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Friday, 21 October 2016

L'équipe du Niger a eu une réunion de travail avec le Président de la commission National des Droits Humains.

L'équipe du Niger a eu une réunion de travail avec le Président de la commission National des Droits Humains. Cette réunion a eu pour objecter de présenter l'equipe du Niger , ses activités et de nouer un partenariat entre les deux parties. Le Président de la commission a accueilli favorablement le partenariat avec l'équipe du Niger et nous a assuré de sa disponibilité pour le partenariat. Ainsi le secrétaire général de la CNDH a été instruit pour prendre en compte le plan d'action de l'équipe du Niger dans le programme 2017 de la commission. En fin l'équipe du niger est invité à participer à l'atelier de planification stratégique de la commission nationale des droits humains (CNDH)

The team of Niger had a working meeting with the President of the National human rights commission. This meeting was to object to present the team of Niger, its activities and establish a partnership between the two parties. The President of the commission welcomed the partnership with the team of Niger and assured us of his availability for the partnership. So the Secretary general of the national human rights Commission has been instructed to take into account the plan of action of the Niger team in the 2017 Commission program. In the end the niger team is invited to participate in the strategic planning of the national commission of human rights (CNDH) workshop,

Monday, 10 October 2016


When talking about gender, it’s a social construction of how the male and female sex are or wired. Taking about gender equality is highly controversial in nature.
‬ According to new research, both men and women have better quality of life in countries with a high degree of gender equality than in those with less gender equality .We are all one just difference in makeup so why this indifference?
Quality education is just about the innovative combination of both forms of education.
There's more of gender inequality in most developing countries than developed countries and this is due to the fact that in Africa we've been made to believe that some things should be done by a particular gender and not the other,, take for instance,, it is believed in Africa that only the women should cook while the man sits and waits for the food; Also it is believed that a man must be the one providing the food... If we look at this critically.
This setting doesn't really work in most developed countries
The Organization also encourages mainstreaming gender equality issues in education at all levels
(From early childhood to higher education), in all settings (from formal, non-formal and informal), and in all intervention areas (from planning infrastructure to training teachers).
Gender inequality in education takes many forms depending on the context. Though gender inequality affects girls and boys, women and men alike, girls and women are still more often disadvantaged.
The truth of the matter is this; gender equality remains the most widely discussed issue around the world today and this is because the question of equally draws on a variety of implications. Human beings can never be equal, no sentiments attached, however men and women should be given the same opportunities before that law, be accorded the same volume of respect. Only in this sense can gender equality be sort; among the obstacles in the way of women’s and girls’ability to exercise their right to participate in, complete and benefit from education are poverty, geographical isolation, minority status, disability, early marriage and pregnancy, gender based violence, and traditional attitudes about the status and role of women.
How can this same gender equality be a solution to quality education??
To move forward, every household must encourage their kids to treat the other sex just as they would want to be treated equally.
1. They should be a school in the home whereby evening Times. Parents and children discuss about lots of things; it bridges the gap between what's learnt at home and school; parents should have time for their kids.

2. The capacity of education, policy makers, planners, teachers and other education personnel regarding gender sensitive approaches should be developed.

3. Kids of today want edutainment not education really; the school curriculum should involve activities
 involving both sexes and highly interactive.

4. We need to understand what gender means, what are misconceptions, what are the challenges?
 How can we solve them?

5. Education begins at home. Regardless of whether it is quality education or not. The most important thing to note is this, parents must endeavour to expose children to the right background to learning, only then can these children begin to value education generally.

What are the most common mistakes made regarding gender? What policies are on ground to ensure this? How receptive is this gospel at grassroots levels
Gender are social constructed roles the society expects men and women to play
They are entirely different from sexes
In Nigeria for instance, women are known to keep the house, cook, clean, take care of the children and it stops there. Well in most areas-While for men, they expect that he is the bread winner, he is educated to a level,he is a worker and a protector, the head of the family in almost all parts of Africa
‬ Now the world has begun to change, norms are broken, stereotypes are not adhered to and the unusual is the trend. We see more number of women working, economically stable, owning properties and the likes which is in contrast to the old way, the days of women in purdah in the northern states, where women have no business in political affairs and in communicating with men... They hid their faces...they were regarded as the weaker sex
The stereotypes still exist but in bits, these were what expected of women then... But times are changing.
Women are very important to the educational sector because they are more populated than men...which implies a strong resource base that needs to be taped
We have to understand that the restrictions placed on women steam from a stereotype idea that our forefathers accepted to be the truth. These kind of stereotypes are affecting the womenfolk more than some of us are willing to admit. Until, the rest of Africa accepts to put a stop to the general notion, gender equality will just be another unresolved case.
So what are the solutions?
Emphasis is placed on them because they are vulnerable to all sorts of things... They are victims of bad cultural practices, they have little access to land or property , they are not economically stable compared to men and lots more... Gender equality does not imply that men and women are equal but it ensures for an enabling environment for both sexes to thrive without being discriminated... Nigeria would be better if more women are educated, if they are trained because educating the girl is educating a nation for she is a potential mother.
Most of us here buy into the same stereotypes, truth be told. Our orientation has to change.
It means that women should be engineers too; It means that women should be barbers too
So mind set needs to be reoriented
To add, it is not just about Nigeria, but Africa in its entirety.
It means that women can perform any role a man can; Why can't guys also be a teacher in the home, that is the social reconstruction.
It means that women have the right to be educated too. Maybe orientating ladies on stuffs like this will be more appropriate.
 For gender equality to be a reality. Men must lead  this fight for it not only women but about them also.
Gender is neutral, Equal opportunities for both. Sad as it sounds, most women have themselves accepted to remain in the background. They must let go of this inhibition.
Women are the vulnerable, in some African societies; boys don't go to school at all. The society must be willing to go all out for the woman just as much as the woman must put herself out there.
The campaign for quality education is shrouded in the ability to embrace the challenge to gain knowledge and subsequently put it to good use.
In Nigeria in the east they have more girls in school than boys... Who of course are involved in business?
They believe in training their daughters... but in the northern States you have more boys in school than girls. The girls are married off at an early age...they do not have the opportunity to finish school... So the issues is relative to location
Introduction of stipends for girls who hawk in the north to encourage them to attend schools. Scholarships for low income households who can't afford to send their daughters to school
In this case, our emphasis is on the girl child. She is the most disadvantaged given the kind of situation our society forces her to go through.

1 .Reorientation of the mind is key; proper remuneration scheme for rural teachers to encourage them; training of rural teachers in adherence to the required standard.
 2. It will be a boost for African youths to champion the campaign for an intellectual revolution.
3.  There should be a seminar for mothers educating them about their girl-child
4. Situations of crisis and instability. There a problem here too.
What we do, what we say and how we do or say what must send the right message. And if we fail to embrace the same principle, as one body, we are doomed.
5. Are we all willing to do what it takes to encourage quality education for all classes of children?
6. Educate Girls builds a cadre of village-based youth leaders to work as champions for girls' education and catalysts for school reform. It works in the schools as well as village communities spreading awareness about girl- child education. It boosts enrollment, retention and learning outcomes for all girls.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Lancement du Climate Marathon 2017/19

L’African Network for Policy Research and Advocacy for Sustainability (ANPRAS) et l’African Youth Initiative on Climate Change Mauritius (AYICC-Mauritius), en collaboration avec le Mouvement civique de Midlands (MCM), ont lancé samedi dernier, au centre Bien-être social, de Wooton le “Climate Marathon 2017/19”. 

Cette initiative vise à sensibiliser 42 villages sur le changement climatique. « Tout comme un marathon est couru sur 42 km, l’ANPRAS et l’AYICC Mauritius, en collaboration avec le MCM, lancent un projet innovant appelé “Climate Marathon”. Nous ciblerons 42 villages de Maurice, représentant environ 33% de la communauté rurale du pays, et organiserons, durant la période 2017-19, des sessions de sensibilisation et de renforcement des capacités à l’intention des villageois sur la résilience climatique face aux impacts du changement climatique », a expliqué Raj Chintaram, le coordinateur d’AYICC-Mauritius, au Mauricien. Il est intervenu au centre Bien-être social de Wooton samedi dernier lors du lancement de ce projet en présence de plusieurs personnalités du pays.

L’AYICC est un réseau africain d’organisation de jeunesse ayant pour objectif de sensibiliser les jeunes sur le changement climatique. Raj Chintaram a souhaité avoir le ministère des Administrations locales, l’association des autorités urbaines, les détenteurs du Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, le ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports, le Conseil des religions, le MACOSS de même que le ministère de l’Environnement comme parties prenantes dans ce projet. « Le changement climatique étant un problème environnemental affectant tout le monde, il est important que tout un chacun se sente concerné par la recherche d’une solution globale », a-t-il expliqué.

Les sujets qui seront abordés lors de ces sessions de sensibilisation sont notamment les impacts du changement climatique, les terminologies climatiques de base, les stratégies d’atténuation et d’adaptation au changement climatique, la gestion des risques des catastrophes, la “Climate Smart Agriculture”, les énergies propres et innovantes et la mise sur pied des antennes des AYICC dans les villages. « Nous voulons avoir une première génération de jeunes sensibilisés aux dangers du changement climatique et prête à multiplier les initiatives pour y faire face », a dit Raj Chintaram.

Outre les 42 villages précités, indique Raj Chintaram, le Climate Marathon 2017-19 se déclinera en quatre phases. Les 19 et 20 octobre aura lieu une “Climate March”, soit une marche pour le changement climatique. En 2017, les cinq conseils municipaux et les sept conseils de districts seront présents tour à tour lors des rencontres mensuelles. En 2018, ce sera au tour des 10 Regional Youth Centres/Councils d’être sensibilisés et, en 2019, le MACOSS, les Ong s’occupant de personnes handicapées, les académiciens et les mouvements estudiantins seront touchés par ce programme de sensibilisation. « Le Climate Marathon 2017/19 culminera en 2019 par un véritable marathon de 42,2 km du Trou-aux-Cerfs jusqu’au village du Bouchon », a conclu Raj Chintaram.

Taken from http://www.lemauricien.com/article/environnement-lancement-du-climate-marathon-201719

NAYD member Munyaradzi Muzenda promotes the SDGs in Zimbabwe

Six Zimbabwean cycled 54 kilometres to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tinotenda Chimanikire, aged 11 years was the youngest cyclist accompanied by Tapiwa Kubvo-runo, Munyaradzi Muzenda, Anyway Shoriwa, William Mapati and the Mayor of Marondera Mr Antony Makwindi. Each cyclist wore an SDG-branded t-shirt sponsored by the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG). This drew the attention of motorists and the general public. UNIC drove along with the cyclists and provided them with wa-ter.

“I cycled in support of SDG 1 which is ‘No Poverty. I am against poverty,” said Tapiwa Kubvoruno.
On arrival at UNIC, they participated in a press conference addressed by UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, the Principal Director in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Plan-ning and Investment In his statement, Mr Parajuli commended the cyclist for their determination and resolve. “I am so delighted by the commitment of these young individuals towards the SDGs. This is the championship we need, the mentality that says I don’t like poverty,” he said. Mr Parajuli reiterated United Nations’ commitment to implement the SDGs and said no one should be left behind.

Speaking at the same occasion, Mr Ma-honde said their cycling is a testimony of what the government and the UNDP are saying around SDGs, that SDG implementation requires the involvement of every-one, men women and children. He commended Afrika Speaks for taking up the SDGs, considering that it is a community-based youth organisation situated in Marondera, about 100 kilo-metres east of the capital Harare.

Mr Mahonde explained that although Zimbabwe’s country position is to implement all the 17 SDGs, the country is focusing on goals 8,7,2,9,6,13, 17,3,4 and 5. Fulfilment of the 10 SDGs mentioned above will result in the realisation of all the 17 SDGs, he said.

This event is the brainchild of Afrika Speaks, a project that markets and promotes Africa and its people. Afrika Speaks intends to cycle in other countries in Africa, raising awareness about the SDGs. These countries are Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Swazi-land, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

To support the campaign please contact Munya on munyaradzi.muzenda4@gmail.com

(Abstracted from UNIC HARARE News August 2016)

#NAYDSDGs team lead Uganda, Caroline Owashaba, is awarded the Women’s World Summit Foundation annual Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life 2016

Caroline Owashaba - Uganda

An Entrepreneur for Adding Value and Self Reliance

Caroline Owashaba (30) has begun many initiatives in her community, such as creating the International Day of the Girl Child recognition awards, and founding Action for Youth Development Uganda, a youth led organization that promotes gender equality, social justice, sexual reproductive health and rights of the rural people.
She started the Self Reliance Project and Children for Alternative Change (CHACHA), which engages children and mothers in social economic activities that enables them to increase their household income. One activity that is a part of the latter initiative uses discarded banana stems and fiber, to create products including lampshades, doormats, tablemats, key holders, table coasters, and earrings. While there are challenges in this sector due to the high cost of banana extractor and weaver machines, Caroline’s creative innovation has been beneficial in showing rural women how to add value to available resources around them. Another challenge was that because the technology is new for rural communities, awareness has to be created about the benefits of using banana-extracted residues. Due to Caroline the community has become highly informed about such banana products. The profits from selling these items were given to mothers to create bank accounts where the saved money would go to their children to attend school. By taking their children to school, Caroline has encouraged women to become more independent and feel more empowered. By looking at alternative and creative ways to make money, she has inspired and encouraged thousands of women to make a difference in their lives, and believes that such innovation can only take place if one overcomes the fear of beginning something new as she did. She was part of ACTION/2015, which build the momentum of adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is the current team leader for community-based organizations that are working towards popularizing SDGs in rural communities on behalf of the Network for African Youth for Development (NAYD) in Uganda.
(Taken from http://womensection.woman.ch/index.php/en/laureates/laureates-2016/535-caroline-owashaba-uganda)