact felt in Boston and elsewhere in the United States, and then taken her own lessons back to readers in Uganda, Colombia, Pakistan, India, and many other countries where former fellows are living and working."
The fellowship is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter and winner of the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award, who was killed while on assignment in Iraq in 2003. Neuffer's life mission was to promote international understanding of human rights and social justice.
For more information about the Neuffer Fellowship, visit iwmf.org/elizabeth-neuffer, contact Annie Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org, (+1) 202.496.1992), follow @IWMF on Twitter, and "like" facebook.com/IWMFpage.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
#Media tools & challenges of reporting #health!!
Join us at The International Reporting Project (@IRPChirps) for a tweetchat tomorrow: June 12 by 10am Washington/3pm Lagos & London.
If you are not a journalist, still free to swing by and tell us what more you will like to see on health reporting.
Use hashtag #healthreporting #IRP13 follow on Twitter: @IRPChirps.
Thank you & see you there, on twitter!
Please tell others!!
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Stakeholders Advocate For An Increase In Awareness To Curb The Spread Of HIV and Hepatitis In Nasarawa State
|Okoh Emmanuel, a student at BITC, and a staff of CDAC during the free HIV and Hepatitis testing session|
According to Mr. Adenitan Lawrence, the manager at BITC, the purpose of the program was to create awareness about Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS to staff, students and clients of the organization.
“We believe that once you are informed, you are better transformed,” he says, “Not only you but even your family and other colleagues and members of the society, as the case may be.”
The event, which was a collaboration between BITC and the Center for Disease and Aid Control (CDAC) was aimed at also creating an avenue for participants to access free voluntary HIV and Hepatitis counselling and testing.
Nasarawa state currently has one of the highest HIV prevalence rate in Nigeria. According to National Bureau of Statistics, while there were 3, 083, 004 people living with HIV in Nigeria in 2007, Nasarawa state had a population of 106, 629 people living with HIV. In 2012, the Nigerian Journal of Basic and Clinical Sciences reported that Nasarawa has a prevalence of 7.5% of HIV, which is higher than the average national prevalence of 4.1%.
Dr. Gideon Ayuba, a representative of CDAC points out that illiteracy and religion are barriers hindering efforts to curb the spread of HIV in the state.
“We understand it [HIV] is rising very very fast and also the issue of Hepatitis is also rising,” Ayuba says. Adding that awareness creation is an important tool needed to reverse the impact of the spread of the virus.
According to Ayuba, most people in Nasarawa state do not go for HIV test because of their religious beliefs and tradition. People’s ignorance and poor literacy level also hinders the AIDS response, he says.
Although free counselling and testing session was available during the awareness campaign program, not all the participants took advantage of it. Fatoyinbo Olasimbo, one of the participants, says she did not take any HIV test because of fear of the unknown.
“I’m not interested,” she says. “I have never had HIV test and I don’t have plans to.”
Fatoyinbo, in spite of her unwillingness to know her HIV status, advocates for more awareness creation.
“Although I did not get the test done but at least I’m informed,” she says, “People should come for this kind of program to get informed to know what is good for them.”
Another participant, Joseph Omugu, says lack of awareness is the leading cause of most related deaths. He also believes an increased awareness on the issue of HIV and Hepatitis will reduce such incidences.
“By giving this awareness, it is going to help us a lot,” he says.
He however disagrees with Fatoyinbo on the issue of HIV test. “It is good for one to know his status because [by] knowing your status you will take prevention,” he says.
Omugu says his knowledge about HIV and Hepatitis is improved as a result of attending the program.
“This lecture is going to make me know my status today,” he says.
Early this year, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa state, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, signed the bill prohibiting discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS into law. Stakeholders in the civil society sector believe the action will improve efforts to curb the spread of HIV.
“We understand the stigmatization is worse than the virus itself,” says Ayuba, “it kills faster than the virus itself.”
Ayuba says the anti-stigmatization law will make a lot of impact in Nasarawa state because many people living with HIV will be free to live their lives.
“They will be able to live their lives without people stigmatizing them,” he says.
He, however, noted that there was need for more awareness on what stigma is about in order for people to understand the relevance of the law at the grassroots.
Adenitan advises other Non-Governmental Organizations to keep spreading the message to raise awareness.
“I just want to use this forum to call on other NGOs and other well to do philanthropists in our society to keep spending their money to create more awareness.”
He adds, “Keep sending the message, keep creating awareness so that people will know. We want to spread the information and not the virus.”
An increased awareness can reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis in Nasarawa state, he says.
This report was made possible by a grant from the International Reporting Project to report on global health and development in Nigeria. This story was first published by HealthNewsNG.com.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Here is introducing the 1st National Children and Young People's Media Summit organized by Media Advocacy and Development Initiative in partnership with DAAR Communications Plc, CHAMS Plc, Television Continental, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (FCT Chapter) and several other organizations scheduled to hold in Abuja between July 28 th and August 3 rd , 2013 at British Nigerian Academy with the theme "Challenges in Young People's World of Communication".
Media Advocacy and Development Initiative (MADinitiative) is a registered non-government organization focused in the area of promoting Theatre and Media for advocacy among children, women and youths in Nigeria.
The National Children and Young People's Media Summit 2013 is a gathering of delegates from different continents of the world preparing children and youth for a new media world in the 21st century while encouraging global networking.
It offers great opportunities to network, to be part of debates, to be interactive and to be part of workshops; to share perspectives, experience and expertise. It will be the most important meeting place for Children and young people in 2013.
Participants at the 1 st National Children and Young People's Media Summit would be trained on the technical aspect of following areas –
1. T.V/Radio Programming and Production, Presentation,
3. New Media (Blog/Web streaming)
4. Video Editing, Cinematography and Animation
5. Graphics Design and Printing Technique.
At the end of the 1week practical summit, the participants would have gained enough knowledge on the technical background of the 21 st Century Media World and be able to influence the world through media with their contents.
The summit will also create a platform for media tycoons and young people in media to brainstorm and create positive media content for young people.
Note: Press Release.