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  •   Three years of flatlined progress on HIV treatment and prevention affect 2 7 million youth Some 110 00 youth under age 19 died last year from AIDS related causes the UN Children s Fund UNICEF said on Friday noting that coupled with 310 000 newly infected the total number of young people living with HIV stands at 2 7 million Ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday UNICEF warned in its latest global snapshot on children HIV and AIDS that progress in HIV prevention and treatment has nearly flatlined over the past three years with many regions still not at pre pandemic service coverage Though children have long lagged behind adults in the AIDS response the stagnation seen in the last three years is unprecedented putting too many young lives at risk of sickness and death said UNICEF Associate Chief of HIV AIDS Anurita Bains Collective failure This comes on top of an existing and growing gap in treatment between adults and children adolescents and pregnant women Children are falling through the cracks because we are collectively failing to find and test them and get them on life saving treatment she continued Every day that goes by without progress over 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS Numbers tell the story Despite accounting for only seven per cent of overall people living with HIV children and adolescents comprised 17 per cent of AIDS related deaths and 21 per cent of new HIV infections last year Unless the drivers of inequities are addressed UNICEF warns ending AIDS in children and adolescents will continue to be a distant dream However the snapshot points out that longer term trends remain positive New HIV infections among children under age 14 dropped by 52 per cent from 2010 to 2021 and new infections among 15 to19 year olds also dropped by 40 per cent Similarly coverage of lifelong antiretroviral treatment ART among pregnant women living with HIV increased from 46 per cent to 81 per cent in a single decade Growing treatment gap While the total number of children living with HIV is on the decline the treatment gap between children and adults continues to grow In UNICEF s HIV priority countries ART coverage for children stood at 56 per cent in 2020 but fell to 54 per cent in 2021 Several factors were responsible for the decline including the pandemic and other global crises that have increased marginalization and poverty However the failure also reflects waning political will and a flagging AIDS response in children Globally only 52 per cent of children living with HIV had access to treatment which has only marginally increased over the past few years Among all adults living with HIV meanwhile coverage at 76 per cent was more than 20 percentage points higher than among children And there was an 81 per cent gap between children and pregnant women living with HIV Moreover the percentage of children living with HIV under age four who are not on ART climbed to 72 per cent last year as high as it was in 2012 Regional lens During 2020 pregnant and breastfeeding women in Asia and the Pacific the Caribbean Eastern and Southern Africa Latin America the Middle East and North Africa and West and Central Africa all experienced treatment coverage drops And in 2021 coverage in Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa declined further Except for West and Central Africa which continues to see the highest burden of mother to child transmission none of the regions above have recovered to 2019 levels putting the lives of newborn babies at increased risk In 2021 more than 75 000 new child infections occurred because pregnant women were not diagnosed and initiated on treatment With renewed political commitment to reaching the most vulnerable strategic partnership and resources to scale up programmes we can end AIDS in children adolescents and pregnant women Ms Bains said
    Three years of flatlined progress on HIV treatment and prevention affect 2.7 million youth
      Three years of flatlined progress on HIV treatment and prevention affect 2 7 million youth Some 110 00 youth under age 19 died last year from AIDS related causes the UN Children s Fund UNICEF said on Friday noting that coupled with 310 000 newly infected the total number of young people living with HIV stands at 2 7 million Ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday UNICEF warned in its latest global snapshot on children HIV and AIDS that progress in HIV prevention and treatment has nearly flatlined over the past three years with many regions still not at pre pandemic service coverage Though children have long lagged behind adults in the AIDS response the stagnation seen in the last three years is unprecedented putting too many young lives at risk of sickness and death said UNICEF Associate Chief of HIV AIDS Anurita Bains Collective failure This comes on top of an existing and growing gap in treatment between adults and children adolescents and pregnant women Children are falling through the cracks because we are collectively failing to find and test them and get them on life saving treatment she continued Every day that goes by without progress over 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS Numbers tell the story Despite accounting for only seven per cent of overall people living with HIV children and adolescents comprised 17 per cent of AIDS related deaths and 21 per cent of new HIV infections last year Unless the drivers of inequities are addressed UNICEF warns ending AIDS in children and adolescents will continue to be a distant dream However the snapshot points out that longer term trends remain positive New HIV infections among children under age 14 dropped by 52 per cent from 2010 to 2021 and new infections among 15 to19 year olds also dropped by 40 per cent Similarly coverage of lifelong antiretroviral treatment ART among pregnant women living with HIV increased from 46 per cent to 81 per cent in a single decade Growing treatment gap While the total number of children living with HIV is on the decline the treatment gap between children and adults continues to grow In UNICEF s HIV priority countries ART coverage for children stood at 56 per cent in 2020 but fell to 54 per cent in 2021 Several factors were responsible for the decline including the pandemic and other global crises that have increased marginalization and poverty However the failure also reflects waning political will and a flagging AIDS response in children Globally only 52 per cent of children living with HIV had access to treatment which has only marginally increased over the past few years Among all adults living with HIV meanwhile coverage at 76 per cent was more than 20 percentage points higher than among children And there was an 81 per cent gap between children and pregnant women living with HIV Moreover the percentage of children living with HIV under age four who are not on ART climbed to 72 per cent last year as high as it was in 2012 Regional lens During 2020 pregnant and breastfeeding women in Asia and the Pacific the Caribbean Eastern and Southern Africa Latin America the Middle East and North Africa and West and Central Africa all experienced treatment coverage drops And in 2021 coverage in Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa declined further Except for West and Central Africa which continues to see the highest burden of mother to child transmission none of the regions above have recovered to 2019 levels putting the lives of newborn babies at increased risk In 2021 more than 75 000 new child infections occurred because pregnant women were not diagnosed and initiated on treatment With renewed political commitment to reaching the most vulnerable strategic partnership and resources to scale up programmes we can end AIDS in children adolescents and pregnant women Ms Bains said
    Three years of flatlined progress on HIV treatment and prevention affect 2.7 million youth
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    Three years of flatlined progress on HIV treatment and prevention affect 2.7 million youth

    Three years of flatlined progress on HIV treatment and prevention affect 2.7 million youth  .

    Some 110,00 youth under age 19 died last year from AIDS-related causes, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, noting that coupled with 310,000 newly infected, the total number of young people living with HIV stands at 2.7 million. 

    Ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday, UNICEF warned in its latest global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS that progress in HIV prevention and treatment has nearly flatlined over the past three years, with many regions still not at pre-pandemic service coverage. 

     “Though children have long lagged behind adults in the AIDS response, the stagnation seen in the last three years is unprecedented, putting too many young lives at risk of sickness and death,” said UNICEF Associate Chief of HIV/AIDS Anurita Bains. 

    Collective failure This comes on top of an existing and growing gap in treatment between adults and children, adolescents, and pregnant women. 

    “Children are falling through the cracks because we are collectively failing to find and test them and get them on life-saving treatment”, she continued. 

     “Every day that goes by without progress, over 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS.” Numbers tell the story Despite accounting for only seven per cent of overall people living with HIV, children and adolescents comprised 17 per cent of AIDS-related deaths, and 21 per cent of new HIV infections last year. 

     Unless the drivers of inequities are addressed, UNICEF warns, ending AIDS in children and adolescents will continue to be a distant dream. 

    However, the snapshot points out that longer-term trends remain positive. 

     New HIV infections among children under age 14 dropped by 52 per cent from 2010 to 2021, and new infections among 15- to19-year-olds also dropped by 40 per cent. 

     Similarly, coverage of lifelong antiretroviral treatment (ART) among pregnant women living with HIV increased from 46 per cent to 81 per cent in a single decade. 

    Growing treatment gap While the total number of children living with HIV is on the decline, the treatment gap between children and adults continues to grow. 

     In UNICEF’s HIV-priority countries, ART coverage for children stood at 56 per cent in 2020 but fell to 54 per cent in 2021. 

    Several factors were responsible for the decline, including the pandemic and other global crises that have increased marginalization and poverty. 

    However, the failure also reflects waning political will and a flagging AIDS response in children. 

     Globally, only 52 per cent of children living with HIV had access to treatment, which has only marginally increased over the past few years. 

    Among all adults living with HIV, meanwhile, coverage at 76 per cent was more than 20 percentage points higher than among children. 

     And there was an 81 per cent gap between children and pregnant women living with HIV. 

     Moreover, the percentage of children living with HIV under age four who are not on ART climbed to 72 per cent last year – as high as it was in 2012.

    Regional lens During 2020, pregnant and breastfeeding women in Asia and the Pacific; the Caribbean; Eastern and Southern Africa; Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and West and Central Africa all experienced treatment coverage drops. 

    And in 2021, coverage in Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa declined further. 

     Except for West and Central Africa, which continues to see the highest burden of mother-to-child transmission, none of the regions above have recovered to 2019 levels, putting the lives of newborn babies at increased risk. 

     In 2021, more than 75,000 new child infections occurred because pregnant women were not diagnosed and initiated on treatment. 

    “With renewed political commitment to reaching the most vulnerable, strategic partnership and resources to scale up programmes, we can end AIDS in children, adolescents and pregnant women”, Ms. Bains said. 

  •   The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF ahead of World AIDS Day warned that progress in the prevention and treatment of HIV for children adolescents and pregnant women has almost stagnated in the last three years and many regions are not yet in the pre COVID 19 stage 19 service coverage Around 110 000 children and adolescents 0 19 years old died of AIDS related causes during 2021 while another 310 000 became infected for the first time bringing the total number of young people living with HIV to 2 7 million according to the latest UNICEF Global Panorama on Children and Adolescents HIV AIDS which was published on Monday This stagnation adds to an existing and growing gap in treatment between children and adults Although children have long lagged behind adults in the AIDS response the stagnation seen over the past three years is unprecedented and puts too many young lives at risk of disease and death said Anurita Bains Deputy Chief of HIV AIDS of UNICEF Children are being forgotten because we collectively fail to find them evaluate them and give them life saving treatment Every day that passes without progress more than 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS Despite representing only 7 of overall people living with HIV children and adolescents accounted for 17 of all AIDS related deaths and 21 of new HIV infections in 2021 A Unless the causes of inequalities are addressed ending AIDS in children and adolescents remains a distant dream UNICEF warned However the snapshot shows that longer term trends remain positive New HIV infections among the youngest children 0 14 years fell by 52 between 2010 and 2021 and new infections among adolescents 15 19 years also fell by 40 Similarly lifetime antiretroviral treatment ART coverage among pregnant women living with HIV increased from 46 to 81 in a single decade While the total number of children living with HIV is declining the treatment gap between children and adults continues to grow In UNICEF HIV priority countries ART coverage for children was 56 in 2020 but fell to 54 in 2021 This decline is due to several factors including the COVID 19 pandemic and other global crises which have increased marginalization and poverty but is also a reflection of waning political will and a flagging response to AIDS among children Globally an even lower percentage of children living with HIV accessed treatment 52 per cent which has only increased marginally in recent years Meanwhile coverage among all adults living with HIV 76 percent was more than 20 percentage points higher than among children The gap was even greater between children 52 percent and pregnant women living with HIV 81 percent Alarmingly the percentage of children between the ages of 0 and 4 who are living with HIV and not receiving ART has increased in the last seven years reaching 72 percent in 2021 as high as in 2012 the snapshot shows Many regions Asia Pacific the Caribbean Eastern and Southern Africa Latin America the Middle East and North Africa and Western and Central Africa also experienced drops in treatment coverage for pregnant and lactating women during 2020 with Asia Pacific and Middle East and North Africa experience further declines in 2021 With the exception of West and Central Africa which continues to experience the highest burden of mother to child transmission none of the aforementioned regions have recovered to the coverage levels achieved in 2019 These disruptions put the lives of newborns at greater risk In 2021 more than 75 000 new childhood infections occurred because pregnant women went undiagnosed and started treatment the snapshot shows Xinhua
    Progress in HIV care for children and pregnant women is almost flat in the last 3 years: UNICEF
      The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF ahead of World AIDS Day warned that progress in the prevention and treatment of HIV for children adolescents and pregnant women has almost stagnated in the last three years and many regions are not yet in the pre COVID 19 stage 19 service coverage Around 110 000 children and adolescents 0 19 years old died of AIDS related causes during 2021 while another 310 000 became infected for the first time bringing the total number of young people living with HIV to 2 7 million according to the latest UNICEF Global Panorama on Children and Adolescents HIV AIDS which was published on Monday This stagnation adds to an existing and growing gap in treatment between children and adults Although children have long lagged behind adults in the AIDS response the stagnation seen over the past three years is unprecedented and puts too many young lives at risk of disease and death said Anurita Bains Deputy Chief of HIV AIDS of UNICEF Children are being forgotten because we collectively fail to find them evaluate them and give them life saving treatment Every day that passes without progress more than 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS Despite representing only 7 of overall people living with HIV children and adolescents accounted for 17 of all AIDS related deaths and 21 of new HIV infections in 2021 A Unless the causes of inequalities are addressed ending AIDS in children and adolescents remains a distant dream UNICEF warned However the snapshot shows that longer term trends remain positive New HIV infections among the youngest children 0 14 years fell by 52 between 2010 and 2021 and new infections among adolescents 15 19 years also fell by 40 Similarly lifetime antiretroviral treatment ART coverage among pregnant women living with HIV increased from 46 to 81 in a single decade While the total number of children living with HIV is declining the treatment gap between children and adults continues to grow In UNICEF HIV priority countries ART coverage for children was 56 in 2020 but fell to 54 in 2021 This decline is due to several factors including the COVID 19 pandemic and other global crises which have increased marginalization and poverty but is also a reflection of waning political will and a flagging response to AIDS among children Globally an even lower percentage of children living with HIV accessed treatment 52 per cent which has only increased marginally in recent years Meanwhile coverage among all adults living with HIV 76 percent was more than 20 percentage points higher than among children The gap was even greater between children 52 percent and pregnant women living with HIV 81 percent Alarmingly the percentage of children between the ages of 0 and 4 who are living with HIV and not receiving ART has increased in the last seven years reaching 72 percent in 2021 as high as in 2012 the snapshot shows Many regions Asia Pacific the Caribbean Eastern and Southern Africa Latin America the Middle East and North Africa and Western and Central Africa also experienced drops in treatment coverage for pregnant and lactating women during 2020 with Asia Pacific and Middle East and North Africa experience further declines in 2021 With the exception of West and Central Africa which continues to experience the highest burden of mother to child transmission none of the aforementioned regions have recovered to the coverage levels achieved in 2019 These disruptions put the lives of newborns at greater risk In 2021 more than 75 000 new childhood infections occurred because pregnant women went undiagnosed and started treatment the snapshot shows Xinhua
    Progress in HIV care for children and pregnant women is almost flat in the last 3 years: UNICEF
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    Progress in HIV care for children and pregnant women is almost flat in the last 3 years: UNICEF

    - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), ahead of World AIDS Day, warned that progress in the prevention and treatment of HIV for children, adolescents and pregnant women has almost stagnated in the last three years, and many regions are not yet in the pre-COVID-19 stage. 19 service coverage.

    Around 110,000 children and adolescents (0-19 years old) died of AIDS-related causes during 2021, while another 310,000 became infected for the first time, bringing the total number of young people living with HIV to 2.7 million, according to the latest UNICEF Global Panorama on Children and Adolescents. HIV/AIDS, which was published on Monday.

    This stagnation adds to an existing and growing gap in treatment between children and adults.

    "Although children have long lagged behind adults in the AIDS response, the stagnation seen over the past three years is unprecedented and puts too many young lives at risk of disease and death," said Anurita Bains, Deputy Chief of HIV/AIDS of UNICEF. "Children are being forgotten because we collectively fail to find them, evaluate them and give them life-saving treatment. Every day that passes without progress, more than 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS."

    Despite representing only 7% of overall people living with HIV, children and adolescents accounted for 17% of all AIDS-related deaths and 21% of new HIV infections in 2021. A Unless the causes of inequalities are addressed, ending AIDS in children and adolescents remains a distant dream, UNICEF warned.

    However, the snapshot shows that longer-term trends remain positive. New HIV infections among the youngest children (0-14 years) fell by 52% between 2010 and 2021, and new infections among adolescents (15-19 years) also fell by 40%. Similarly, lifetime antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage among pregnant women living with HIV increased from 46% to 81% in a single decade.

    While the total number of children living with HIV is declining, the treatment gap between children and adults continues to grow. In UNICEF HIV priority countries, ART coverage for children was 56% in 2020, but fell to 54% in 2021. This decline is due to several factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises , which have increased marginalization and poverty. , but is also a reflection of waning political will and a flagging response to AIDS among children. Globally, an even lower percentage of children living with HIV accessed treatment (52 per cent), which has only increased marginally in recent years.

    Meanwhile, coverage among all adults living with HIV (76 percent) was more than 20 percentage points higher than among children. The gap was even greater between children (52 percent) and pregnant women living with HIV (81 percent). Alarmingly, the percentage of children between the ages of 0 and 4 who are living with HIV and not receiving ART has increased in the last seven years, reaching 72 percent in 2021, as high as in 2012, the snapshot shows. .

    Many regions (Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Western and Central Africa) also experienced drops in treatment coverage for pregnant and lactating women during 2020, with Asia- Pacific and Middle East and North Africa experience further declines in 2021.

    With the exception of West and Central Africa, which continues to experience the highest burden of mother-to-child transmission, none of the aforementioned regions have recovered to the coverage levels achieved in 2019. These disruptions put the lives of newborns at greater risk . In 2021, more than 75,000 new childhood infections occurred because pregnant women went undiagnosed and started treatment, the snapshot shows. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has delivered 110 classrooms for 22 schools to the government of Bangladesh Of the 110 classrooms 76 are newly built while 36 have been renovated UNICEF said in a statement on Sunday The new and improved classrooms will provide child friendly learning spaces and better access to education for more than 8 000 children in the Cox s Bazar district of Bangladesh some 392 km southeast of the national capital Dhaka Children spend much of their waking hours in the classroom and the classroom really should feel like a second home for children Research shows that when classrooms are safe and welcoming to children children are motivated to learning and school enrolment attendance and completion rates increase said Sheldon Yett UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh The initiative is part of UNICEF s support for Bangladeshi children in the district In addition UNICEF is supporting the local government to strengthen teaching and learning through grants that benefit the 657 schools in Cox s Bazar Xinhua
    UNICEF delivers child-friendly classrooms to Bangladesh
      The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has delivered 110 classrooms for 22 schools to the government of Bangladesh Of the 110 classrooms 76 are newly built while 36 have been renovated UNICEF said in a statement on Sunday The new and improved classrooms will provide child friendly learning spaces and better access to education for more than 8 000 children in the Cox s Bazar district of Bangladesh some 392 km southeast of the national capital Dhaka Children spend much of their waking hours in the classroom and the classroom really should feel like a second home for children Research shows that when classrooms are safe and welcoming to children children are motivated to learning and school enrolment attendance and completion rates increase said Sheldon Yett UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh The initiative is part of UNICEF s support for Bangladeshi children in the district In addition UNICEF is supporting the local government to strengthen teaching and learning through grants that benefit the 657 schools in Cox s Bazar Xinhua
    UNICEF delivers child-friendly classrooms to Bangladesh
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    UNICEF delivers child-friendly classrooms to Bangladesh

    - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has delivered 110 classrooms for 22 schools to the government of Bangladesh.

    Of the 110 classrooms, 76 are newly built while 36 have been renovated, UNICEF said in a statement on Sunday.

    The new and improved classrooms will provide child-friendly learning spaces and better access to education for more than 8,000 children in the Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh, some 392 km southeast of the national capital Dhaka.

    "Children spend much of their waking hours in the classroom, and the classroom really should feel like a second home for children. Research shows that when classrooms are safe and welcoming to children, children are motivated to learning and school enrolment, attendance and completion rates increase," said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh.

    The initiative is part of UNICEF's support for Bangladeshi children in the district.

    In addition, UNICEF is supporting the local government to strengthen teaching and learning through grants that benefit the 657 schools in Cox's Bazar. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  The Kano state government through a programme funded by the European Union EU in collaboration with United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF freed 31 children in conflict with the law The Justice for Children Forum has its inaugural sitting in the Kano remand home and was led by the Chief Judge of the state Justice Nura Sagir The forum after questioning and screening the children freed 31 of them whose offence were mostly theft The committee also freed some on health grounds some were granted bail and others were transferred to juvenile court while others were recommended for speedy trials Hajiya Amina Yargaya the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice who heads the forum restated the commitment of the government to ensure a child friendly law system in Kano She said that the justice for children forum would promote efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of justice and the provision of child friendly services to children Some of the issues the forum will look into include violence against children abuse neglect bullying and those who could not be able to access justice and also advise on prevention and reformation of children in contact with the justice system she said The Chief Register of the state high court Malam Abdullahi Bayero said that the forum would ensure that the rights of children are respected at every stage of juvenile justice administration including investigation judicial hearing as well as custodial stages He explained that the Chief Judge would visit the home again to release more children with cases of theft and other minor offence Also speaking Hajiya Binta Yakasai the Director social welfare directorate commended the efforts of the forum for giving access to justice for both vulnerable persons and children in the state Fatima Adamu Child Protection Specialist UNICEF Kano said that the forum was a programme funded by the EU in collaboration with UNICEF She said that the forum was established in the state to protect children that come in contact with the law Adamu explained that the members of the Forum were drawn from the Police Ministries of Justice Education and Health Nigerian Correctional Centre Immigrations Service and the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria Others include the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP the National Human Right Commission NHRC the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC the International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA UNICEF Media Organizations as well as Chief Registrars of Courts and the Justice Sector Reform Team According to her some of the issues the forum will look into include violence against children abuse neglect bullying and those who can not access justice and also advice on prevention and reformation of children in contact with the justice system At the end of the project with UNICEF support hopefully the state will attain some child friendly service provision for children in contact with the law including children in conflict with the law that is client focus she added Adamu who lamented the state of the remand homes called for the intervention of the state government The child protection specialist also called for routine medical checkups for the children
    Kano State, EU, UNICEF frees 31 children in custody
     The Kano state government through a programme funded by the European Union EU in collaboration with United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF freed 31 children in conflict with the law The Justice for Children Forum has its inaugural sitting in the Kano remand home and was led by the Chief Judge of the state Justice Nura Sagir The forum after questioning and screening the children freed 31 of them whose offence were mostly theft The committee also freed some on health grounds some were granted bail and others were transferred to juvenile court while others were recommended for speedy trials Hajiya Amina Yargaya the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice who heads the forum restated the commitment of the government to ensure a child friendly law system in Kano She said that the justice for children forum would promote efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of justice and the provision of child friendly services to children Some of the issues the forum will look into include violence against children abuse neglect bullying and those who could not be able to access justice and also advise on prevention and reformation of children in contact with the justice system she said The Chief Register of the state high court Malam Abdullahi Bayero said that the forum would ensure that the rights of children are respected at every stage of juvenile justice administration including investigation judicial hearing as well as custodial stages He explained that the Chief Judge would visit the home again to release more children with cases of theft and other minor offence Also speaking Hajiya Binta Yakasai the Director social welfare directorate commended the efforts of the forum for giving access to justice for both vulnerable persons and children in the state Fatima Adamu Child Protection Specialist UNICEF Kano said that the forum was a programme funded by the EU in collaboration with UNICEF She said that the forum was established in the state to protect children that come in contact with the law Adamu explained that the members of the Forum were drawn from the Police Ministries of Justice Education and Health Nigerian Correctional Centre Immigrations Service and the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria Others include the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP the National Human Right Commission NHRC the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC the International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA UNICEF Media Organizations as well as Chief Registrars of Courts and the Justice Sector Reform Team According to her some of the issues the forum will look into include violence against children abuse neglect bullying and those who can not access justice and also advice on prevention and reformation of children in contact with the justice system At the end of the project with UNICEF support hopefully the state will attain some child friendly service provision for children in contact with the law including children in conflict with the law that is client focus she added Adamu who lamented the state of the remand homes called for the intervention of the state government The child protection specialist also called for routine medical checkups for the children
    Kano State, EU, UNICEF frees 31 children in custody
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    Kano State, EU, UNICEF frees 31 children in custody

    The Kano state government, through a programme funded by the European Union(EU) in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), freed 31 children in conflict with the law.

    The Justice for Children Forum has its inaugural sitting in the Kano remand home and was led by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nura Sagir.

    The forum after questioning and screening the children freed 31 of them whose offence were mostly theft.

    The committee also freed some on health grounds, some were granted bail and others were transferred to juvenile court while others were recommended for speedy trials.

    Hajiya Amina Yargaya, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, who heads the forum, restated the commitment of the government to ensure a child-friendly law system in Kano.She said that the justice for children forum would promote efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of justice and the provision of child-friendly services to children.

    “Some of the issues the forum will look into include violence, against children, abuse, neglect, bullying and those who could not be able to access justice and also advise on prevention and reformation of children in contact with the justice system,” she said.

    The Chief Register of the state high court, Malam Abdullahi Bayero, said that the forum would ensure that the rights of children are respected at every stage of juvenile, justice administration including investigation, judicial hearing as well as custodial stages.

    He explained that the Chief Judge would visit the home again to release more children with cases of theft and other minor offence.

    Also speaking, Hajiya Binta Yakasai, the Director social welfare directorate, commended the efforts of the forum for giving access to justice for both vulnerable persons and children in the state.

    Fatima Adamu, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF, Kano, said that the forum was a programme funded by the EU in collaboration with UNICEF.

    She said that the forum was established in the state to protect children that come in contact with the law.

    Adamu explained that the members of the Forum were drawn from the Police, Ministries of Justice, Education and Health, Nigerian Correctional Centre, Immigrations Service and the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria.

    Others include the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), UNICEF, Media Organizations as well as Chief Registrars of Courts and the Justice Sector Reform Team. According to her, some of the issues the forum will look into include violence, against children, abuse, neglect, bullying and those who can not access justice and also advice on prevention and reformation of children in contact with the justice system.

    “At the end of the project with UNICEF support, hopefully, the state will attain some child-friendly service provision for children in contact with the law including children in conflict with the law, that is client focus,” she added.

    Adamu, who lamented the state of the remand homes, called for the intervention of the state government.

    The child protection specialist also called for routine medical checkups for the children.

  •   On the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence we recommit to achieving a world where women and girls enjoy their full range of rights reach their full potential and live a life free from violence Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world rooted in gender inequality discrimination and harmful cultural and social norms It is also increasingly recognized as a public health issue that adversely affects the health of women and girls To this end the Women Peace and Security Group of South Sudan welcomes further progress by the Government of South Sudan to end all forms of violence against women and girls and to ensure adequate financing and budget allocation to realize those goals The Women Peace and Security Group notes significant steps made by the Government of South Sudan to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan This includes continuing to prosecute cases in the Gender Based Violence Court established in 2020 and plans to extend its reach to the state level as well as adoption of the Joint Action Plan on CRSV and the establishment of special protection units and one stop centers Long term financial investments will help ensure the sustainability impact and reach of these initiatives In turn by reducing the rates of gender based violence across the country these investments will reduce current and future costs associated with absenteeism loss of income and healthcare costs that arise as a result of gender based violence and that not only affect survivors but also their families communities and networks Across the globe the evidence is clear reducing rates of gender based violence pays dividends for all The Women Peace and Security Working Group stands in solidarity with women and girls in South Sudan who play a critical and active role in peacebuilding and nation building We continue to encourage the Government of South Sudan to meaningfully leverage and allocate domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls and to ensure budget allocations are executed and reach their intended recipients This should include the allocation of resources for the dissemination and implementation of the government s CRSV Joint Action Plan delivering support and services to children born of conflict related sexual violence and their families tackling stigmatization of survivors and damaging social norms and budget allocation for implementation of the government s new WPS National Action Plan By leveraging and allocating domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls the Government of South Sudan will help create a more sustainable future for its people and reduce reliance on external financing and as well as vulnerability to external shocks A South Sudan led commitment to financing this issue at home will provide hope to survivors and their families who are in need of affordable accessible and trauma informed support services Everyone has a role to play the private sector civil society and government at all levels Preventing violence against women and girls are pre conditions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women Peace and Security Agenda Gender equality and empowering women and girls benefits everyone and contributes to stronger more peaceful and prosperous societies During these 16 Days of Activism we invite all stakeholders to renew efforts to invest in the prevention of violence against women and girls This is crucial to advance gender equality amplify the voice and accomplishments of inspiring women and girls and champion their needs in South Sudan and around the world Signatories African Union Mission in South Sudan AUMISS British Embassy Juba CARE International Delegation of the European Union to South Sudan Embassy of Canada to South Sudan Embassy of Sweden Office in South Sudan Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Sudan Swiss Cooperation Office in Juba TITI Foundation United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF United Nations Development Programme UNDP United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women UN Women United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS United Nations Population Fund UNFPA United States Agency for International Development South Sudan USAID
    Statement on increasing financing and investment to end violence against women and girls to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Sudan
      On the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence we recommit to achieving a world where women and girls enjoy their full range of rights reach their full potential and live a life free from violence Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world rooted in gender inequality discrimination and harmful cultural and social norms It is also increasingly recognized as a public health issue that adversely affects the health of women and girls To this end the Women Peace and Security Group of South Sudan welcomes further progress by the Government of South Sudan to end all forms of violence against women and girls and to ensure adequate financing and budget allocation to realize those goals The Women Peace and Security Group notes significant steps made by the Government of South Sudan to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan This includes continuing to prosecute cases in the Gender Based Violence Court established in 2020 and plans to extend its reach to the state level as well as adoption of the Joint Action Plan on CRSV and the establishment of special protection units and one stop centers Long term financial investments will help ensure the sustainability impact and reach of these initiatives In turn by reducing the rates of gender based violence across the country these investments will reduce current and future costs associated with absenteeism loss of income and healthcare costs that arise as a result of gender based violence and that not only affect survivors but also their families communities and networks Across the globe the evidence is clear reducing rates of gender based violence pays dividends for all The Women Peace and Security Working Group stands in solidarity with women and girls in South Sudan who play a critical and active role in peacebuilding and nation building We continue to encourage the Government of South Sudan to meaningfully leverage and allocate domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls and to ensure budget allocations are executed and reach their intended recipients This should include the allocation of resources for the dissemination and implementation of the government s CRSV Joint Action Plan delivering support and services to children born of conflict related sexual violence and their families tackling stigmatization of survivors and damaging social norms and budget allocation for implementation of the government s new WPS National Action Plan By leveraging and allocating domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls the Government of South Sudan will help create a more sustainable future for its people and reduce reliance on external financing and as well as vulnerability to external shocks A South Sudan led commitment to financing this issue at home will provide hope to survivors and their families who are in need of affordable accessible and trauma informed support services Everyone has a role to play the private sector civil society and government at all levels Preventing violence against women and girls are pre conditions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women Peace and Security Agenda Gender equality and empowering women and girls benefits everyone and contributes to stronger more peaceful and prosperous societies During these 16 Days of Activism we invite all stakeholders to renew efforts to invest in the prevention of violence against women and girls This is crucial to advance gender equality amplify the voice and accomplishments of inspiring women and girls and champion their needs in South Sudan and around the world Signatories African Union Mission in South Sudan AUMISS British Embassy Juba CARE International Delegation of the European Union to South Sudan Embassy of Canada to South Sudan Embassy of Sweden Office in South Sudan Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Sudan Swiss Cooperation Office in Juba TITI Foundation United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF United Nations Development Programme UNDP United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women UN Women United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS United Nations Population Fund UNFPA United States Agency for International Development South Sudan USAID
    Statement on increasing financing and investment to end violence against women and girls to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Sudan
    Africa5 days ago

    Statement on increasing financing and investment to end violence against women and girls to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Sudan

    On the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we recommit to achieving a world where women and girls enjoy their full range of rights, reach their full potential, and live a life free from violence.

    Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right.

    Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world, rooted in gender inequality, discrimination, and harmful cultural and social norms.

    It is also increasingly recognized as a public health issue that adversely affects the health of women and girls.

    To this end, the Women, Peace, and Security Group of South Sudan welcomes further progress by the Government of South Sudan to end all forms of violence against women and girls and to ensure adequate financing and budget allocation to realize those goals.

    The Women, Peace, and Security Group notes significant steps made by the Government of South Sudan to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan.

    This includes continuing to prosecute cases in the Gender-Based Violence Court, established in 2020, and plans to extend its reach to the state level, as well as adoption of the Joint Action Plan on CRSV and the establishment of special protection units and one-stop centers.

    Long-term financial investments will help ensure the sustainability, impact, and reach of these initiatives.

    In turn, by reducing the rates of gender-based violence across the country, these investments will reduce current and future costs associated with absenteeism, loss of income, and healthcare – costs that arise as a result of gender-based violence, and that not only affect survivors, but also their families, communities, and networks.

    Across the globe, the evidence is clear: reducing rates of gender-based violence pays dividends for all. 

    The Women, Peace, and Security Working Group stands in solidarity with women and girls in South Sudan who play a critical and active role in peacebuilding and nation-building.

    We continue to encourage the Government of South Sudan to meaningfully leverage and allocate domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls and to ensure budget allocations are executed and reach their intended recipients.

    This should include the allocation of resources for the dissemination and implementation of the government’s CRSV Joint Action Plan, delivering support and services to children born of conflict-related sexual violence and their families, tackling stigmatization of survivors and damaging social norms, and budget allocation for implementation of the government’s new WPS National Action Plan.By leveraging and allocating domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls, the Government of South Sudan will help create a more sustainable future for its people, and reduce reliance on external financing and as well as vulnerability to external shocks.

    A South Sudan-led commitment to financing this issue at home will provide hope to survivors and their families, who are in need of affordable, accessible, and trauma-informed support services.

    Everyone has a role to play: the private sector, civil society, and government, at all levels.

    Preventing violence against women and girls are pre-conditions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.

    Gender equality and empowering women and girls benefits everyone and contributes to stronger, more peaceful, and prosperous societies.

    During these 16 Days of Activism, we invite all stakeholders to renew efforts to invest in the prevention of violence against women and girls.

    This is crucial to advance gender equality, amplify the voice and accomplishments of inspiring women and girls, and champion their needs in South Sudan and around the world.

    Signatories:African Union Mission in South Sudan (AUMISS)British Embassy JubaCARE InternationalDelegation of the European Union to South SudanEmbassy of Canada to South SudanEmbassy of Sweden Office in South SudanEmbassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South SudanEmbassy of the Kingdom of Norway in South SudanEmbassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South SudanSwiss Cooperation Office in JubaTITI FoundationUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)United States Agency for International Development South Sudan (USAID)

  •   In response to the low levels of participation of girls in schooling the Federal Ministry of Education the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO of the UK and UNICEF implemented the Girls Education Programme Phase 3 GEP3 across six northern Nigerian states of Katsina Kano Niger Sokoto Zamfara and Bauchi between 2012 and 2022 At the national closing ceremony of GEP3 held in Abuja on 24 November 2022 the partners reported that the programme s investment of 109 million yielded positive results in enrolling an additional 1 5 million girls into school far exceeding the project s target The attendance rate of girls in primary schools in the six states improved from 43 to 70 while gender parity improved from 0 73 to 0 97 GEP3 worked to improve the quality of education for all children and helped girls gain better access to education and economic opportunities breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage In our commitment to drastically reduce the number of Out of School Children Nigeria appreciates the scaling of evidence based solution in tackling this menace as provided through the GEP3 As we continue on this path we would leverage on the success of GEP3 to plan better budget better and make better decisions in putting more Girl Child in school said Honourable Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu GEP3 has not only been successful in getting more girls into formal and non formal schools but it has also improved learning outcomes GEP3 has raised the profile of educated girls created new positive social norms in many communities and enabled a transformational shift in mindsets about the importance of girls education It is critical that we advocate scaling of the approach in all states said Cristian Munduate UNICEF Representative in Nigeria I express the deep appreciation of UNICEF to the UK Government for this long term commitment and funding for girls access to primary school in northern Nigeria Together there remains much work to be done to ensure that girls transition to and complete secondary education This is important not only for the economic prosperity and wellbeing of the girl and her family but to stem the high population growth expected in Nigeria We see FCDO and the government of Nigeria as steadfast partners in this complex endeavour added Munduate In addition to surpassing its target enrollment figures GEP3 s innovations policies and best practices are contributing to improvements in Nigeria s educational sector GEP3 has also built the capacity of Head teachers and teachers in the management of schools as well as delivery of effective learning for girls GEP3 s unconditional cash transfer programme supported over 23 500 girls and reduced the level of poverty in the household enabling families to send girls to school and enhanced the ability of women to generate additional domestic income Furthermore community based structures like Mothers Association School Based Management Committees and the High level Women Advocates have been established as enduring platforms for community mobilization mentorship and policy advocacy on girls education The programme was also instrumental in strengthening non formal Qur anic schools through the integration of foundational literacy and numeracy To improve learning levels the programme delivered an early literacy and numeracy intervention the Reading And Numeracy Activity RANA RANA was designed to improve literacy and numeracy instruction in grades 1 3 in over 3 800 public schools and Integrated Qur anic schools RANA developed Hausa language teaching and learning materials built teacher capacity mobilized communities and engaged local governments to improve early grade reading policies Overall the GEP 3 programme trained over 67 000 primary school teachers including those teaching in Integrated Qur anic schools to improve their skills and ability to deliver quality education The GEP 3 has been one of the UK s largest bilateral Girls Education programmes globally We have seen good progress in improving access for girls and moving towards gender parity but with an increasing population Nigeria s out of school children figures remain high for girls and boys We now need to ensure that we build on the successful interventions of GEP 3 supporting them to be scaled up and sustained to ensure they are catalysts for change in the wider sector said Catriona Laing British High Commissioner to Nigeria
    Nigeria, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s girls’ education programme sends an additional 1.5 million girls to school in northern Nigeria
      In response to the low levels of participation of girls in schooling the Federal Ministry of Education the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO of the UK and UNICEF implemented the Girls Education Programme Phase 3 GEP3 across six northern Nigerian states of Katsina Kano Niger Sokoto Zamfara and Bauchi between 2012 and 2022 At the national closing ceremony of GEP3 held in Abuja on 24 November 2022 the partners reported that the programme s investment of 109 million yielded positive results in enrolling an additional 1 5 million girls into school far exceeding the project s target The attendance rate of girls in primary schools in the six states improved from 43 to 70 while gender parity improved from 0 73 to 0 97 GEP3 worked to improve the quality of education for all children and helped girls gain better access to education and economic opportunities breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage In our commitment to drastically reduce the number of Out of School Children Nigeria appreciates the scaling of evidence based solution in tackling this menace as provided through the GEP3 As we continue on this path we would leverage on the success of GEP3 to plan better budget better and make better decisions in putting more Girl Child in school said Honourable Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu GEP3 has not only been successful in getting more girls into formal and non formal schools but it has also improved learning outcomes GEP3 has raised the profile of educated girls created new positive social norms in many communities and enabled a transformational shift in mindsets about the importance of girls education It is critical that we advocate scaling of the approach in all states said Cristian Munduate UNICEF Representative in Nigeria I express the deep appreciation of UNICEF to the UK Government for this long term commitment and funding for girls access to primary school in northern Nigeria Together there remains much work to be done to ensure that girls transition to and complete secondary education This is important not only for the economic prosperity and wellbeing of the girl and her family but to stem the high population growth expected in Nigeria We see FCDO and the government of Nigeria as steadfast partners in this complex endeavour added Munduate In addition to surpassing its target enrollment figures GEP3 s innovations policies and best practices are contributing to improvements in Nigeria s educational sector GEP3 has also built the capacity of Head teachers and teachers in the management of schools as well as delivery of effective learning for girls GEP3 s unconditional cash transfer programme supported over 23 500 girls and reduced the level of poverty in the household enabling families to send girls to school and enhanced the ability of women to generate additional domestic income Furthermore community based structures like Mothers Association School Based Management Committees and the High level Women Advocates have been established as enduring platforms for community mobilization mentorship and policy advocacy on girls education The programme was also instrumental in strengthening non formal Qur anic schools through the integration of foundational literacy and numeracy To improve learning levels the programme delivered an early literacy and numeracy intervention the Reading And Numeracy Activity RANA RANA was designed to improve literacy and numeracy instruction in grades 1 3 in over 3 800 public schools and Integrated Qur anic schools RANA developed Hausa language teaching and learning materials built teacher capacity mobilized communities and engaged local governments to improve early grade reading policies Overall the GEP 3 programme trained over 67 000 primary school teachers including those teaching in Integrated Qur anic schools to improve their skills and ability to deliver quality education The GEP 3 has been one of the UK s largest bilateral Girls Education programmes globally We have seen good progress in improving access for girls and moving towards gender parity but with an increasing population Nigeria s out of school children figures remain high for girls and boys We now need to ensure that we build on the successful interventions of GEP 3 supporting them to be scaled up and sustained to ensure they are catalysts for change in the wider sector said Catriona Laing British High Commissioner to Nigeria
    Nigeria, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s girls’ education programme sends an additional 1.5 million girls to school in northern Nigeria
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    Nigeria, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s girls’ education programme sends an additional 1.5 million girls to school in northern Nigeria

    In response to the low levels of participation of girls in schooling, the Federal Ministry of Education, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK, and UNICEF implemented the Girls’ Education Programme Phase 3 (GEP3) across six northern Nigerian states of Katsina, Kano, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and Bauchi between 2012 and 2022. 

     At the national closing ceremony of GEP3 held in Abuja on 24 November 2022, the partners reported that the programme’s investment of $109 million yielded positive results in enrolling an additional 1.5 million girls into school, far exceeding the project’s target. 

    The attendance rate of girls in primary schools in the six states improved from 43% to 70%, while gender parity improved from 0.73 to 0.97. 

    GEP3 worked to improve the quality of education for all children and helped girls gain better access to education and economic opportunities, breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage. 

    “In our commitment to drastically reduce the number of Out of School Children, Nigeria appreciates the scaling of evidence-based solution in tackling  this menace as provided through the GEP3.

    As we continue on this path, we would leverage on the success of GEP3 to plan better, budget better, and make better decisions in putting more Girl- Child in school,” said Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

    “GEP3 has not only been successful in getting more girls into formal and non-formal schools, but it has also improved learning outcomes.

    GEP3 has raised the profile of educated girls, created new positive social norms in many communities and enabled a transformational shift in mindsets about the importance of girls' education.

    It is critical that we advocate scaling of the approach in all states,” said Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria. 

    “I express the deep appreciation of UNICEF to the UK Government for this long-term commitment and funding for girls’ access to primary school in northern Nigeria.

    Together there remains much work to be done, to ensure that girls transition  to, and complete secondary education.

    This is important not only for the economic prosperity and wellbeing of the girl and her family, but to stem the high population growth expected in Nigeria.

    We see FCDO and the government of Nigeria as steadfast partners in this complex endeavour,” added Munduate.

    In addition to surpassing its target enrollment figures, GEP3’s innovations, policies and best practices are contributing to improvements in Nigeria’s educational sector.

    GEP3 has also built the capacity of Head teachers and teachers in the management of schools as well as delivery of effective learning for girls.

    GEP3’s unconditional cash transfer programme supported over 23,500 girls and reduced the level of poverty in the household, enabling families to send girls to school and  enhanced the ability of women to generate additional domestic income. 

    Furthermore, community-based structures like Mothers’ Association, School Based Management Committees, and the High-level Women Advocates have been established as enduring platforms for community mobilization, mentorship and policy advocacy on girls’ education.

    The programme was also instrumental in strengthening non-formal Qur’anic schools through the integration of foundational literacy and numeracy.

    To improve learning levels, the programme delivered an early literacy and numeracy intervention, the Reading And Numeracy Activity (RANA).

    RANA was designed to improve literacy and numeracy instruction in grades 1-3 in over 3,800 public schools and Integrated Qur’anic schools.

    RANA developed Hausa-language teaching and learning materials, built teacher capacity, mobilized communities and engaged local governments to improve early-grade reading policies. 

    Overall, the GEP 3 programme trained over 67,000 primary school teachers, including those teaching in Integrated Qur’anic schools to improve their skills and ability to deliver quality education.

    “The GEP 3 has been one of the UK’s largest bilateral Girls’ Education programmes globally.

    We have seen good progress in improving access for girls and moving towards gender parity but with an increasing population, Nigeria’s out of school children figures remain high, for girls and boys.

    We now need to ensure that we build on the successful interventions of GEP 3, supporting them to be scaled-up and sustained to ensure they are catalysts for change in the wider sector,” said Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner to Nigeria.

  •   This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade that was left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers standing near him were severely injured UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continued loss of civilian lives especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks The three brothers were grazing their sheep in the suburbs of Tajoura northwestern Libya when they found the grenade The youngest aged six tried to collect it causing an explosion and his tragic death His two brothers nine and 12 were severely injured with one boy losing his hand No matter where they are used explosive ordnance endangers civilians for many decades to come and in particular children said Michele Servadei Unicef Representative for Libya We call upon all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and to put in place measures to protect civilians in particular children At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents related to explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith Chief of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya s UNSMIL Mine Action Programme Although this is a decrease compared to the 65 casualties in 2021 it is still too many The risk to life of unexploded ordnance is real and the challenge of clearing Libyan territory and raising awareness on the dangers remains UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness on the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance UNICEF and UNMAS also call on the government of Libya and the donor community to invest more resources to scale up mine action activities According to the Humanitarian Response Plan currently 505 486 people are at risk of mines UXOs and ERWs
    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Concerned by the Continued Loss of Civilian Lives due to Unexploded Ordnance in Populated Areas
      This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade that was left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers standing near him were severely injured UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continued loss of civilian lives especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks The three brothers were grazing their sheep in the suburbs of Tajoura northwestern Libya when they found the grenade The youngest aged six tried to collect it causing an explosion and his tragic death His two brothers nine and 12 were severely injured with one boy losing his hand No matter where they are used explosive ordnance endangers civilians for many decades to come and in particular children said Michele Servadei Unicef Representative for Libya We call upon all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and to put in place measures to protect civilians in particular children At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents related to explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith Chief of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya s UNSMIL Mine Action Programme Although this is a decrease compared to the 65 casualties in 2021 it is still too many The risk to life of unexploded ordnance is real and the challenge of clearing Libyan territory and raising awareness on the dangers remains UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness on the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance UNICEF and UNMAS also call on the government of Libya and the donor community to invest more resources to scale up mine action activities According to the Humanitarian Response Plan currently 505 486 people are at risk of mines UXOs and ERWs
    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Concerned by the Continued Loss of Civilian Lives due to Unexploded Ordnance in Populated Areas
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    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Concerned by the Continued Loss of Civilian Lives due to Unexploded Ordnance in Populated Areas

    This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade that was left behind by the warring parties in the conflict.

    His two brothers, standing near him, were severely injured.

    UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continued loss of civilian lives, especially children, from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks.

    The three brothers were grazing their sheep in the suburbs of Tajoura, northwestern Libya, when they found the grenade.

    The youngest, aged six, tried to collect it, causing an explosion and his tragic death.

    His two brothers, nine and 12, were severely injured, with one boy losing his hand.

    “No matter where they are used, explosive ordnance endangers civilians for many decades to come and, in particular children,” said Michele Servadei, Unicef Representative for Libya.

    “We call upon all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and to put in place measures to protect civilians, in particular children”.

    “At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents related to explosive remnants of war,” said Justin Smith, Chief of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya’s (UNSMIL) Mine Action Programme.

    “Although this is a decrease compared to the 65 casualties in 2021, it is still too many.

     The risk to life of unexploded ordnance is real, and the challenge of clearing Libyan territory and raising awareness on the dangers remains.”UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners  to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people  to raise awareness on the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance.

    UNICEF and UNMAS also call on the government of Libya and the donor community to invest more resources to scale-up mine action activities. 

    According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, currently 505,486 people are at risk of mines, UXOs and ERWs.

  •   The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
      The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
    Foreign7 days ago

    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya

    - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya, urging Libyans to be aware of the danger.

    "This week, another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict. His two brothers, who were close to him, were seriously injured," the UN agencies said in a statement. .

    "UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life, especially children, from explosive remnants of war, and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks," the statement said.

    UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance, the statement added.

    “We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians, particularly children,” said Michele Servadei, UNICEF representative in Libya.

    "At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war," said Justin Smith, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Mine Action Programme.

    According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, 505,486 people are currently at risk from mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, the statement said.

    In April 2019, a violent war between the eastern-based army and the former UN-backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli, lasting for more than a year, killing and injuring many civilians. and causing great destruction in the city.

    Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
      The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
    Foreign7 days ago

    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya

    - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya, urging Libyans to be aware of the danger.

    "This week, another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict. His two brothers, who were close to him, were seriously injured," the UN agencies said in a statement. .

    "UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life, especially children, from explosive remnants of war, and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks," the statement said.

    UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance, the statement added.

    “We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians, particularly children,” said Michele Servadei, UNICEF representative in Libya.

    "At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war," said Justin Smith, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Mine Action Programme.

    According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, 505,486 people are currently at risk from mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, the statement said.

    In April 2019, a violent war between the eastern-based army and the former UN-backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli, lasting for more than a year, killing and injuring many civilians. and causing great destruction in the city.

    Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso presented awards to journalists who participated in raising awareness on trafficking in persons End Child Mirage Sexual Exploitation and Abuse as the Commemoration of World Children s Day 2022 Beneficiaries of the awards included Banana Hata Hata from Ultimate FM Sibongile Kolobe from Lesotho Television and Mosa Maoeng from Informative Newspaper Speaking at the event organised by the World Vision International Lesotho Her Majesty said it is pleasing to be part of this historic commemoration of Children s Day under the theme Equality and Inclusion for every Child She said this occasion will go a long way in strengthening the means of implementation for local and global partnerships for the Development of Sustainable Goals SDGs She commended various stakeholders for their collaboration and achieving a common goal thus combating child mirage traffic in persons abuse and raising awareness on child protection and justice for children She noted that the collaboration between the Ministry of Social Development UNICEF IOM World Vision Lesotho MISA Lesotho and various media houses will bear good fruits in the long run Also Speaking the Minister of Gender Youth Sports Arts Culture and Social Development Mr Pitso Lesaoana thanked Her Majesty as the National Champion of the Vulnerable Children for her commitment to supporting the initiatives aimed at promoting and protecting children s rights Mr Lesaoana expressed gratitude to UNICEF IOM World Vision Lesotho and MISA Lesotho together with the Ministry of Gender Youth Sports Arts Culture and Social Development for the technical and financial support to this First Media Awards in commemoration of the World Children s Day He said the Government of Lesotho is committed to protecting the children and all the vulnerable groups against all forms of abuse saying media play a pivotal role in advocacy and education as it would not have been possible to do it alone without engaging them in sensitization of the nation He therefore stressed that it is for the mentioned initiatives that the children s voice and that of the vulnerable people will be heard and consequently influence the decision made by all stakeholders that work for children s issues The Minister however noted that there is more to be done singling out the passing of the Children s Protection and Welfare Act Amendment Bill of 2021 which declares illegal Child Marriages among others He therefore committed himself to expediting the passing of that Bill He said this day under the theme Equality and Inclusion For Every Child stressing that no child shall be left behind in decision making citing either a child with a disability exploited abused and trafficked be in need of care and protection or any form of vulnerability He therefore said child participation and mainstreaming child protection in all the programmes have to be the core mandate On the same token World Vision National Director Mr James Nkeba Chifelwe thanked the companies that made the event a success and they include Vodacom Lesotho Foundation T Y Four Square Blue Mountain Inn Aloes Guest House and Alliance Insurance Company He noted that the role played by Her Majesty as the World Vision Lesotho Champion to support initiatives aimed at the prevention protection and mitigation of violence against children in Lesotho is highly appreciated He said World Vision Lesotho is a member of the World Vision International and Christian Relief Development and Advocacy dedicated to working with children families and their communities to overcome poverty as well as injustice
    Lesotho Commemorates World Children’s Day
      Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso presented awards to journalists who participated in raising awareness on trafficking in persons End Child Mirage Sexual Exploitation and Abuse as the Commemoration of World Children s Day 2022 Beneficiaries of the awards included Banana Hata Hata from Ultimate FM Sibongile Kolobe from Lesotho Television and Mosa Maoeng from Informative Newspaper Speaking at the event organised by the World Vision International Lesotho Her Majesty said it is pleasing to be part of this historic commemoration of Children s Day under the theme Equality and Inclusion for every Child She said this occasion will go a long way in strengthening the means of implementation for local and global partnerships for the Development of Sustainable Goals SDGs She commended various stakeholders for their collaboration and achieving a common goal thus combating child mirage traffic in persons abuse and raising awareness on child protection and justice for children She noted that the collaboration between the Ministry of Social Development UNICEF IOM World Vision Lesotho MISA Lesotho and various media houses will bear good fruits in the long run Also Speaking the Minister of Gender Youth Sports Arts Culture and Social Development Mr Pitso Lesaoana thanked Her Majesty as the National Champion of the Vulnerable Children for her commitment to supporting the initiatives aimed at promoting and protecting children s rights Mr Lesaoana expressed gratitude to UNICEF IOM World Vision Lesotho and MISA Lesotho together with the Ministry of Gender Youth Sports Arts Culture and Social Development for the technical and financial support to this First Media Awards in commemoration of the World Children s Day He said the Government of Lesotho is committed to protecting the children and all the vulnerable groups against all forms of abuse saying media play a pivotal role in advocacy and education as it would not have been possible to do it alone without engaging them in sensitization of the nation He therefore stressed that it is for the mentioned initiatives that the children s voice and that of the vulnerable people will be heard and consequently influence the decision made by all stakeholders that work for children s issues The Minister however noted that there is more to be done singling out the passing of the Children s Protection and Welfare Act Amendment Bill of 2021 which declares illegal Child Marriages among others He therefore committed himself to expediting the passing of that Bill He said this day under the theme Equality and Inclusion For Every Child stressing that no child shall be left behind in decision making citing either a child with a disability exploited abused and trafficked be in need of care and protection or any form of vulnerability He therefore said child participation and mainstreaming child protection in all the programmes have to be the core mandate On the same token World Vision National Director Mr James Nkeba Chifelwe thanked the companies that made the event a success and they include Vodacom Lesotho Foundation T Y Four Square Blue Mountain Inn Aloes Guest House and Alliance Insurance Company He noted that the role played by Her Majesty as the World Vision Lesotho Champion to support initiatives aimed at the prevention protection and mitigation of violence against children in Lesotho is highly appreciated He said World Vision Lesotho is a member of the World Vision International and Christian Relief Development and Advocacy dedicated to working with children families and their communities to overcome poverty as well as injustice
    Lesotho Commemorates World Children’s Day
    Africa1 week ago

    Lesotho Commemorates World Children’s Day

    Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso presented awards to journalists who participated in raising awareness on trafficking in persons, End Child Mirage, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse as the Commemoration of World Children’s Day 2022.

    Beneficiaries of the awards included Banana Hata-Hata from Ultimate FM, Sibongile Kolobe from Lesotho Television, and Mosa Maoeng from Informative Newspaper.

    Speaking at the event organised by the World Vision International Lesotho, Her Majesty said it is pleasing to be part of this historic commemoration of Children’s Day under the theme ‘Equality and Inclusion for every Child’.

    She said this occasion will go a long way in strengthening the means of implementation for local and global partnerships for the Development of Sustainable Goals (SDGs).

    She commended various stakeholders for their collaboration and achieving a common goal thus combating child mirage, traffic in persons, abuse and raising awareness on child protection and justice for children.

    She noted that the collaboration between the Ministry of Social Development, UNICEF, IOM, World Vision Lesotho, MISA-Lesotho and various media houses will bear good fruits in the long run.

    Also Speaking, the Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports, Arts, Culture and Social Development, Mr. Pitso Lesaoana thanked Her Majesty as the National Champion of the Vulnerable Children for her commitment to supporting the initiatives aimed at promoting and protecting children’s rights.

    Mr. Lesaoana expressed gratitude to UNICEF, IOM, World Vision Lesotho, and MISA-Lesotho together with the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports, Arts, Culture and Social Development for the technical and financial support to this First Media Awards in commemoration of the World Children’s Day.He said the Government of Lesotho is committed to protecting the children and all the vulnerable groups against all forms of abuse, saying media play a pivotal role in advocacy and education as it would not have been possible to do it alone without engaging them in sensitization of the nation.

    He, therefore, stressed that it is for the mentioned initiatives that the children’s voice and that of the vulnerable people will be heard and consequently influence the decision made by all stakeholders that work for children’s issues.

    The Minister, however, noted that there is more to be done, singling out the passing of the Children’s Protection and Welfare Act Amendment Bill of 2021, which declares illegal Child Marriages among others.

    He, therefore, committed himself to expediting the passing of that Bill.He said this day under the theme ‘Equality and Inclusion For Every Child’, stressing that no child shall be left behind in decision making, citing either a child with a disability, exploited, abused and trafficked, be in need of care and protection or any form of vulnerability.

    He, therefore, said child participation and mainstreaming child protection in all the programmes have to be the core mandate.

    On the same token, World Vision National Director, Mr. James Nkeba Chifelwe thanked the companies that made the event a success and they include; Vodacom Lesotho Foundation, T.

    Y Four Square, Blue Mountain Inn, Aloes Guest House and Alliance Insurance Company.

    He noted that the role played by Her Majesty as the World Vision Lesotho Champion to support initiatives aimed at the prevention, protection, and mitigation of violence against children in Lesotho is highly appreciated.

    He said World Vision Lesotho is a member of the World Vision International and Christian Relief Development and Advocacy dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities to overcome poverty as well as injustice.

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