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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left New York for Abuja after a successful conclusion of an eventful outing at 77th session high level meetings of the UN General Assembly The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events including bilateral meetings The Nigerian President who arrived New York on Sept 18 attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Monday Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria s statement Still on Transforming Education Summit the President spoke to the thematic session four digital transformation of Education where he pledged inclusive digital learning for students in Nigeria On Tuesday the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande Others were the Chief of Staff the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq On Wednesday Buhari was the first speaker to deliver Nigeria s statement to the world leaders assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to Constitutional term In his farewell reflection he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders On Thursday Buhari reiterated Nigeria s strong commitment to energy transition Plan to address climate change at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres On Friday the Nigerian leader inaugurated the Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development NIFF and attended a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development He also attended an event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind Same on Friday Buhari held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin where he discussed the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military to address insecurity in the country Wrapping up his engagement on Saturday he held a town hall meeting with Nigerians residing in New York where he commended Nigerians living in the U S for the exemplary roles in their different fields of endeavour NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high level events such as Africa s New Public Health Order Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda and High Level Meeting on Multilateralism In addition the delegation attended UN High Level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistics The delegation made up of 15 ministers seven governors and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs also attended other events Similarly the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari organised a side event under the auspices of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM with the theme The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings At the event Aisha Buhari the President of AFLPM advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent The General Debates which started on Tuesday Sept 20 with the theme Watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges is expected to end on Tuesday Sept 27 No fewer than 150 leaders attended the gathering which is the first fully in person session since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 Nigeria has been a member of the UN since 1961 and has been participating in various General Assembly activities since then The UN General Assembly is the most representative and most visible organ of the United Nations where all the 193 member states have equal representation The Assembly is also one of the six principal organs of the UN the main deliberative and policy making organ of the United Nations Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN appoint the non permanent members to the Security Council and appoint the Secretary General of the UN It also receives reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of Resolutions as well as establish numerous subsidiary organs nanenws NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs New York after eventful last outing
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left New York for Abuja after a successful conclusion of an eventful outing at 77th session high level meetings of the UN General Assembly The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events including bilateral meetings The Nigerian President who arrived New York on Sept 18 attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Monday Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria s statement Still on Transforming Education Summit the President spoke to the thematic session four digital transformation of Education where he pledged inclusive digital learning for students in Nigeria On Tuesday the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande Others were the Chief of Staff the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq On Wednesday Buhari was the first speaker to deliver Nigeria s statement to the world leaders assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to Constitutional term In his farewell reflection he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders On Thursday Buhari reiterated Nigeria s strong commitment to energy transition Plan to address climate change at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres On Friday the Nigerian leader inaugurated the Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development NIFF and attended a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development He also attended an event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind Same on Friday Buhari held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin where he discussed the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military to address insecurity in the country Wrapping up his engagement on Saturday he held a town hall meeting with Nigerians residing in New York where he commended Nigerians living in the U S for the exemplary roles in their different fields of endeavour NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high level events such as Africa s New Public Health Order Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda and High Level Meeting on Multilateralism In addition the delegation attended UN High Level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistics The delegation made up of 15 ministers seven governors and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs also attended other events Similarly the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari organised a side event under the auspices of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM with the theme The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings At the event Aisha Buhari the President of AFLPM advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent The General Debates which started on Tuesday Sept 20 with the theme Watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges is expected to end on Tuesday Sept 27 No fewer than 150 leaders attended the gathering which is the first fully in person session since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 Nigeria has been a member of the UN since 1961 and has been participating in various General Assembly activities since then The UN General Assembly is the most representative and most visible organ of the United Nations where all the 193 member states have equal representation The Assembly is also one of the six principal organs of the UN the main deliberative and policy making organ of the United Nations Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN appoint the non permanent members to the Security Council and appoint the Secretary General of the UN It also receives reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of Resolutions as well as establish numerous subsidiary organs nanenws NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs New York after eventful last outing
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    UNGA77: Buhari departs New York after eventful last outing

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left New York for Abuja, after a successful conclusion of an eventful outing at 77th session high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events, including bilateral meetings.

    The Nigerian President who arrived New York on Sept. 18 attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Monday, Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria’s statement.

    Still on Transforming Education Summit, the President spoke to the thematic session four: digital transformation of Education where he pledged inclusive digital learning for students in Nigeria.

    On Tuesday, the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.

    Others were the Chief of Staff the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq.

    On Wednesday, Buhari was the first speaker to deliver Nigeria’s statement to the world leaders, assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to Constitutional term.

    In his farewell reflection, he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders.

    On Thursday, Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s strong commitment to energy transition Plan to address climate change at a Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

    On Friday, the Nigerian leader inaugurated the Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development (NIFF), and attended a High-Level side event on ”Food Security Response: Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development’ He also attended an event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, entitled ”Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind.

    ” Same on Friday, Buhari held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheal Martin, where he discussed the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military to address insecurity in the country.

    Wrapping up his engagement on Saturday, he held a town hall meeting with Nigerians residing in New York, where he commended Nigerians living in the U.

    S. for the exemplary roles in their different fields of endeavour.

    NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high-level events such as Africa’s New Public Health Order: Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda and High Level Meeting on Multilateralism.

    In addition, the delegation attended UN High-Level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistics.

    The delegation, made up of 15 ministers, seven governors and some heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), also attended other events.

    Similarly, the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari,  organised a side event under the auspices of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission (AFLPM) with the theme “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    At the event, Aisha Buhari, the President of AFLPM, advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.

    The General Debates, which started on Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the theme: “Watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,’’ is expected to end on Tuesday, Sept. 27. No fewer than 150 leaders attended the gathering, which is the first fully in-person session since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Nigeria has been a member of the UN since 1961 and has been participating in various General Assembly activities since then.

    The UN General Assembly is the most representative and most visible organ of the United Nations where all the 193-member states have equal representation.

    The Assembly is also one of the six principal organs of the UN, the main deliberative and policy-making organ of the United Nations.

    Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council and appoint the Secretary-General of the UN.

    It also receives reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of Resolutions, as well as establish numerous subsidiary organs.

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  •  The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
     The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation

    The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision-making at all levels.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    Mrs Buhari, the President of AFLPM, led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi, Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies.

    The First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire, Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder, Ms Nadage Afoutou.

    In her remarks, Afoutou, representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel.

    The representative said that her organisation, United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace.

    “We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear.

    Our theory of change is that educated girls, trained and financial independent women have information and power.

    “This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience,’’ she said.

    She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment; the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women’s political participation.

    In her remarks, Ms Stefania Gianini, Assistant Director-General for Education (Education sector) at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act.

    Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women’s inclusion in peace-making in Africa.

    “It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single, unified coalition.

    “Be assured of UNESCO’s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture, as it’s about what we are.

    “It’s about what we are, Education, as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership, as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership,’’ she said According to her, UNESCO culture of peace and non-violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030, particularly SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063, in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security (SDS).

    NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building.

    It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations, humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, post conflict peace building and governance.

    The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda, set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently, YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable, comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs, experiences and aspirations of young women and men.


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  •  First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
     First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools

    First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.

    Buhari made the call at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    The first lady, the President of AFLPM, who spoke virtually, said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa.

    “I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of “peace education” as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in May, 2022. “I am happy to report that the initiative was well received,’’ she said.

    The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender, peace and security education for all schools, as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325. She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS, and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre-eminent position of women and girls in peace-building, peace-making and peace-keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York. “We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world.

    “Therefore, it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice, and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process.

    ’’ According to her, as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace, the challenge is even greater for our 12 year-old institution to rise and insist that women’s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels.

    “It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls, although we form more than half of the world’s population.

    “In conflict situations, we are pre-disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms.

    “Already, there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to limited access to healthcare, welfare services, economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa,.

    “In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility, our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality.

    “Besides death, injury and displacement, conflict destroys infrastructure, undermines  social ties, and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate.

    “Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa – from the Sahel, to the Oceans,’’ the first lady said.

    Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills-set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored.

    She said accepting and integrating the unique experience, capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts.

    “To achieve this and other goals, the social, cultural and political barriers that limit women’s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo.

    “Happily, follow-up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for “measures and standards” with which to monitor the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security mandates”, among others,’’ the First Lady said.

    The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and his wife.

    The wife of the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Mrs Florence Egopija, wife of Edo  governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, wife of Plateau governor, Mrs Regina Lalong, among others, attended the event.

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  •   Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens News analysis Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens By Cecilia Ologunagba News Agency of Nigeria The 77th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA has opened with excitement as the UN Headquarters in New York is now a beehive of activity after three years of virtual gathering Due to the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic the UN had adopted virtual and hybrid means since 2020 for its General Assembly to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease However delegates from 193 member states of the UN are expected to attend the session in person this year which will run from Sept 13 through Sept 27 Similarly Heads of State and Governments ministers and delegates from the member states are expected to deliver statements in person at the High Level Week of the gathering from Sept 20 to 27 As precautionary measures against the spread of COVID 19 the side events have been reduced to less than 20 within the UN headquarters while delegates are encouraged to hold their events outside the premises According to a revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver Nigeria s statement on Sept 21 Buhari will be the first speaker on that day to address world leaders The Nigerian leader will deliver his address around 9am around 2pm Nigerian time to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries will also speak at the session Buhari will be speaking in tandem with the theme of UNGA 77 A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges highlighting some measures taken to address the impact of climate change He is also expected to inform the global community on the efforts the Nigerian Government has made towards reviving the shrinking of Lake Chad and the drying up of many rivers as well as rising sea levels In addition he will highlight some measures taken by the Nigerian Government from mitigation to resilience and will reaffirm the country s commitment to building a climate resilient economy that will align with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs objectives Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande the Head of Chancery at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Benjamin Olafaju to deliver his statement to the world leaders Speaking on the level of preparedness to participate Olafaju said that the Mission was ready to participate at the global debate attend the High Level meeting and host Nigerian delegation According to him President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation with some ministers state governors and heads of agencies to the debate We are prepared to receive the Nigerian delegation and give the best support to Nigeria s participation in all the side line events which are five mandated events from the UN He said Nigeria would cover all areas of interest from food security education insecurity and climate change among others The official listed the five mandated events as the General Debate High Level Summit on Education High level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Annual Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Movement Also High level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities He said that with the relaxation of COVID 19 protocols UNGA 77 is going to be the reflection of the previous ones before the outbreak where debates and meeting were done in person The last in person UNGA we had was in 2019 so we are expecting a sizeable delegation from Nigeria with UN reverting to the old tradition of attending in person It is going be a unique UNGA for Nigeria because this is the last General Assembly that President Buhari and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs will attend They are going to put in their best to ensure Nigeria s outing is successful and impactful the official said Similarly he confirmed that Nigeria s First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari will be attending an event organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Speaking on the event Mr Suleiman Haruna Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria said Mrs Buhari would be speaking as President of AFLPM on Sept 22 Haruna said Mrs Buhari was elected President of AFLPM in November 2021 during the 9th Assembly of the Mission in Abuja Early this year she presented her mandate before the African Union and to members on the margins of AU Summit at Malabo Equatorial Guinea the director said Haruna further said that Aisha Buhari would speak at the event on peacebuilding and conflict prevention It is anticipated that 25 years from its inception the High Level Side event on the margins of the 77th Session will provide a platform to share experiences It is also expected that it will proffer solutions that will lead to unified call for action among members he said Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to arrive in New York to finalise arrangement to prepare the President for his last outing The expectation is that the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission in New York will put in their best to ensure that Buhari and Nigeria records an outing that will be of immense benefit to not only the government and people of Nigeria but for the business community in the country NANFeatures If published please credit the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens  
      Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens News analysis Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens By Cecilia Ologunagba News Agency of Nigeria The 77th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA has opened with excitement as the UN Headquarters in New York is now a beehive of activity after three years of virtual gathering Due to the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic the UN had adopted virtual and hybrid means since 2020 for its General Assembly to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease However delegates from 193 member states of the UN are expected to attend the session in person this year which will run from Sept 13 through Sept 27 Similarly Heads of State and Governments ministers and delegates from the member states are expected to deliver statements in person at the High Level Week of the gathering from Sept 20 to 27 As precautionary measures against the spread of COVID 19 the side events have been reduced to less than 20 within the UN headquarters while delegates are encouraged to hold their events outside the premises According to a revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver Nigeria s statement on Sept 21 Buhari will be the first speaker on that day to address world leaders The Nigerian leader will deliver his address around 9am around 2pm Nigerian time to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries will also speak at the session Buhari will be speaking in tandem with the theme of UNGA 77 A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges highlighting some measures taken to address the impact of climate change He is also expected to inform the global community on the efforts the Nigerian Government has made towards reviving the shrinking of Lake Chad and the drying up of many rivers as well as rising sea levels In addition he will highlight some measures taken by the Nigerian Government from mitigation to resilience and will reaffirm the country s commitment to building a climate resilient economy that will align with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs objectives Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande the Head of Chancery at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Benjamin Olafaju to deliver his statement to the world leaders Speaking on the level of preparedness to participate Olafaju said that the Mission was ready to participate at the global debate attend the High Level meeting and host Nigerian delegation According to him President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation with some ministers state governors and heads of agencies to the debate We are prepared to receive the Nigerian delegation and give the best support to Nigeria s participation in all the side line events which are five mandated events from the UN He said Nigeria would cover all areas of interest from food security education insecurity and climate change among others The official listed the five mandated events as the General Debate High Level Summit on Education High level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Annual Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Movement Also High level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities He said that with the relaxation of COVID 19 protocols UNGA 77 is going to be the reflection of the previous ones before the outbreak where debates and meeting were done in person The last in person UNGA we had was in 2019 so we are expecting a sizeable delegation from Nigeria with UN reverting to the old tradition of attending in person It is going be a unique UNGA for Nigeria because this is the last General Assembly that President Buhari and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs will attend They are going to put in their best to ensure Nigeria s outing is successful and impactful the official said Similarly he confirmed that Nigeria s First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari will be attending an event organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Speaking on the event Mr Suleiman Haruna Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria said Mrs Buhari would be speaking as President of AFLPM on Sept 22 Haruna said Mrs Buhari was elected President of AFLPM in November 2021 during the 9th Assembly of the Mission in Abuja Early this year she presented her mandate before the African Union and to members on the margins of AU Summit at Malabo Equatorial Guinea the director said Haruna further said that Aisha Buhari would speak at the event on peacebuilding and conflict prevention It is anticipated that 25 years from its inception the High Level Side event on the margins of the 77th Session will provide a platform to share experiences It is also expected that it will proffer solutions that will lead to unified call for action among members he said Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to arrive in New York to finalise arrangement to prepare the President for his last outing The expectation is that the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission in New York will put in their best to ensure that Buhari and Nigeria records an outing that will be of immense benefit to not only the government and people of Nigeria but for the business community in the country NANFeatures If published please credit the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens   News analysis: Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens By Cecilia Ologunagba, News Agency of Nigeria The 77th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has opened with excitement as the UN Headquarters in New York is now a beehive of activity after three years of virtual gathering.

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UN had adopted virtual, and hybrid means since 2020 for its General Assembly to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease.

    However, delegates from 193 member states of the UN are expected to attend the session in person, this year which will run from Sept. 13 through Sept. 27. Similarly, Heads of State and Governments, ministers, and delegates from the member states are expected to deliver statements in person at the High-Level Week of the gathering from Sept. 20 to 27. As precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the side events have been reduced to less than 20 within the UN headquarters, while delegates are encouraged to hold their events outside the premises.

    According to a revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s  statement on Sept. 21. Buhari will be the first speaker on that day to address world leaders.

    The Nigerian leader will deliver his address around 9am (around 2pm Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries will also speak at the session.

    Buhari will be speaking in tandem with the theme of UNGA 77, “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”, highlighting some measures taken to address the impact of climate change.

    He is also expected to inform the global community on the efforts the Nigerian Government has made towards reviving the shrinking of Lake Chad and the drying up of many rivers as well as rising sea levels.

    In addition, he will highlight some measures taken by the Nigerian Government, from mitigation to resilience and will reaffirm the country’s commitment to building a climate resilient economy that will align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) objectives.

    Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande; the Head of Chancery at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the UN, Mr Benjamin Olafaju to deliver his statement to the world leaders.

    Speaking on the level of preparedness to participate, Olafaju said that the Mission was ready to participate at the global debate, attend the High-Level meeting and host Nigerian delegation.

    According to him, President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation with some ministers, state governors, and heads of agencies to the debate.

    “We are prepared to receive the Nigerian delegation and give the best support to Nigeria’s participation in all the side-line events, which are five mandated events from the UN.

    He said Nigeria would cover all areas of interest from food security, education, insecurity, and climate change, among others.

    The official listed the five mandated events as the General Debate; High Level Summit on Education; High-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Movement Also, High-level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

    He said that with the relaxation of COVID-19 protocols, UNGA 77 is going to be the reflection of the previous ones before the outbreak, where debates and meeting were done in person.

    “The last in person UNGA we had was in 2019 so we are expecting a sizeable delegation from Nigeria with UN reverting to the old tradition of attending in person.

    “It is going be a unique UNGA for Nigeria because this is the last General Assembly that President Buhari and some heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will attend.

    “They are going to put in their best to ensure Nigeria’s outing is successful and impactful,’’ the official said.

    Similarly, he confirmed that Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari will be attending an event organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    Speaking on the event, Mr Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria, said Mrs Buhari would be speaking as President of AFLPM on Sept. 22. Haruna said Mrs Buhari was elected President of AFLPM in November 2021 during the 9th Assembly of the Mission in Abuja.

    “Early this year, she presented her mandate before the African Union and to members on the margins of AU Summit at Malabo Equatorial Guinea,”’ the director said.

    Haruna further said that Aisha Buhari would speak at the event on peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

    “It is anticipated that 25 years from its inception, the High-Level Side event on the margins of the 77th Session will provide a platform to share experiences.

    “It is also expected that it will proffer solutions that will lead to unified call for action among members,’’ he said.

    Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to arrive in New York to finalise arrangement to prepare the President for his last outing.

    The expectation is that the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission in New York will put in their best to ensure that Buhari, and Nigeria records an outing that will be of immense benefit to not only the government and people of Nigeria but for the business community in the country.

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  •   Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com First Ladies Initiative MFFLI Summit 2022 was hosted virtually by Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both Executive Board of E Merck KG amp Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Campaign More than 20 African First Ladies who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother are members of Merck Foundation First Ladies initiative MFFLI the annual platform established by Merck Foundation to discuss their joint programs and activities and long term partnership with African First Ladies in their countries Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted the 4th edition of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative MFFLI Summit 2022 held via a Videoconference on 18th May 2022 The Summit was hosted by Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both Executive Board of E Merck KG amp Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation amp President of More Than a Mother Campaign First Ladies of 11 African countries actively participated by keynote speech containing impact report about their joint programs and long term partnership with Merck Foundation through MFFLI the prestigious platform established by Merck Foundation to discuss different programs and initiatives with their members of more than 20 African First Ladies who are also Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More than a Mother During this year MFFLI Summit 2022 11 African First Ladies participated in alphabetical order with their keynote speeches reports and call for action H E Mrs NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady of Republic of Botswana H E Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE The First Lady of Republic of Burundi H E Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central African Republic H E Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW The First Lady of Republic of The Gambia H E Mrs CLAR MARIE WEAH The First Lady of Republic of Liberia H E Mrs MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of Republic of Malawi H E Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK The First Lady of Republic of Niger H E Dr Mrs AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI The First Lady of Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria H E Mrs FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of Republic of Sierra Leone H E Dr Mrs AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp emphasized The effects of the COVID 19 pandemic highlighted the importance of focusing on building and advancing healthcare capacity especially training medical staff at all levels nationwide to be our first defense line Merck Foundation has always believed in investing in building professional healthcare capacity we will continue to do so to realize our vision Everyone in the world should lead a happy and fulfilling life Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation expressed I am very pleased to host the 4th edition of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Virtual Summit it is a great opportunity to interact with my dear sisters the African First Ladies I value our partnership and I am proud of each one of them for the continuous support and efforts they have put to implement our programs to build healthcare capacity and advocating for a wide range of social and health issues like Supporting Girl Education Ending Child Marriage Stooping GBV Breaking Infertility Stigma women empowerment Diabetes Awareness among other social and health issues affecting our beloved Africa I am proud to share that till today Merck Foundation has provided more than 1300 scholarships of one year diploma amp fellowships and two year master degree for healthcare providers from 45 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties such as diabetes endocrinology oncology reproductive and sexual care respiratory care acute and critical care cardiovascular pediatric emergency gastroenterology psychiatry urology dermatology neonatal care fertility care and embryology and more Many of them are becoming the first specialists in their countries such as in Liberia Niger Chad The Gambia Burundi Malawi Sierra Leone Zambia Zimbabwe Central African Republic Botswana Namibia Mauritius Guinea Ethiopia Congo Nepal Bangladesh and more We are certainly making history together added Senator Rasha Kelej The MFFLI VC Summit 2022 aimed to share experiences discuss challenges define solutions to further strengthen healthcare capacity The African First Ladies shared their experiences of working closely with Merck Foundation in their respective countries with a special focus on the programs to build healthcare capacity and raise awareness on sensitive social and health issues H E Mrs NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady of Republic of Botswana and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I am very happy to see that Merck Foundation is strongly committed to advancing healthcare in public sector across Africa I strongly believe this will be a strong contribution to our social and economic development Together we have provided more than 30 scholarships to local Doctors in Botswana in different underserved and critical specialties such as Diabetes Endocrinology Dermatology Gastroenterology Oncology Respiratory Medicines Acute Medicines and Sexual and Reproductive Medicines Moreover I am very happy to share that Merck Foundation has provided 20 Sewing Machines to individuals and groups across Botswana to be able to generate monthly income We also launched together with Merck Foundation a Poster Contest to Stop GBV initiative to contribute to our efforts to end GBV Gender based Violence in Botswana H E Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE The First Lady of Republic of Burundi and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother emphasized I am very happy to join my dear sisters at the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit this year We have a long term partnership with Merck Foundation through which 47 scholarships have been provided to local doctors who will be the future healthcare experts of Burundi This is a very high number in a very short time I am proud of them this is a historic transformation of patient care in Burundi which we will continue year after year together with Merck Foundation and our Ministries of Health Education Communication and Gender It is a very successful multisectoral approach Furthermore we have established the first public IVF center in Burundi which is a great milestone to support infertile women and couples in their homeland for the first time in Burundi Last but not least 20 girls have been provided scholarships to continue their education on an annual basis H E Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central African Republic and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother stated I am extremely happy with Merck Foundation s strong values that focus on advancing the healthcare capacity in my country 5 scholarships have been provided by Merck Foundation so far out of these 1 female doctor has completed the Oncology Fellowship program to be the first Gynaecology oncologist in CAR who will be of great help for better women healthcare in my country This is a huge achievement and we have made history here More than 60 women victims of infertility stigma have been supported by Merck Foundation through Empowering Berna They are now empowered and respected by the communities this makes me very proud Also we are in the process to provide school items and scholarship grants for girls to continue their education and reach their potential H E Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I feel honoured to be a member of this prestigious platform along with my dear sisters Our valuable partnership with Merck Foundation started in 2020 and in a very short time we have made considerable progress Around 30 scholarships have been provided to our doctors so far in the fields of Oncology Fertility Embryology and Diabetes Through our partnership with Merck Foundation we are looking forward to benefiting more of our doctors and nurses across the country to be able to provide better care to our patients H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW The First Lady of Republic of The Gambia and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother emphasized The Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit is indeed a coveted platform that gives us an opportunity to exchange ideas to advance our outreach programs Our long term partnership with Merck Foundation has helped re shape the public healthcare sector in my country So far we have provided more than 30 scholarships to young Gambian doctors in many critical and underserved specialties Out of which 18 scholarships have been provided for Fertility Training and one year Post Graduate Diploma and two year master degree in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine This has contributed significantly to transforming women s health in general and reproductive and fertility care specifically In fact we are making history by providing training to first specialists in many fields such as Oncology Respiratory Fertility Embryology Reproductive Care Diabetes Endocrinology Neonatal Care and more H E Mrs CLAR MARIE WEAH The First Lady of Republic of Liberia and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother stated I am very excited to be a member of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative and to be part of this Annual Summit as every year Through Merck Foundation programs that focus on strengthening healthcare capacity so far we have provided 36 scholarships to our doctors in many critical and underserved specialties such as Diabetes Cardiovascular Preventive endocrinology Sexual and Reproductive care Endocrinology Respiratory care and Acute amp Intensive care Oncology and Fertility Specialists and Embryology Training We have made history by providing specialty training for the first Fertility Embryologists Oncologists and Diabetes Specialists in the country I am very proud of this achievement I would like to thank Merck Foundation for providing Sanitary Napkin Production Machine and raw materials for Liberia under the Hygiene Management of School Girls and Merck Foundation s Educating Linda program We will now be able to provide thousands of good quality Sanitary pads to our schoolgirls ensuring good menstrual hygiene for them so they can continue their education and stop dropping from school H E Mrs MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of Republic of Malawi and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I am very happy to meet you all virtually at the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit 2022 I have been working closely with Merck Foundation since 2020 to define the right strategy to build professional healthcare capacity empower infertile women and support girl education in Malawi which is very close to my heart So far we have provided more than 21 scholarships to our Malawian doctors in many critical medical specialties We have made history together with Merck Foundation by providing training to the country s first Fertility specialists under the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother program Through our long term partnership we are looking forward to benefiting more of our doctors and nurses across the country to be able to provide better care to our patients and our communities Moreover 13 women from Malawi have benefitted through Merck Foundation s Empowering Berna initiative Through the Foundation s Educating Linda program 40 best performing girls have benefited from an education grant to continue their education from the secondary school until graduation This is a huge milestone to empower our young girls Other than this Merck Foundation has helped us provide 3000 sets of essential school items to school students especially girls H E Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK The First Lady of Republic of Niger and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother expressed This is the first time to join and become a member of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit I am very happy to hear all my dear sisters talk about their success stories and the impact of Merck Foundation s programs in their countries So far more than 25 scholarships have been provided to young doctors of Niger in the fields of Oncology Fertility amp Embryology and Diabetes Care Additionally 3 000 sets of essential school items have been provided to our school girls to help them with their education I am looking forward to an important and long term partnership with Merck Foundation to capitalize on their valuable programs by scaling them up nationwide to contribute to the social and economic development of Niger H E Dr Mrs AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI The First Lady of Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother and President of African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM emphasized I deeply value our partnership with Merck Foundation who has led the way to build healthcare capacity and provide specialty training to our local doctors so that they can provide the quality healthcare in Nigeria since 2015 I recently met my dear sister Senator Rasha Kelej at Merck Foundation office to discuss the progress of our ongoing programs and the new initiatives I am proud that we have been able to provide 32 scholarships to young Nigerian doctors in several critical and underserved specialties including Fertility amp Embryology Diabetes Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Endocrinology Sexual amp Reproductive Medicine Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Microbiology amp infectious diseases All these fields are very critical to our country and will definitely help us strengthen our public healthcare sector moreover providing scholarship grants to school girls to continue their education and reach their potential which is very close to my heart H E Mrs FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of Republic of Sierra Leone and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother stated I am very happy with Merck Foundation s efforts to build healthcare capacity and address health challenges in my country I have been associated with Merck Foundation since 2018 and in a short span of time we have been able to transform the public healthcare sector in my country in various underserved and critical specialties Till today more than 40 scholarships have been provided to our doctors in the fields of Oncology Embryology amp Fertility Sexual and Reproductive Health Medicine Diabetes Endocrinology Orthopaedics Clinical Microbiology amp Infectious Diseases Clinical Psychiatry Dermatology Gastroenterology Internal Medicine Neonatal Medicine Paediatric Emergency Medicine Cardiovascular Medicine Respiratory Medicine and Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine We are making history along with Merck Foundation by providing training for the First Oncologists in the country with the aim to establish the first skilled cancer care team that can improve access to quality and equitable cancer care in the country I am looking forward to work closely with Merck Foundation in order to further advance the healthcare capacity in my country H E Dr AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I would like to acknowledge the valuable partnership my country shares with Merck Foundation over the years we have been working together to advance healthcare capacity in Zimbabwe I am very pleased that we have been able to provide more than 85 scholarships to young Doctors from the country in various critical and under served specialties We have certainly been able to re shape the landscape of the public healthcare sector in my country I am looking forward to all the exciting initiatives we have in the pipeline with Merck Foundation to transform the lives of people every day with a special focus on media training different awards children storybooks girl education childless women empowerment and breaking the Infertility stigma
    Merck Foundation And 11 African First Ladies Online Summit 2022 Call for Healthcare Capacity Building, Breaking the Infertility Stigma, Ending Child Marriage and Supporting Girl Education in Africa and Beyond
      Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com First Ladies Initiative MFFLI Summit 2022 was hosted virtually by Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both Executive Board of E Merck KG amp Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Campaign More than 20 African First Ladies who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother are members of Merck Foundation First Ladies initiative MFFLI the annual platform established by Merck Foundation to discuss their joint programs and activities and long term partnership with African First Ladies in their countries Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted the 4th edition of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative MFFLI Summit 2022 held via a Videoconference on 18th May 2022 The Summit was hosted by Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both Executive Board of E Merck KG amp Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation amp President of More Than a Mother Campaign First Ladies of 11 African countries actively participated by keynote speech containing impact report about their joint programs and long term partnership with Merck Foundation through MFFLI the prestigious platform established by Merck Foundation to discuss different programs and initiatives with their members of more than 20 African First Ladies who are also Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More than a Mother During this year MFFLI Summit 2022 11 African First Ladies participated in alphabetical order with their keynote speeches reports and call for action H E Mrs NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady of Republic of Botswana H E Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE The First Lady of Republic of Burundi H E Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central African Republic H E Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW The First Lady of Republic of The Gambia H E Mrs CLAR MARIE WEAH The First Lady of Republic of Liberia H E Mrs MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of Republic of Malawi H E Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK The First Lady of Republic of Niger H E Dr Mrs AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI The First Lady of Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria H E Mrs FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of Republic of Sierra Leone H E Dr Mrs AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp emphasized The effects of the COVID 19 pandemic highlighted the importance of focusing on building and advancing healthcare capacity especially training medical staff at all levels nationwide to be our first defense line Merck Foundation has always believed in investing in building professional healthcare capacity we will continue to do so to realize our vision Everyone in the world should lead a happy and fulfilling life Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation expressed I am very pleased to host the 4th edition of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Virtual Summit it is a great opportunity to interact with my dear sisters the African First Ladies I value our partnership and I am proud of each one of them for the continuous support and efforts they have put to implement our programs to build healthcare capacity and advocating for a wide range of social and health issues like Supporting Girl Education Ending Child Marriage Stooping GBV Breaking Infertility Stigma women empowerment Diabetes Awareness among other social and health issues affecting our beloved Africa I am proud to share that till today Merck Foundation has provided more than 1300 scholarships of one year diploma amp fellowships and two year master degree for healthcare providers from 45 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties such as diabetes endocrinology oncology reproductive and sexual care respiratory care acute and critical care cardiovascular pediatric emergency gastroenterology psychiatry urology dermatology neonatal care fertility care and embryology and more Many of them are becoming the first specialists in their countries such as in Liberia Niger Chad The Gambia Burundi Malawi Sierra Leone Zambia Zimbabwe Central African Republic Botswana Namibia Mauritius Guinea Ethiopia Congo Nepal Bangladesh and more We are certainly making history together added Senator Rasha Kelej The MFFLI VC Summit 2022 aimed to share experiences discuss challenges define solutions to further strengthen healthcare capacity The African First Ladies shared their experiences of working closely with Merck Foundation in their respective countries with a special focus on the programs to build healthcare capacity and raise awareness on sensitive social and health issues H E Mrs NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady of Republic of Botswana and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I am very happy to see that Merck Foundation is strongly committed to advancing healthcare in public sector across Africa I strongly believe this will be a strong contribution to our social and economic development Together we have provided more than 30 scholarships to local Doctors in Botswana in different underserved and critical specialties such as Diabetes Endocrinology Dermatology Gastroenterology Oncology Respiratory Medicines Acute Medicines and Sexual and Reproductive Medicines Moreover I am very happy to share that Merck Foundation has provided 20 Sewing Machines to individuals and groups across Botswana to be able to generate monthly income We also launched together with Merck Foundation a Poster Contest to Stop GBV initiative to contribute to our efforts to end GBV Gender based Violence in Botswana H E Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE The First Lady of Republic of Burundi and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother emphasized I am very happy to join my dear sisters at the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit this year We have a long term partnership with Merck Foundation through which 47 scholarships have been provided to local doctors who will be the future healthcare experts of Burundi This is a very high number in a very short time I am proud of them this is a historic transformation of patient care in Burundi which we will continue year after year together with Merck Foundation and our Ministries of Health Education Communication and Gender It is a very successful multisectoral approach Furthermore we have established the first public IVF center in Burundi which is a great milestone to support infertile women and couples in their homeland for the first time in Burundi Last but not least 20 girls have been provided scholarships to continue their education on an annual basis H E Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central African Republic and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother stated I am extremely happy with Merck Foundation s strong values that focus on advancing the healthcare capacity in my country 5 scholarships have been provided by Merck Foundation so far out of these 1 female doctor has completed the Oncology Fellowship program to be the first Gynaecology oncologist in CAR who will be of great help for better women healthcare in my country This is a huge achievement and we have made history here More than 60 women victims of infertility stigma have been supported by Merck Foundation through Empowering Berna They are now empowered and respected by the communities this makes me very proud Also we are in the process to provide school items and scholarship grants for girls to continue their education and reach their potential H E Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I feel honoured to be a member of this prestigious platform along with my dear sisters Our valuable partnership with Merck Foundation started in 2020 and in a very short time we have made considerable progress Around 30 scholarships have been provided to our doctors so far in the fields of Oncology Fertility Embryology and Diabetes Through our partnership with Merck Foundation we are looking forward to benefiting more of our doctors and nurses across the country to be able to provide better care to our patients H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW The First Lady of Republic of The Gambia and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother emphasized The Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit is indeed a coveted platform that gives us an opportunity to exchange ideas to advance our outreach programs Our long term partnership with Merck Foundation has helped re shape the public healthcare sector in my country So far we have provided more than 30 scholarships to young Gambian doctors in many critical and underserved specialties Out of which 18 scholarships have been provided for Fertility Training and one year Post Graduate Diploma and two year master degree in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine This has contributed significantly to transforming women s health in general and reproductive and fertility care specifically In fact we are making history by providing training to first specialists in many fields such as Oncology Respiratory Fertility Embryology Reproductive Care Diabetes Endocrinology Neonatal Care and more H E Mrs CLAR MARIE WEAH The First Lady of Republic of Liberia and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother stated I am very excited to be a member of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative and to be part of this Annual Summit as every year Through Merck Foundation programs that focus on strengthening healthcare capacity so far we have provided 36 scholarships to our doctors in many critical and underserved specialties such as Diabetes Cardiovascular Preventive endocrinology Sexual and Reproductive care Endocrinology Respiratory care and Acute amp Intensive care Oncology and Fertility Specialists and Embryology Training We have made history by providing specialty training for the first Fertility Embryologists Oncologists and Diabetes Specialists in the country I am very proud of this achievement I would like to thank Merck Foundation for providing Sanitary Napkin Production Machine and raw materials for Liberia under the Hygiene Management of School Girls and Merck Foundation s Educating Linda program We will now be able to provide thousands of good quality Sanitary pads to our schoolgirls ensuring good menstrual hygiene for them so they can continue their education and stop dropping from school H E Mrs MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of Republic of Malawi and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I am very happy to meet you all virtually at the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit 2022 I have been working closely with Merck Foundation since 2020 to define the right strategy to build professional healthcare capacity empower infertile women and support girl education in Malawi which is very close to my heart So far we have provided more than 21 scholarships to our Malawian doctors in many critical medical specialties We have made history together with Merck Foundation by providing training to the country s first Fertility specialists under the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother program Through our long term partnership we are looking forward to benefiting more of our doctors and nurses across the country to be able to provide better care to our patients and our communities Moreover 13 women from Malawi have benefitted through Merck Foundation s Empowering Berna initiative Through the Foundation s Educating Linda program 40 best performing girls have benefited from an education grant to continue their education from the secondary school until graduation This is a huge milestone to empower our young girls Other than this Merck Foundation has helped us provide 3000 sets of essential school items to school students especially girls H E Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK The First Lady of Republic of Niger and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother expressed This is the first time to join and become a member of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit I am very happy to hear all my dear sisters talk about their success stories and the impact of Merck Foundation s programs in their countries So far more than 25 scholarships have been provided to young doctors of Niger in the fields of Oncology Fertility amp Embryology and Diabetes Care Additionally 3 000 sets of essential school items have been provided to our school girls to help them with their education I am looking forward to an important and long term partnership with Merck Foundation to capitalize on their valuable programs by scaling them up nationwide to contribute to the social and economic development of Niger H E Dr Mrs AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI The First Lady of Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother and President of African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM emphasized I deeply value our partnership with Merck Foundation who has led the way to build healthcare capacity and provide specialty training to our local doctors so that they can provide the quality healthcare in Nigeria since 2015 I recently met my dear sister Senator Rasha Kelej at Merck Foundation office to discuss the progress of our ongoing programs and the new initiatives I am proud that we have been able to provide 32 scholarships to young Nigerian doctors in several critical and underserved specialties including Fertility amp Embryology Diabetes Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Endocrinology Sexual amp Reproductive Medicine Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Microbiology amp infectious diseases All these fields are very critical to our country and will definitely help us strengthen our public healthcare sector moreover providing scholarship grants to school girls to continue their education and reach their potential which is very close to my heart H E Mrs FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of Republic of Sierra Leone and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother stated I am very happy with Merck Foundation s efforts to build healthcare capacity and address health challenges in my country I have been associated with Merck Foundation since 2018 and in a short span of time we have been able to transform the public healthcare sector in my country in various underserved and critical specialties Till today more than 40 scholarships have been provided to our doctors in the fields of Oncology Embryology amp Fertility Sexual and Reproductive Health Medicine Diabetes Endocrinology Orthopaedics Clinical Microbiology amp Infectious Diseases Clinical Psychiatry Dermatology Gastroenterology Internal Medicine Neonatal Medicine Paediatric Emergency Medicine Cardiovascular Medicine Respiratory Medicine and Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine We are making history along with Merck Foundation by providing training for the First Oncologists in the country with the aim to establish the first skilled cancer care team that can improve access to quality and equitable cancer care in the country I am looking forward to work closely with Merck Foundation in order to further advance the healthcare capacity in my country H E Dr AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said I would like to acknowledge the valuable partnership my country shares with Merck Foundation over the years we have been working together to advance healthcare capacity in Zimbabwe I am very pleased that we have been able to provide more than 85 scholarships to young Doctors from the country in various critical and under served specialties We have certainly been able to re shape the landscape of the public healthcare sector in my country I am looking forward to all the exciting initiatives we have in the pipeline with Merck Foundation to transform the lives of people every day with a special focus on media training different awards children storybooks girl education childless women empowerment and breaking the Infertility stigma
    Merck Foundation And 11 African First Ladies Online Summit 2022 Call for Healthcare Capacity Building, Breaking the Infertility Stigma, Ending Child Marriage and Supporting Girl Education in Africa and Beyond
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    Merck Foundation And 11 African First Ladies Online Summit 2022 Call for Healthcare Capacity Building, Breaking the Infertility Stigma, Ending Child Marriage and Supporting Girl Education in Africa and Beyond

    Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com) First Ladies Initiative- MFFLI  Summit 2022 was hosted virtually by Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of both Executive Board of E.Merck KG & Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” Campaign; More than 20 African First Ladies, who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother”, are members of  Merck Foundation First Ladies initiative   - MFFLI, the annual platform established by Merck Foundation to discuss their joint programs and activities and long term partnership with African First Ladies in their countries.

    Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted the 4th edition of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative- MFFLI -  Summit 2022, held via a Videoconference, on 18th May 2022. The Summit was hosted by Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of both Executive Board of E.Merck KG & Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation & President of “More Than a Mother” Campaign.

    First Ladies of 11 African countries actively participated by keynote speech containing impact report about their joint programs and long-term partnership with Merck Foundation through MFFLI, the prestigious platform established by Merck Foundation to discuss different programs and initiatives with their members of more than 20 African First Ladies, who are also Ambassadors of Merck Foundation “More than a Mother”.

    During this year, MFFLI Summit 2022, 11 African First Ladies participated in alphabetical order with their keynote speeches, reports and call for action;

    H.E. Mrs. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Republic of Botswana H.E. Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, The First Lady of Republic of Burundi H.E. Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic H.E. Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo H. E. Mrs. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of Republic of The Gambia H. E. Mrs. CLAR MARIE WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia H.E. Mrs. MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of Republic of Malawi H.E. Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Republic of Niger H.E. Dr. Mrs. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI, The First Lady of Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria H.E. Mrs. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Republic of Sierra Leone H.E. Dr. Mrs. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe

    Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp emphasized, “The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of focusing on building and advancing healthcare capacity, especially training medical staff at all levels nationwide to be our first defense line. Merck Foundation has always believed in investing in building professional healthcare capacity, we will continue to do so to realize our vision - "Everyone in the world should lead a happy and fulfilling life”.

    Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation expressed, “I am very pleased to host the 4th edition of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Virtual Summit, it is a great opportunity to interact with my dear sisters, the African First Ladies. I value our partnership and I am proud of each one of them for the continuous support and efforts they have put to implement our programs to build healthcare capacity and advocating for a wide range of social and health issues like Supporting Girl Education, Ending Child Marriage, Stooping GBV, Breaking Infertility Stigma, women empowerment, Diabetes Awareness, among other social and health issues affecting our beloved Africa”.

    “I am proud to share that till today, Merck Foundation has provided more than 1300 scholarships of one-year diploma & fellowships and two-year master degree for healthcare providers from 45 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties such as diabetes, endocrinology, oncology, reproductive and sexual care, respiratory care, acute and critical care, cardiovascular, pediatric emergency, gastroenterology, psychiatry, urology, dermatology, neonatal care, fertility care and embryology and more. Many of them are becoming the first specialists in their countries, such as in Liberia, Niger, Chad, The Gambia, Burundi, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Guinea, Ethiopia, Congo, Nepal, Bangladesh and more. We are certainly making history together”, added Senator Rasha Kelej.

    The MFFLI VC Summit 2022 aimed to share experiences, discuss challenges, define solutions to further strengthen healthcare capacity. The African First Ladies shared their experiences of working closely with Merck Foundation in their respective countries with a special focus on the programs to build healthcare capacity and raise awareness on sensitive social and health issues.

    H.E. Mrs. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Republic of Botswana and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” said, “I am very happy to see that Merck Foundation is strongly committed to advancing healthcare in public sector across Africa, I strongly believe this will be a strong contribution to our social and economic development. Together we have provided more than 30 scholarships to local Doctors in Botswana in different underserved and critical specialties such as: Diabetes, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Respiratory Medicines, Acute Medicines and Sexual and Reproductive Medicines. Moreover, I am very happy to share that Merck Foundation has provided 20 Sewing Machines to individuals and groups across Botswana to be able to generate monthly income. We also launched together with Merck Foundation, a Poster Contest to ‘Stop GBV’ initiative to contribute to our efforts to end GBV (Gender-based Violence) in Botswana.”

    H.E. Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, The First Lady of Republic of Burundi and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” emphasized, “I am very happy to join my dear sisters at the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit this year. We have a long-term partnership with Merck Foundation through which 47 scholarships have been provided to local doctors who will be the future healthcare experts of Burundi. This is a very high number in a very short time, I am proud of them, this is a historic transformation of patient care in Burundi which we will continue year after year together with Merck Foundation and our Ministries of Health, Education, Communication and Gender. It is a very successful multisectoral approach. Furthermore, we have established the first public IVF center in Burundi which is a great milestone to support infertile women and couples in their homeland for the first time in Burundi. Last but not least; 20 girls have been provided scholarships to continue their education on an annual basis.”

    H.E. Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” stated, “I am extremely happy with Merck Foundation’s strong values that focus on advancing the healthcare capacity in my country. 5 scholarships have been provided by Merck Foundation so far, out of these, 1 female doctor has completed the Oncology Fellowship program to be the first Gynaecology oncologist in CAR, who will be of great help for better women healthcare in my country. This is a huge achievement and we have made history here. More than 60 women, victims of infertility stigma have been supported by Merck Foundation through Empowering Berna. They are now empowered and respected by the communities- this makes me very proud. Also, we are in the process to provide school items and scholarship grants for girls to continue their education, and reach their potential ”.

    H.E. Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” said, “I feel honoured to be a member of this prestigious platform along with my dear sisters. Our valuable partnership with Merck Foundation started in 2020 and in a very short time we have made considerable progress. Around 30 scholarships have been provided to our doctors so far in the fields of Oncology, Fertility, Embryology, and Diabetes. Through our partnership with Merck Foundation, we are looking forward to benefiting more of our doctors and nurses across the country, to be able to provide better care to our patients.”

    H. E. Mrs. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of Republic of The Gambia and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” emphasized, “The Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit is indeed a coveted platform that gives us an opportunity to exchange ideas to advance our outreach programs. Our long-term partnership with Merck Foundation has helped re-shape the public healthcare sector in my country. So far, we have provided more than 30 scholarships to young Gambian doctors in many critical and underserved specialties. Out of which, 18 scholarships have been provided for Fertility Training and one year Post Graduate Diploma and two-year master degree in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine. This has contributed significantly to transforming women's health in general and reproductive and fertility care specifically. In fact, we are making history by providing training to first specialists in many fields such as, Oncology, Respiratory, Fertility, Embryology, Reproductive Care, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Neonatal Care and more”.

    H. E. Mrs. CLAR MARIE WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” stated, “I am very excited to be a member of ‘Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative’ and to be part of this Annual Summit as every year. Through Merck Foundation programs that focus on strengthening healthcare capacity, so far, we have provided 36 scholarships to our doctors in many critical and underserved specialties such as: Diabetes, Cardiovascular Preventive, endocrinology, Sexual and Reproductive care, Endocrinology, Respiratory care and Acute & Intensive care, Oncology and Fertility Specialists and Embryology Training. We have made history by providing specialty training for the first Fertility, Embryologists, Oncologists and Diabetes Specialists in the country. I am very proud of this achievement. I would like to thank Merck Foundation for providing Sanitary Napkin Production Machine and raw materials for Liberia under the ‘Hygiene Management of School Girls’ and Merck Foundation’s ‘Educating Linda’ program. We will now be able to provide thousands of good quality Sanitary pads to our schoolgirls, ensuring good menstrual hygiene for them so they can continue their education and stop dropping from school.”

    H.E. Mrs. MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of Republic of Malawi and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” said, “I am very happy to meet you all virtually at the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit 2022. I have been working closely with Merck Foundation since 2020 to define the right strategy to build professional healthcare capacity, empower infertile women and support girl education in Malawi which is very close to my heart. So far, we have provided more than 21 scholarships to our Malawian doctors in many critical medical specialties. We have made history together with Merck Foundation by providing training to the country’s first Fertility specialists under the Merck Foundation ‘More Than a Mother’ program. Through our long-term partnership, we are looking forward to benefiting more of our doctors and nurses across the country, to be able to provide better care to our patients and our communities. Moreover, 13 women from Malawi have benefitted through Merck Foundation’s ‘Empowering Berna’ initiative. Through the Foundation’s ‘Educating Linda’ program; 40 best performing girls have benefited from an education grant to continue their education from the secondary school until graduation. This is a huge milestone to empower our young girls. Other than this, Merck Foundation has helped us provide 3000 sets of essential school items to school students, especially girls.”

    H.E. Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Republic of Niger and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” expressed, “This is the first time to join and become a member of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit; I am very happy to hear all my dear sisters talk about their success stories and the impact of Merck Foundation’s programs in their countries. So far, more than 25 scholarships have been provided to young doctors of Niger in the fields of Oncology, Fertility & Embryology and Diabetes Care. Additionally, 3,000 sets of essential school items have been provided to our school girls to help them with their education. I am looking forward to an important and long-term partnership with Merck Foundation to capitalize on their valuable programs by scaling them up nationwide to contribute to the social and economic development of Niger.”

    H.E. Dr. Mrs. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI, The First Lady of Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” and President of African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) emphasized, “I deeply value our partnership with Merck Foundation who has led the way to build healthcare capacity and provide specialty training to our local doctors so that they can provide the quality healthcare in Nigeria since 2015 . I recently met my dear sister Senator Rasha Kelej at Merck Foundation office to discuss the progress of our ongoing programs and the new initiatives. I am proud that we have been able to provide 32 scholarships to young Nigerian doctors in several critical and underserved specialties including Fertility & Embryology, Diabetes, Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Endocrinology, Sexual & Reproductive Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Microbiology & infectious diseases. All these fields are very critical to our country and will definitely help us strengthen our public healthcare sector, moreover providing scholarship grants to school girls to continue their education and reach their potential which is very close to my heart.”

    H.E. Mrs. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Republic of Sierra Leone and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” stated, “I am very happy with Merck Foundation’s efforts to build healthcare capacity and address health challenges in my country. I have been associated with Merck Foundation since 2018 and in a short span of time, we have been able to transform the public healthcare sector in my country in various underserved and critical specialties. Till today more than 40 scholarships have been provided to our doctors in the fields of Oncology, Embryology & Fertility, Sexual and Reproductive Health Medicine, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Orthopaedics, Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Clinical Psychiatry, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neonatal Medicine, Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine. We are making history along with Merck Foundation by providing training for the First Oncologists in the country with the aim to establish the first skilled cancer care team that can improve access to quality and equitable cancer care in the country. I am looking forward to work closely with Merck Foundation in order to further advance the healthcare capacity in my country.”

    H.E. Dr. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” said, “I would like to acknowledge the valuable partnership my country shares with Merck Foundation over the years we have been working together to advance healthcare capacity in Zimbabwe. I am very pleased that we have been able to provide more than 85 scholarships to young Doctors from the country in various critical and under-served specialties. We have certainly been able to re-shape the landscape of the public healthcare sector in my country. I am looking forward to all the exciting initiatives we have in the pipeline with Merck Foundation to transform the lives of people every day with a special focus on media training, different awards, children storybooks, girl education, childless women empowerment and breaking the Infertility stigma.”

  •   Ms Aisha Buhari President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM and First Lady of Nigeria has called for global action to address the negative impact of climate change on women and children in Africa He made this appeal in a statement made available to the Nigerian News Agency on Monday in Abuja Media and Advertising Assistant Mr Aliyu Abdullahi According to the statement it is regrettable that women and children are on the receiving end of the negative impact of climate change in Africa The Nigerian President s wife expressed the need for stakeholders especially development partners to mobilize resources to find durable solutions to problems associated with the devastating impact of climate change on women and children The impact of climate change has not only affected development but also women and children who are always on the receiving end of any type of crisis he said The first lady also told the meeting that her foundation the Aisha Buhari Foundation had over the past six years provided support to victims of insurgency and other natural disasters mostly women and children in Nigeria reports that Ms Buhari spoke when she joined other African First Ladies at the 3rd Turkey Africa Partnership Summit held in Istanbul Turkey The event was organized by the first lady Ms Emine Erdogan to interact with her African counterpart to provide ways to address the negative impact of climate change on women and children on the continent Since then the first lady has returned to Abuja Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari urges action against impact of climate change on women, children
      Ms Aisha Buhari President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM and First Lady of Nigeria has called for global action to address the negative impact of climate change on women and children in Africa He made this appeal in a statement made available to the Nigerian News Agency on Monday in Abuja Media and Advertising Assistant Mr Aliyu Abdullahi According to the statement it is regrettable that women and children are on the receiving end of the negative impact of climate change in Africa The Nigerian President s wife expressed the need for stakeholders especially development partners to mobilize resources to find durable solutions to problems associated with the devastating impact of climate change on women and children The impact of climate change has not only affected development but also women and children who are always on the receiving end of any type of crisis he said The first lady also told the meeting that her foundation the Aisha Buhari Foundation had over the past six years provided support to victims of insurgency and other natural disasters mostly women and children in Nigeria reports that Ms Buhari spoke when she joined other African First Ladies at the 3rd Turkey Africa Partnership Summit held in Istanbul Turkey The event was organized by the first lady Ms Emine Erdogan to interact with her African counterpart to provide ways to address the negative impact of climate change on women and children on the continent Since then the first lady has returned to Abuja Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari urges action against impact of climate change on women, children
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    Aisha Buhari urges action against impact of climate change on women, children

    Ms. Aisha Buhari, President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) and First Lady of Nigeria, has called for global action to address the negative impact of climate change on women and children in Africa.

    He made this appeal in a statement made available to the Nigerian News Agency on Monday in Abuja Media and Advertising Assistant Mr. Aliyu Abdullahi.

    According to the statement, it is regrettable that women and children are on the receiving end of the negative impact of climate change in Africa.

    The Nigerian President's wife expressed the need for stakeholders, especially development partners, to mobilize resources to find durable solutions to problems associated with the devastating impact of climate change on women and children.

    "The impact of climate change has not only affected development, but also women and children who are always on the receiving end of any type of crisis," he said.

    The first lady also told the meeting that her foundation, the "Aisha Buhari Foundation," had over the past six years provided support to victims of insurgency and other natural disasters, mostly women and children in Nigeria.

    reports that Ms. Buhari spoke when she joined other African First Ladies at the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey.

    The event was organized by the first lady, Ms Emine Erdogan, to interact with her African counterpart to provide ways to address the negative impact of climate change on women and children on the continent.

    Since then, the first lady has returned to Abuja.

    Source: NAN

  •   The wife of the President of Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio has reaffirmed her commitment to the campaign against rape and early marriage of girls to stop the abuse of the girl child Ms Maada Bio currently in Nigeria for the 9th African First Ladies Peace Mission Summit AFLPM made this known while briefing journalists ahead of Monday s meeting in Abuja She expressed her commitment to fighting for the rights of the girl child as a cause that she had championed even before becoming First Lady of Sierra Leone According to her the speed at which girls have become sexual predators and most of the time they have taken advantage of their selfish gains raises great concern for the achievement of a quality education It just happens that when you become First Lady you have a platform and then you create your own platform and that had been the Hands of Our Girls Campaign A campaign to find a way to stop the abuse of our girl It is a campaign that focuses on rape on ending early marriages which I think is legalizing the way of raping girls Because if you force a child at the age of 11 12 13 even up to 17 years old to marry that is abuse It is just an African tradition to legalize rape When I started the campaign I started with seven other First Ladies who came and have returned They have put their own projects and we have all put our project in Hands of Our Girls they have changed the name and we have continued to campaign against the same He stressed the need to end rape and early marriage of girls in order to promote the education of girls across the African continent She added that while other First Ladies could not be compelled to champion the cause the problems bordering on the abuse of girls were an African problem Unless we start to accept that the issue is a big problem in Africa we will not be able to tackle it and that has been my campaign from day one In becoming First Lady I refused to focus on the normal things that other First Ladies do campaigning on HIV AIDS which are campaigns that have been in existence for over 20 years Which God has known for how many years and I don t think that is the problem in our country The problem in our country is rape and early marriage That s why I chose to do that and focus on that it has allowed girls to know their rights and has empowered her to say no Knowing when to say it is not the right thing to do has enlightened our men to know that there is a time not to touch a girl she said The First Lady said such a drastic measure had helped mark the departure from the previous practice system and put the rapist on reserve in the country She said Before when you were raped you got away with it today they take you to court if they find you guilty they imprison you for 15 years The justice system has changed so that we have a special court this is the first time this has happened We now have a special court that deals with rape problems So it accelerated that it has allowed the government to see things differently and focus on the girls agenda We have the president who sits as chairman of the committee that deals with that he has also helped various institutions to campaign on the issue before I became First Lady However it revealed that the campaign against rape and early marriage had become holistic and that the coalition of doctors security personnel and traditional rulers had been fighting to end such abuses The Nigerian News Agency reports that the AFLPM Ninth Summit aims to promote peace and conflict resolution in Africa Source NAN
    Sierra Leonean President’s wife reaffirms commitment to campaign against rape
      The wife of the President of Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio has reaffirmed her commitment to the campaign against rape and early marriage of girls to stop the abuse of the girl child Ms Maada Bio currently in Nigeria for the 9th African First Ladies Peace Mission Summit AFLPM made this known while briefing journalists ahead of Monday s meeting in Abuja She expressed her commitment to fighting for the rights of the girl child as a cause that she had championed even before becoming First Lady of Sierra Leone According to her the speed at which girls have become sexual predators and most of the time they have taken advantage of their selfish gains raises great concern for the achievement of a quality education It just happens that when you become First Lady you have a platform and then you create your own platform and that had been the Hands of Our Girls Campaign A campaign to find a way to stop the abuse of our girl It is a campaign that focuses on rape on ending early marriages which I think is legalizing the way of raping girls Because if you force a child at the age of 11 12 13 even up to 17 years old to marry that is abuse It is just an African tradition to legalize rape When I started the campaign I started with seven other First Ladies who came and have returned They have put their own projects and we have all put our project in Hands of Our Girls they have changed the name and we have continued to campaign against the same He stressed the need to end rape and early marriage of girls in order to promote the education of girls across the African continent She added that while other First Ladies could not be compelled to champion the cause the problems bordering on the abuse of girls were an African problem Unless we start to accept that the issue is a big problem in Africa we will not be able to tackle it and that has been my campaign from day one In becoming First Lady I refused to focus on the normal things that other First Ladies do campaigning on HIV AIDS which are campaigns that have been in existence for over 20 years Which God has known for how many years and I don t think that is the problem in our country The problem in our country is rape and early marriage That s why I chose to do that and focus on that it has allowed girls to know their rights and has empowered her to say no Knowing when to say it is not the right thing to do has enlightened our men to know that there is a time not to touch a girl she said The First Lady said such a drastic measure had helped mark the departure from the previous practice system and put the rapist on reserve in the country She said Before when you were raped you got away with it today they take you to court if they find you guilty they imprison you for 15 years The justice system has changed so that we have a special court this is the first time this has happened We now have a special court that deals with rape problems So it accelerated that it has allowed the government to see things differently and focus on the girls agenda We have the president who sits as chairman of the committee that deals with that he has also helped various institutions to campaign on the issue before I became First Lady However it revealed that the campaign against rape and early marriage had become holistic and that the coalition of doctors security personnel and traditional rulers had been fighting to end such abuses The Nigerian News Agency reports that the AFLPM Ninth Summit aims to promote peace and conflict resolution in Africa Source NAN
    Sierra Leonean President’s wife reaffirms commitment to campaign against rape
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    Sierra Leonean President’s wife reaffirms commitment to campaign against rape

    The wife of the President of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada-Bio, has reaffirmed her commitment to the campaign against rape and early marriage of girls, to stop the abuse of the girl child.

    Ms Maada-Bio, currently in Nigeria for the 9th African First Ladies Peace Mission Summit (AFLPM), made this known while briefing journalists ahead of Monday's meeting in Abuja.

    She expressed her commitment to fighting for the rights of the girl child as a cause that she had championed, even before becoming First Lady of Sierra Leone.

    According to her, the speed at which girls have become sexual predators and most of the time they have taken advantage of their selfish gains raises great concern for the achievement of a quality education.

    “It just happens that when you become First Lady you have a platform and then you create your own platform and that had been the Hands of Our Girls Campaign.

    “A campaign to find a way to stop the abuse of our girl; It is a campaign that focuses on rape, on ending early marriages, which I think is legalizing the way of raping girls.

    “Because, if you force a child at the age of 11, 12, 13, even up to 17 years old to marry, that is abuse.

    “It is just an African tradition to legalize rape; When I started the campaign, I started with seven other First Ladies, who came and have returned.

    “They have put their own projects and we have all put our project in Hands of Our Girls; they have changed the name and we have continued to campaign against the same ”.

    He stressed the need to end rape and early marriage of girls in order to promote the education of girls across the African continent.

    She added that while other First Ladies could not be compelled to champion the cause, the problems bordering on the abuse of girls were an African problem.

    “Unless we start to accept that the issue is a big problem in Africa, we will not be able to tackle it and that has been my campaign from day one.

    “In becoming First Lady, I refused to focus on the normal things that other First Ladies do, campaigning on HIV / AIDS, which are campaigns that have been in existence for over 20 years.

    "Which God has known for how many years and I don't think that is the problem in our country. The problem in our country is rape and early marriage.

    “That's why I chose to do that and focus on that; it has allowed girls to know their rights and has empowered her to say no.

    "Knowing when to say it is not the right thing to do has enlightened our men to know that there is a time not to touch a girl." she said.

    The First Lady said such a drastic measure had helped mark the departure from the previous practice system and put the rapist on reserve in the country.

    She said: “Before, when you were raped you got away with it, today they take you to court if they find you guilty, they imprison you for 15 years.

    “The justice system has changed so that we have a special court; this is the first time this has happened. We now have a special court that deals with rape problems.

    “So, it accelerated that, it has allowed the government to see things differently and focus on the girls' agenda.

    "We have the president, who sits as chairman of the committee that deals with that, he has also helped various institutions to campaign on the issue, before I became First Lady."

    However, it revealed that the campaign against rape and early marriage had become holistic and that the coalition of doctors, security personnel and traditional rulers had been fighting to end such abuses.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the AFLPM Ninth Summit aims to promote peace and conflict resolution in Africa.

    Source: NAN

  •   First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of First AFLPM Summit
      First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of First AFLPM Summit
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    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of First AFLPM Summit

    First Lady Aisha Buhari, on Saturday received the Burundian first lady, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Mrs Buhari, who received the visiting first lady at the State House, said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence.

    “ As you are aware, AFLPM has not been active for some time now, so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent,“ she said.

    On her part, the visiting first lady of Burundi, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi.

    Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union, regional organisations, and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent.

    also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Cote D`voire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Sao Tome and Pricipe, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and Namibia.

    Source: NAN

  •   First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of AFLPM Summit
      First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of AFLPM Summit
    General news11 months ago

    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of AFLPM Summit

    First Lady Aisha Buhari, on Saturday received the Burundian first lady, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Mrs Buhari, who received the visiting first lady at the State House, said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence.

    “ As you are aware, AFLPM has not been active for some time now, so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent,“ she said.

    On her part, the visiting first lady of Burundi, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi.

    Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union, regional organisations, and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent.

    also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Cote D`voire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Sao Tome and Pricipe, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and Namibia.

    Source: NAN