The Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) in partnership with Bayelsa government and Nestle PLC will sponsor 22 students to represent Nigeria at the 2022 Serbia World Basketball Championships.
Olabisi Joseph, President of the federation, said this at press conference on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives of the country at the championships emerged from Milo Basketball Championships, where St. Jude Girls Secondary School Amarata, won the female category while Bishop Dimieari Grammar School Obom won the male category.
NAN also reports that the 2022 World School Basketball Championships will hold from Sept. 20 to Sept. 28 in Serbia.
Joseph commended the male and female teams for coming tops out of 11,000 schools that participated in the Nestle Basketball Championships.
She urged the team to give their best in Serbia and make Nigeria proud: “I’m elated that for the first time Nigeria will be participating at the World Basketball Championships, and I strongly feel that we will achieve our goal, which is to win in Serbia.
“I want to applaud our sponsors, Nestle and the Bayelsa government, for their support and encouragement for these children; I’m confident that we will come back with trophies.
” The NSSF President lauded the Bayelsa State government for ensuring that the students are exposed to international competitions while urging other states to take a cue from the gesture.
The Commissioner for Education, Bayelsa, Gentle Emeleh, praised the sports-loving governor of the state, Douye Diri, for his interest and support for grassroots sports development.
“This is my alma mata, and I am happy that these children are on the path towards putting our name on the map, we are proud to be part of this; our Gov. Douye Diri is a lover of sports.
“He urged the students to be of good conduct and he applauded their coaches for working hard and helping the students build their confidence,” Emeleh said.
An elated Category Manager, Beverages of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Tayo Olatunji, said the decision by the Bayelsa government to sponsor the students was in line with the ideals of the annual tournament, which was to produce future champions.
Captains of the teams, Idubamo Pius Beggi and Samuel Talents vowed to replicate their feat in Nigeria on the international stage, while promising to be good ambassadors.
Nigeria alongside 19 other nations including Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Nepal, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, China Taipei and Turkey will compete in the boys and girls events.
The championships is organised by the International School Sports Federation (ISF) and hosted by the Serbian School Sport Federation.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team has been drawn in Group A alongside Turkey, Hungary, and Chinese Taipei while the girls’ team is in group D with Turkey, Chile, and Bulgaria.
The purpose of the visit is to review the progress in bilateral relations since the Seventh Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) and to map priorities for future bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Vice Minister Botes will co-chair the political consultations with his Chilean counterpart and has participated in a Business Forum Meeting with the Chile-South Africa Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.
South Africa and Chile enjoy warm and cordial diplomatic relations.
The two countries share values such as a commitment to democracy, human rights, peaceful conflict resolution, multilateralism, and respect for the international rule of law.
Bilateral relations are anchored mainly through the JCM, chaired at the level of Vice Ministers, and the Joint Trade and Investment Commission (JTIC), which operates at the level of Senior Officials.
South Africa is Chile's largest trading and investment partner on the African continent, with significant and growing investments between the two countries.
The FIFA Appeals Committee has issued its decision on the appeals filed by the Chilean Football Federation (FFCH) and the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) against the decision issued by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (https://fifa .fans/3QP6XBv) regarding the potential disqualification (https://fifa.fans/3Ugu3Ur) of player Byron David Castillo Segura regarding his participation in eight qualifying matches for the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) national team in the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Having analyzed the arguments of all the parties and after hearing, the Appeal Commission confirmed the decision of the Disciplinary Commission to file the procedure initiated against the FEF.
Among other considerations, it considered that based on the documents presented, it should be considered that the player had permanent Ecuadorian nationality in accordance with art.
5 pair 1 of the FIFA Regulations governing the application of the statutes.
The conclusions of the decision adopted by the Appeals Committee were notified to the interested parties today.
This decision remains subject to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Después de presentaciones impresionantes en el escenario ante un panel de jueces expertos a principios de esta semana, Esther Kimani, fundadora de FarmerLifeLine Technologies en Kenia, y Mark Musinguzi, fundador de Hya Bioplastics en Uganda, recibieron cada uno un gran premio de 50 000 dólares estadounidenses en el African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) en Su cena de gala y la ceremonia de entrega del Premio de Alimentos de África a la que asistió el Excmo.
Sr. Presidente de Ruanda, Paul Kagame, y una gran cantidad de otros jefes de estado africanos, dignatarios y estimados expertos en sistemas alimentarios de todo el mundo.
Con 12 finalistas de primera clase en el Concurso del Premio GoGettaz Agripreneur de este año, cuatro ganadores adicionales de los Premios Impact recibieron 2500 dólares estadounidenses: Eloge Niyomwungere, fundador de Best Food Solution en Burundi, Nancy Iraba, cofundadora de Healthy Seaweed Company en Tanzania, Noël N'guessan, cofundador de LONO en Costa de Marfil, y Seynabou Dieng, cofundador de Maya Sarl en Senegal.
“Estos jóvenes emprendedores están en medio de una revolución alimentaria.
Sus empresas están teniendo un impacto positivo en sus comunidades, su medio ambiente y la economía local”, comentó la Sra. Fernanda Lopes, vicepresidenta ejecutiva para Asia y África de Yara International, quien premió a los ganadores en nombre de los cofundadores de Generation Africa.
Al emerger victoriosa entre las mujeres agroempresarias, Esther Kimani y su empresa FarmerLifeLine Technologies inventaron un dispositivo que ayuda a los agricultores de Kenia a adelantarse a las plagas y los patógenos con un dispositivo patentado de detección de enfermedades que aprovecha las cámaras con energía solar, la inteligencia artificial, el análisis de datos y el aprendizaje automático.
Entre los hombres, el ganador del gran premio, Mark Musinguzi de Hya Bioplastics, quiere liderar África en el envasado sostenible de alimentos con una innovadora solución de producto biodegradable que proporcione una alternativa rentable a los envases de plástico a base de petróleo.
El cofundador de Generation Africa, Svein Tore Holsether, director ejecutivo y presidente de Yara International, pronunció un discurso de apertura en el concurso de lanzamiento final para agradecer a los finalistas por su trabajo visionario y comentó: “Una vez más, estoy muy impresionado con los finalistas.
Todos son verdaderamente inspiradores y los veo como líderes y modelos a seguir en un mundo que necesita desesperadamente ese tipo de impulso y dedicación para resolver los asombrosos desafíos globales a los que nos enfrentamos”.
El presidente emérito de AGRF, Strive Masiyiwa, cofundador de Generation Africa y presidente ejecutivo de Econet y Cassava Technologies, se unió a Holsether a través de un mensaje de video para motivar a los concursantes a usar su espíritu emprendedor para lograr un impacto positivo: “De entre ustedes, son las mismas personas que van para salvar nuestro continente y asegurar que millones de personas no mueran de hambre, asegurar que otros millones de personas puedan superar los desafíos creados por el cambio climático.
[…] Los verdaderos ganadores no van a ser porque obtuviste un premio, sino porque te inspiraste y animaste a seguir haciendo cosas más grandes con tu aventura empresarial, y llegaste donde había más necesidad y menos ayuda.
”, dijo Masiyiwa en un llamado sincero.
Encarnando el espíritu del mensaje de Masiyiwa, Generation Africa también reconoció a cuatro ganadores del Premio Impact por el potencial de cada empresa para empoderar a las comunidades y proteger el medio ambiente.
Para la senegalesa Seynabou Dieng, la empresa que cofundó, Maya, es mucho más que una empresa de procesamiento de alimentos.
Al asociarse con agricultores locales a pequeña escala en Malí, esta empresa con un 80 % de personal femenino obtiene los mejores ingredientes locales para fabricar sus salsas, especias, mezclas y frutos secos orgullosamente africanos.
Nancy Iraba fundó Healthy Seaweed Company para impulsar los medios de subsistencia de las mujeres productoras de algas marinas en Zanzíbar y llevar a casa los beneficios para la salud de las algas marinas a través del valor agregado local y la promoción de las algas marinas como una fuente de alimentos sostenible y altamente nutritiva.
Noël N'guessan de LONO cofundó su negocio para enfocarse en un suelo saludable.
Uno de sus productos, KubeKo, ayuda a los agricultores de Côte d'Ivoire a generar valor a partir de sus desechos.
Este sistema de compostaje de biogás fácil de usar genera 2 horas de gas para cocinar y 50 l de fertilizante líquido a partir de 5 kg de desechos orgánicos por día.
Eloge Niyomwungere y su negocio Best Food Solution procesa chiles en aceite, polvo y chiles secos para los mercados locales y de exportación.
Fundó su empresa para revitalizar la industria del chile de Burundi apoyando a los pequeños agricultores con insumos de calidad y compensación garantizada.
Incluso fabrican un pesticida orgánico a base de chile para proteger los rendimientos.
Marcando el primer Concurso del Premio GoGettaz Agripreneur en persona desde 2019, los doce finalistas estaban eufóricos por la oportunidad posterior a la pandemia de construir relaciones con un complemento global de delegados que asistieron a la cumbre AGRF de 2022.
Disfrutaron de una participación facilitada en la Sala de negociaciones de agronegocios de AGRF, donde pudieron generar confianza cara a cara con futuros socios, inversionistas y clientes.
Corteva Agriscience, uno de los cofundadores de Generation Africa, patrocinó a los finalistas en sus viajes al evento en vivo.
“Al llevarlos a la cumbre agrícola más grande de África, esperamos catalizar las relaciones entre estos jóvenes empresarios agrícolas y los líderes mundiales de la industria.
El premio GoGettaz Agripreneur, y las redes y conexiones que lo acompañan, están diseñados para empoderar a la generación joven para escalar sus negocios agroalimentarios impulsados por el impacto en la lucha por un sistema alimentario africano sostenible.
Es maravilloso ver esta poderosa plataforma nuevamente en acción”, dijo Barbra Muzata, directora de comunicaciones corporativas y marca de Corteva Agriscience.
El cuarto premio anual GoGettaz Agripreneur llegó a casi seis millones de personas durante la ventana de entrada del 19 de abril al 6 de junio de 2022.
Las solicitudes llegaron desde 45 países africanos con 10 países representados entre los 12 finalistas principales.
“GoGettaz se ha convertido en la mayor competencia de emprendimiento agrícola enfocada en los jóvenes en África.
Nuestras entradas son cada vez más diversas cada año”, dijo Dickson Naftali, director de Generation Africa.
“El Premio Agroemprendedor GoGettaz fue concebido para difundir un mensaje de esperanza y oportunidad en el sector agroalimentario.
Ver más jóvenes con soluciones verdaderamente innovadoras, construyendo empresas que crean empleos en el sistema alimentario, me enorgullece mucho.
Tienen el futuro de nuestro continente en sus manos”.
Panel de jueces del Premio Gogettaz Agripreneur 2022 George Apaka, Líder del Sector Agrícola en la Fundación Mastercard Barbra Muzata, Directora de Comunicaciones Corporativas y Marca en Corteva Agriscience, África y Medio Oriente Edson Mpyisi, Economista Financiero Jefe y Coordinador del Programa ENABLE para Jóvenes en la Banco Africano de Desarrollo.
Ellen Cathrine Rasmussen, vicepresidenta ejecutiva de Scalable Enterprises en Norfund Zvichapera Katiyo, directora ejecutiva de grupo de Delta Philanthropies Jane Lowicki-Zucca, asesora sénior de jóvenes de USAID Temi Adegoroye, socia gerente de Sahel Consulting Jean Muthamia-Mwenda, líder mundial de empleo y emprendimiento juvenil en SNV Países Bajos Generación África Cofundadores: African Development Bank Group: https://www.AfDB.org/ Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa: https://AGRA.org/ The AGRF: https://AGRF.org / Bayer: https://bit.ly/3RuMPpi Corteva Agriscience: https://www.Corteva.com/ Econet: https://www.Econetafrica.com/ Heifer International: https://www.Heifer.org/ Agencia Noruega para la Cooperación al Desarrollo: https://www.NORAD.no/ Confederación de Sindicatos Agrícolas del Sur de África: http://www.SACAU.org/ Fundación Syngenta para la Agricultura Sostenible: https://www.SyngentaFoundation.org/ EE.
Agencia para el Desarrollo Internacional: https://www.USAID.gov/ Yara International: https://www.Yar a.com/ Lista completa de las 12 mejores mujeres del Premio GoGettaz Agripreneur 2022 Lawrencia Kwansah, Dent Agrisystems, Ghana: http://DentAgrisystems.com Dent Agrisystems empodera a los hogares urbanos pobres en Ghana con su Aquaponics Hub ambientalmente sostenible.
Su innovador sistema integrado de IoT alimentado por energía solar facilita que cualquier persona cultive peces y cultive vegetales hidropónicos.
Esther Kimani, FarmerLifeLine Technologies, Kenia: http://FarmerLifeLine.co.ke FarmerLifeLine inventó un dispositivo que ayuda a los agricultores de Kenia a adelantarse a las plagas y los patógenos con un dispositivo patentado de detección de enfermedades que aprovecha las cámaras con energía solar, la inteligencia artificial, el análisis de datos, y aprendizaje automático.
Nancy Iraba, Healthy Seaweed Company, Tanzania: https://HealthySeaweedCafe.co.tz Healthy Seaweed Company está impulsando los medios de vida de las mujeres productoras de algas marinas en Zanzíbar y llevando a casa los beneficios para la salud de las algas marinas a través del valor agregado local y la promoción de productos de algas marinas como fuente sostenible de alimentos.
Seynabou Dieng, Maya Sarl, Senegal: www.Maya-Mali.com Maya es mucho más que una empresa de procesamiento de alimentos.
Al asociarse con pequeños agricultores locales en Malí, esta empresa con un 80 % de personal femenino obtiene los mejores ingredientes locales para fabricar salsas, especias, mezclas y frutos secos orgullosamente africanos.
Yvette Dickson-Tetteh, Pure and Just Food, Ghana: www.Yvayafarm.com Pure and Just Food tiene que ver con el agroprocesamiento climáticamente inteligente que crea empleos sostenibles, aumenta los ingresos y protege el medio ambiente.
Procesan y envasan frutos secos para los mercados de Ghana e internacionales.
Marie Ange Mukagahima, Zima Healthy, Ruanda: http://ZimaHealthy.com Zima Healthy procesa la pulpa y las semillas de calabazas orgánicas en refrigerios saludables, ingredientes alimentarios, aceite de cocina y cosméticos.
Emplean a jóvenes y obtienen sus calabazas de mujeres y jóvenes agricultores en Ruanda.
Men Julio Chilela, Agro Marketplace Kepya, Angola: http://Kepya.co.ao Kepya es un centro de innovación de agronegocios con una red de tiendas rurales y una plataforma de comercio electrónico en línea.
Kepya está mejorando los medios de vida rurales al brindar servicios y productos agrícolas a los pequeños agricultores de Angola.
Eloge Niyomwungere, Best Food Solution, Burundi: http://BFSolution.biz/ Best Food Solution procesa chiles en aceite, polvo y chiles secos para los mercados locales y de exportación.
Están revitalizando la industria del chile de Burundi al apoyar a los pequeños agricultores con insumos de calidad y compensación garantizada.
Denish Ogwang, Fidena Agri Limited, Uganda: http://FidenaAgri.com Fidena Agri convierte cáscaras de plátano y huevo en Eggo Farm, un fertilizante orgánico de bajo costo que proporciona a los cultivos los nutrientes que necesitan para aumentar los rendimientos hasta en un 45 %.
Está ayudando a los pequeños agricultores de Uganda a aumentar sus ganancias.
Mark Musinguzi, Hya Bioplastics, Uganda: www.HyaBioplastics.com Hya Bioplastics quiere liderar África en envases de alimentos sostenibles y biodegradables.
Su negocio innovador recicla las fibras agrícolas y el almidón de yuca desechados en contenedores y bandejas de frutas de costo competitivo para reemplazar los envases de plástico para alimentos en Uganda.
Noël N'guessan, LONO, Costa de Marfil: www.LONOCI.com LONO diseñó un sistema innovador que ayuda a los agricultores de Costa de Marfil a desbloquear el valor de los desechos orgánicos con KubeKo. Este sistema de compostaje de biogás fácil de usar genera 2 horas de gas para cocinar y 50 l de fertilizante líquido a partir de 5 kg de desechos orgánicos por día.
Idoko Nnaedozie, Solaristique, Nigeria: http://Solaristique.com.ng Solaristique es una empresa de reciclaje que está abordando el problema del desperdicio de alimentos de Nigeria con una solución innovadora que convierte los congeladores viejos en una gama de dispositivos solares hipereficientes y de bajo costo.
Unidades de almacenamiento en frío motorizadas para uso fuera de la red.
Chileans head to the polls on Sunday to choose whether to adopt a new constitution that aims to shift its market-driven society into one that is more welfare-based, while enacting broad institutional reforms.
Although Chileans previously voted in droves for a rewrite of the current constitution — adopted in 1980 during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship — opinion polls suggest the new text will be rejected.
Social upheaval that began in 2019 as tens of thousands of people demanded a more equitable society provided the impulse to overhaul the constitution, but several clauses of the 388-article proposed draft have proved controversial.
“I will reject it because it was a constitution that started badly,” Maria Angelica Ebnes, a 66-year-old homemaker, told AFP in Santiago.
“It was forced, through violence.
” In October 2019, protests sprung up mostly in the capital led by students initially angered by a proposed metro fare hike.
Those demonstrations spiraled into wider discontent with the country’s neoliberal economic system as well as growing inequality.
Although polls predict the new constitution will be rejected, those in favor are still holding out hope, not least because of what they see on the streets.
On Thursday night, an estimated 500,000 people turned out for the official closing of the “approve” campaign in Santiago, whereas no more than 500 people did so for the “reject” gathering.
“People will go out to vote en masse and the polls will be wrong once again,” said Juan Carlos Latorre, a legislator in the ruling coalition of leftist President Gabriel Boric, who supports the new text.
More than 15 million Chileans are eligible to vote in the compulsory referendum.
Chief among their concerns is the prominence given to the country’s Indigenous peoples, who make up close to 13 percent of the 19 million population.
Proposals to legalize abortion and protect the environment as well as natural resources like water, which some say is exploited by private mining companies, have also garnered much attention.
The new constitution would also overhaul Chile’s government, replacing the Senate with a less powerful “chamber of regions,” and requiring women to hold at least half of positions in public institutions.
– 5% possibility of ‘approve’ –While recent polls have had the “reject” vote leading by as much as 10 percentage points, sociologist Marta Lagos believes “approve” may yet carry the day.
In the vast Santiago metropolitan area, the majority of people appear likely to vote in favor of the new constitution, even though some parts of the city — particularly in northern and southern areas — are largely against the changes, Lagos said.
“There’s always the possibility that all the polls are wrong and effectively the advantage for ‘approve’ in Santiago could compensate for the disadvantage in the north and south,” Lagos told AFP.
“I don’t think this possibility is more than five percent, and ‘reject’ is 95 percent likely to win.
” But what she is certain about is that “the gap will not be 10 points like the three polls published in the last two weeks say.
” Only a simple majority is required for the new constitution to be adopted.
Around 40 world-renowned economists and political scientists expressed their support for the new constitution in the last week.
Yet some fear the new text would generate instability and uncertainty, which could then harm the economy.
“What you can see is a certain conservatism in the Chilean electorate that we haven’t seen for years,” said Lagos.
It was certainly muted last December when millennial Boric was elected president.
– Controversial Indigenous clauses –Those in favor of the new constitution say it will prompt major changes in a conservative country marked by social and ethnic tensions and lay the foundation for a more egalitarian society.
They say the current constitution gave private enterprise free reign over crucial industries and created a fertile breeding ground for the rich to prosper and the poor to struggle.
Although the 1980 constitution has undergone several reforms since it was adopted, it retains the stigma of having been introduced during a dictatorship.
Chileans have already voted once to rewrite the constitution and then again to elect the representatives to do so, making Sunday’s vote the third time in just two years that they have gone to the polls over this issue.
The new text was drawn up by a constitutional convention made up of 154 members — mostly with no political affiliation — split equally between men and women and with 17 places reserved for Indigenous people.
The resulting proposal recognizes 11 Indigenous peoples and offers them greater autonomy, particularly on judicial issues.
It is the most controversial clause, with some critics accusing the authors of trying to turn the traditionally marginalized Indigenous people into a higher class of citizens.
If accepted, Chile’s congress will then start deciding how to apply the new laws.
If the new text is rejected, the current constitution will remain in place.
The UN rights chief will release a long-awaited report on alleged violations in China’s Xinjiang region before leaving office later Wednesday, despite strong pressure from Beijing not to publish.
“The report on Xinjiang will go out by the end of the day,” said Jeremy Laurence, a spokesman for the outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet — who promised to publish the report before her mandate expires at the end of August.
Her report will therefore come out in the final 10 hours of her four-year term and is set to stand as her last act in office.
Amid the allegations of abuses in Xinjiang, Bachelet came under increasing pressure to investigate and speak out about the far-western region of China.
Beijing stands accused of detaining more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities there.
Nearly a year ago, the former Chilean president told the UN Human Rights Council an independent evaluation of the situation in Xinjiang was needed, and indicated that her office was finalising a report on the matter.
But the report was repeatedly delayed amid growing impatience from rights groups and some countries.
– A ‘farce’: China –Speaking earlier Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian dismissed the report and said he hoped Bachelet would not publish it in her final hours in office.
“We firmly oppose the release of the so-called Xinjiang-related report by the UN Human Rights Office,” he said.
“This report is a farce orchestrated by the US and a small number of Western powers,” he said.
“We hope that the high commissioner will make the right decision.
” Zhao said the UN rights chief should act with “objectivity, impartiality, non-selectivity and non-politicisation” and oppose “double standards on human rights issues”.
In her farewell press conference on Thursday, Bachelet admitted she was under “tremendous pressure to publish or not to publish” the long-delayed report.
“We’re trying very hard to do what I promised,” Bachelet said.
“But I will not publish or withhold publication due to any such pressure.
” Campaigners accuse China of a litany of abuses in Xinjiang, including mass incarceration, forced labour, compulsory sterilisation and the destruction of Uyghur cultural and religious sites.
The United States and lawmakers in other Western countries have gone as far as accusing China of committing “genocide” against the minority groups.
Beijing vehemently rejects the claims, and has long insisted it is running vocational training centres in Xinjiang designed to counter extremism.
It claims the allegations are part of a plot by the United States and other Western nations to smear China and contain its rise.
– Visit to region –In May, Bachelet concluded a rare six-day visit to China that also took her to Xinjiang.
But the long-awaited trip to the region sparked criticism from rights groups.
During her visit, she had urged Beijing to avoid “arbitrary and indiscriminate” measures in Xinjiang.
But rights groups criticised her for what they said was her lack of firmness.
They said she had capitulated to a stage-managed tour of the region orchestrated by Beijing.
Human Rights Watch said the report would help to show that no state is above the law.
“Better late than never,” HRW’s China director Sophie Richardson told AFP.
“If this does in fact happen, it will be a watershed moment.
” The non-governmental organisation would like to see the report reach the same assessments as HRW and others, given the “mountains of evidence”.
But she said that more than the content, the publication of the report itself would be important since it would force the UN Human Rights Council to address the issue.
“Not taking this forward is not an option,” she said.
Three world-renowned advocates for Women’s Health and Rights have called for urgent global action to address a “plague’’ of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
They noted that SGBV has been exacerbated by conflicts, COVID-19, and climate change.
The advocates: Helen Clark, Michelle Bachelet, and José Manuel Albares made the call on Saturday in a joint statement, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .
Clark is the Board Chair, Partnership for Maternal New-born and Child Health (PMNCH) and was Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Bachelet is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile, while Albares is the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The trio noted that a toxic combination of global conflict, COVID-19 and climate change was increasing cases of SGBV against vulnerable women, children and adolescents worldwide.
They advocated urgent multilateral action to tackle a “plague’’ of rape or other violent physical or mental abuse, targeting vulnerable women, children and adolescents.
“In 2022, 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection.
This number is a significant increase from 235 million people in such need a year ago.
“The 2022 figure is the highest in decades.
“Global estimates show that nearly one-third of partnered women and girls aged between 15 years and 49 years have experienced physical and or sexual violence in their lifetimes.
“The threat of SGBV is elevated in humanitarian contexts,’’ they stated.
They noted that the risk and scope of SGBV was exacerbated by the unprecedented number of compounding crises the world is experiencing – from COVID-19 to climate change to conflicts.
“Unfortunately, less than 1 per cent of global humanitarian funding is spent on protection from SGBV.
“There is, therefore, urgent need for targeted action and interventions to prevent and manage SGBV in humanitarian contexts, which overwhelmingly targets women, children and adolescents,” they stated.
The advocates also noted that armed conflicts, natural disasters, and humanitarian emergencies could significantly weaken a society’s ability to protect women, children, and adolescents from SGBV.
Rape and other forms of SGBV, they stated, were being used in conflicts as tools of warfare to advance military or political aims.
The systematic rape of this nature, they agreed, had a terrible effect on women’s physical and mental health including pregnancy-related complications, sexually transmitted diseases and death from unsafe abortion.
They also raised concerns that women displaced by climate change were likely to experience SGBV in refugee and displaced persons camp settings.
On COVID-19, the trio noted that data and reports emerging since the outbreak of the dreadful disease showed that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, had intensified.
They noted also that SGBV are now termed the “Shadow Pandemic’’.
“Eighty per cent of recent studies find evidence of increased violence against women and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Domestic violence hotlines in some countries reported a five-fold increase in calls after physical distancing and lockdown measures were introduced.
“At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 68 per cent of reproductive services, including safe abortion and post-abortion care, were at least partially disrupted,” they stressed.
The advocates called for accelerated and strengthened international collaboration for comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights for all individuals, including for the prevention of the scourge.
They also agitated for gender-responsive and age-sensitive reparations for survivors in line with international human rights and international humanitarian law.
The trio called on countries to create policy and focus resources to protect the physical and mental health of refugees and others at risk of violence and displacement because of conflicts.
In a departing plea to President Vladimir Putin, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Thursday urged him to stop Russia’s attack on Ukraine and its “unimaginably terrifying” impact on civilians.
Bachelet, who steps down at the end of the month, marked the six months since the February 24 Russian invasion by insisting on accountability for serious rights violations in the conflict, some of which may amount to war crimes, she said.
“I call on the Russian president to halt the armed attack against Ukraine,” the outgoing United Nations high commissioner for human rights told a farewell press conference in Geneva.
Tuesday marked “six unimaginably terrifying months for the people of Ukraine, 6.
8 million of whom have had to flee their country,” she said.
“Millions others have been internally displaced.
” Her office has so far documented 5,587 civilians killed and 7,890 injured in the conflict, although it says the true civilian casualty toll will be far higher.
Of those casualties, nearly 1,000 are children.
Bachelet urged Moscow and Kyiv to respect international human rights and humanitarian law at all times.
“The international community must insist on accountability for the many serious violations documented, some of which may amount to war crimes,” she added.
“The fighting continues, amid almost unthinkable risks posed to civilians and the environment as hostilities are conducted close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,” the former Chilean president added.
“The Zaporizhzhia plant needs to be immediately demilitarised.
” The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, wants to send a mission to the nuclear power plant, which is Europe’s largest.
Yevheniia Filipenko, Ukraine’s ambassador in Geneva, said Wednesday there were indications that the mission inspectors “could start their work… very soon and we hope that it will be able to implement its mandate effectively”.
A non-governmental organisation, Women and Half (WAH) Initiative, has expanded its empowerment programme to acommodate both gender in the society.
Mrs Chile Frank-Udemgba, Founder and promoter of WAH, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
The WAH is an initiative that is committed to empowering not only women but a strategic arm of society in its bid to contribute meaningfully to national social development.
Its mission is to create an empowering ecosystem for professionals to strive to drive positive impact while being intentional about having fun as they progress through life and be the best version of themselves.
“We have over the weekend announced our next level engagements following our five-year strategic plan, which is mainly highlighted by a robust rebranding arrow headed by a much more expansive structure repositioned towards better achieving our stated vision to empower not just women but a critical segment of society.
“WAH now carries with it a much more amorphous structure which will allow it attract not only female professional.
“Professional women will remain at the core of activities, but professionals of the male gender will also be attracted to its programmes and activities in a well blended process that is expected to throw up new champions in the society,” she said.
Frank-Udemgba said that the gender leaning initiative had carefully pulled together professional women into specially curated impact filled engagements that had continued to empower its members in the society in the last five years.
She said that over 5,000 women had been impacted through sessions such as interactive engagements, trainings and fun filled activities, as well as a weekend get-together at the famous Inagbe Resort in Lagos.
Frank-Udemgba added that the WAH initiatives had attracted high powered female social leaders such as the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and famous activist and media personality, Kadaria Ahmed, among others.
She disclosed that plans were in an advanced stage for the “WAH by Chile multi level engagement” in Accra and in Mauritius, in the first and last quarters of 2023, among other such activities.
According to her, the new focus of WAH by Chile, will be built on a multi-level structure and three levels of growth.
“The aspirational which throws up programmes for those who are just starting out in their careers, the plateau for those who are stable and are nearing peak performance and the fulfilled for those who have peaked and are in semi retirement or in retirement but who are looking back to mentor and pull in younger ones into their circle of accomplishment.
“Programmes and pragmatic activities have all been designed to meet up with the requirements of these three basic levels that now make up the more expansive vision- structure of the WAH by Chile.
“The new brand identity will be officially launched in a perfectly timed and elegant end of year soiree, aptly named the “WAH by Chile Runway party”, coming up at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.
The governments of Rwanda and Norway have jointly launched a High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution (https://bit.ly/3PLioJZ).
The coalition was first launched after the landmark UNEA 5.2 resolution passed in March 2022 to start negotiations for an international legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution.
Canada, Peru, Germany, Senegal, Georgia, Republic of Korea, UK, Switzerland, Portugal, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Costa Rica, Iceland, Ecuador and France are among the first countries to join this coalition.
Responding to these developments, Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner Nhlanhla Sibisi said: “It is encouraging to see countries coming together and taking the urgently needed steps towards a plastic-free future.
This movement shows that our governments are slowly recognizing the threat that plastics pose to life on this planet, to our ecosystems and the climate.
We hope that this recognition will prompt them to toughen their opposition to plastic production, which is projected to increase significantly in the next decade.
Plastic pollution is a global crisis and governments need to collaborate on a more coordinated approach to solving it.
“We need to work towards an ambitious, legally binding global plastics treaty that will limit and reduce production and use, and ultimately end single-use plastic.
A strong treaty will keep oil and gas in the ground, hold big polluters accountable and pressure them to switch to refill and reuse systems and ensure a just and equitable transition for affected workers.
“Governments in Africa and around the world must recognize that this is an opportunity to stem the tide of a global crisis.
Members of the High Ambition Coalition must work to ensure that the plastics treaty lives up to its promise and becomes an instrument to finally turn off the plastic tap for the good of our communities, our climate and our planet.”