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  •  The Green Apex student company producers of biodegradable sanitary pad on Thursday in Lagos won the 2022 National Company of the Year Award NCOY The Green Apex student company from International School University of Lagos clinched the first position at the NCOY competition organised by the Junior Achievement Nigeria JAN in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Ltd Students from Nexus Queens Creation student company of Queens School Ibadan who developed a decorative led lamp structured with 80 per cent carton and Kri8 company from Top Faith International Secondary School Akwa Ibom who developed a vacuum cleaner emerged second and third respectively The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition had altogether 12 winning student companies from the Regional Company of the Year competition competing for the NCOY award The Straw Recyclers company from the Special Education School Tudun Maliki School for the blind and Deaf emerged winner of the Chief Executive Officer of the Year award The school used abandoned straw and plastic spoons from garbage and recycled them into different home accessories such as bags doormats home decorations tissue papers containers coin purses and more Champion Squad student company from Taidob College Asero Ogun State also won the Most Innovative Award The school produced the wearable totes made through a revamping process of used clothes with creative and fashionable local textile material known as adire Speaking at the event Mrs Foluso Gbadamosi Executive Director JAN said the company s programme had impacted over 100 000 students in the last five years across the six geopolitical regions with the help and support of its financiers volunteers and teachers She said JAN s mission of inspiring and transforming young people with the skillsets and mindsets needed to help them thrive in a global economy had been challenging Gbadamosi expressed satisfaction with the young leaders and their capacity for innovation which she believed would take Nigeria to the next level So the student company here today we are extremely proud of all of you for making it this far and we believe that you all hold the solutions and keys to the future of our nation We hope that this experience has been life changing and transformational for you you are now part of an elite alumni company programme participants who went through this same programme when they were in secondary school and are now entrepreneurs doing amazing things in the marketplace So you have people who have gone ahead that are doing wonderful things and we pray that you will all do amazing things as well she said Also speaking Mrs Folake Ani Mumuney Group Head Marketing and Corporate Communications FirstBank congratulated JAN for staying true to the laudable cause Ani Mumuney represented by Mrs Chinwe Akinwade Head Digital Marketing and Corporate Communications Firstbank also commended the JAN for nurturing the young creative minds by organising the annual competition which according to her had created a platform for their participation She said Junior Achievement Nigeria has not only succeeded in bridging the classroom and the workplace for children and young adults but also has continued to influence our economic powers to make them creative and innovative solution providers Just as Winston Churchill remarked we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give She said the overarching goal of the junior achievements company programme to allow people to own their economic success by enhancing the relevance of education was in tandem with Firstbank s Future First Initiative According to her the Future First Initiative is First bank s financial literacy entrepreneurship and career counselling programme established to promote financial inclusion among the youth She said the aim of the initiative was also to build primary and secondary school students to fulfill their careers and be financially conscious and savvy from a young age Ani Mumuney pledged the bank s commitment to continually help young people gain the tools and knowledge to make effective and informed financial management decisions and achieve long term financial independence NAN reports that the NCOY competition which was its 22nd edition also aimed at inspiring senior secondary school students to start and run their own business es develop a product or service and market their brands The winner of this year s competition will represent Nigeria at the Junior Achievement Africa s Company of the Year competition NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Green Apex student coy wins 2022 NCOY award
     The Green Apex student company producers of biodegradable sanitary pad on Thursday in Lagos won the 2022 National Company of the Year Award NCOY The Green Apex student company from International School University of Lagos clinched the first position at the NCOY competition organised by the Junior Achievement Nigeria JAN in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Ltd Students from Nexus Queens Creation student company of Queens School Ibadan who developed a decorative led lamp structured with 80 per cent carton and Kri8 company from Top Faith International Secondary School Akwa Ibom who developed a vacuum cleaner emerged second and third respectively The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition had altogether 12 winning student companies from the Regional Company of the Year competition competing for the NCOY award The Straw Recyclers company from the Special Education School Tudun Maliki School for the blind and Deaf emerged winner of the Chief Executive Officer of the Year award The school used abandoned straw and plastic spoons from garbage and recycled them into different home accessories such as bags doormats home decorations tissue papers containers coin purses and more Champion Squad student company from Taidob College Asero Ogun State also won the Most Innovative Award The school produced the wearable totes made through a revamping process of used clothes with creative and fashionable local textile material known as adire Speaking at the event Mrs Foluso Gbadamosi Executive Director JAN said the company s programme had impacted over 100 000 students in the last five years across the six geopolitical regions with the help and support of its financiers volunteers and teachers She said JAN s mission of inspiring and transforming young people with the skillsets and mindsets needed to help them thrive in a global economy had been challenging Gbadamosi expressed satisfaction with the young leaders and their capacity for innovation which she believed would take Nigeria to the next level So the student company here today we are extremely proud of all of you for making it this far and we believe that you all hold the solutions and keys to the future of our nation We hope that this experience has been life changing and transformational for you you are now part of an elite alumni company programme participants who went through this same programme when they were in secondary school and are now entrepreneurs doing amazing things in the marketplace So you have people who have gone ahead that are doing wonderful things and we pray that you will all do amazing things as well she said Also speaking Mrs Folake Ani Mumuney Group Head Marketing and Corporate Communications FirstBank congratulated JAN for staying true to the laudable cause Ani Mumuney represented by Mrs Chinwe Akinwade Head Digital Marketing and Corporate Communications Firstbank also commended the JAN for nurturing the young creative minds by organising the annual competition which according to her had created a platform for their participation She said Junior Achievement Nigeria has not only succeeded in bridging the classroom and the workplace for children and young adults but also has continued to influence our economic powers to make them creative and innovative solution providers Just as Winston Churchill remarked we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give She said the overarching goal of the junior achievements company programme to allow people to own their economic success by enhancing the relevance of education was in tandem with Firstbank s Future First Initiative According to her the Future First Initiative is First bank s financial literacy entrepreneurship and career counselling programme established to promote financial inclusion among the youth She said the aim of the initiative was also to build primary and secondary school students to fulfill their careers and be financially conscious and savvy from a young age Ani Mumuney pledged the bank s commitment to continually help young people gain the tools and knowledge to make effective and informed financial management decisions and achieve long term financial independence NAN reports that the NCOY competition which was its 22nd edition also aimed at inspiring senior secondary school students to start and run their own business es develop a product or service and market their brands The winner of this year s competition will represent Nigeria at the Junior Achievement Africa s Company of the Year competition NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Green Apex student coy wins 2022 NCOY award
    Economy2 months ago

    Green Apex student coy wins 2022 NCOY award

    The Green Apex student company, producers of biodegradable sanitary pad, on Thursday in Lagos, won the 2022 National Company of the Year Award (NCOY).

    The Green Apex student company, from International School, University of Lagos, clinched the first position at the NCOY competition organised by the Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Ltd. Students from Nexus Queens Creation student company of Queens School, Ibadan, who developed a decorative led lamp structured with 80 per cent carton, and Kri8 company from Top Faith International Secondary School, Akwa Ibom, who developed a vacuum cleaner, emerged second and third respectively.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition had altogether 12 winning student companies from the Regional Company of the Year competition competing for the NCOY award.

    The Straw Recyclers company, from the Special Education School, Tudun Maliki (School for the blind and Deaf), emerged winner of the “Chief Executive Officer of the Year,” award.

    The school used abandoned straw and plastic spoons from garbage and recycled them into different home accessories such as bags, doormats, home decorations, tissue papers containers, coin purses and more.

    Champion Squad student company from Taidob College, Asero, Ogun State, also won the “Most Innovative Award.

    ” The school produced the wearable totes made through a revamping process of used clothes with creative and fashionable local textile material known as ‘adire.

    ’ Speaking at the event, Mrs Foluso Gbadamosi, Executive Director, JAN, said the company’s programme had impacted over 100,000 students in the last five years across the six geopolitical regions with the help and support of its financiers, volunteers and teachers.

    She said JAN’s mission of inspiring and transforming young people with the skillsets and mindsets needed to help them thrive in a global economy had been challenging.

    Gbadamosi expressed satisfaction with the young leaders and their capacity for innovation, which she believed would take Nigeria to the next level.

    “So, the student company here today, we are extremely proud of all of you for making it this far and we believe that you all hold the solutions and keys to the future of our nation.

    “We hope that this experience has been life changing and transformational for you, you are now part of an elite alumni company programme participants, who went through this same programme when they were in secondary school and are now entrepreneurs doing amazing things in the marketplace.

    “So you have people who have gone ahead that are doing wonderful things and we pray that you will all do amazing things as well,” she said.

    Also speaking, Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, FirstBank, congratulated JAN for staying true to the laudable cause.

    Ani-Mumuney, represented by Mrs Chinwe Akinwade, Head, Digital Marketing and Corporate Communications, Firstbank, also commended the JAN for nurturing the young creative minds by organising the annual competition, which according to her had created a platform for their participation.

    She said, “Junior Achievement Nigeria has not only succeeded in bridging the classroom and the workplace for children and young adults, but also has continued to influence our economic powers to make them creative and innovative solution providers.

    “Just as Winston Churchill remarked, we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

    ” She said the overarching goal of the junior achievements company programme to allow people to own their economic success by enhancing the relevance of education, was in tandem with Firstbank’s Future First Initiative.

    According to her, the Future First Initiative is First bank’s financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career counselling programme, established to promote financial inclusion among the youth.

    She said the aim of the initiative was also to build primary and secondary school students to fulfill their careers and be financially conscious and savvy from a young age.

    Ani-Mumuney pledged the bank’s commitment to continually help young people gain the tools and knowledge to make effective and informed financial management decisions and achieve long term financial independence.

    NAN reports that the NCOY competition, which was its 22nd edition, also aimed at inspiring senior secondary school students to start and run their own business(es), develop a product or service and market their brands.

    The winner of this year’s competition will represent Nigeria at the Junior Achievement Africa’s Company of the Year competition.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   On Monday October 10 2022 a Regional Coordination and Training Meeting on the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa opened in Accra Ghana Organized by the Commission of the Department of Human Development and Social Affairs of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS experts from the member states of the West African Regional Organization and the African Union Commission participated in the meeting While delivering his speech at the opening of the meeting Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana deplored the fact that only three 3 of the fifteen 15 ECOWAS countries have ratified the Protocol of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples Rights Related to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities known as AfChHPR PWD These are namely Mali Burkina Faso and Togo We must all join together to reverse this trend in order to contribute to the realization of a fully integrated community of people in a peaceful and prosperous region with strong institutions that respect fundamental freedoms and work for inclusive and sustainable development Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil offered The ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana concluded his speech thus To reiterate the call to action made by Mr Ant nio Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations all countries are urged to fully implement the Convention on Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities increase accessibility and dismantle economic and other barriers to the active participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations Taking the floor Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samat Commissioner for Health Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development of the African Union AU the main objective of this Meeting of Experts on Regional Coordination and Training on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa is to i popularize the Protocol Af ChHPR PWDs in all ECOWAS Member States to enable them to have a better understanding of this continental legal document and the accompanying policy instruments ii and promote its ratification and subsequent implementation In her speech delivered to the participants Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samat reiterated her Department s commitment to support ECOWAS in the process of signing ratifying implementing and reporting on the AU Disability Architecture AUDA She also reminded that ratification is only a significant step towards a good intention What matters most is the development and implementation of relevant legal and legislative texts and policies for the benefit of people living with disabilities added the African Union Commissioner Ms Paula Saad Director General of Social Inclusion of Guinea Bissau on behalf of His Excellency General Umaro Sissoko Embalo current President of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS expressed the opinion that the regional meeting of experts would serve as a meeting point for all Member States to work as a team to put an end to violations of the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities and reverse the trend towards their full inclusion In her keynote address during the opening session the Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Council on Disability Attorney Esther Akua Gyamfi informed the participants that the Ghanaian authorities have mandated the National Council on Disability to coordinate and work with disability organizations persons with disabilities and other stakeholders to sign and ratify the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Esther Akua GYAMFI as well as the representative of the United Nations Regional Office for West Africa in charge of Human Rights thanked the ECOWAS Commission for this capacity building exercise organized for experts and sensitization of the Member States She also expressed her gratitude to the organization for its efforts to mobilize citizens of the region living with disabilities
    Inclusion of persons with disabilities in West Africa: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) advocates for the signing and ratification of the African Union Protocol on Persons with Disabilities by all its States members
      On Monday October 10 2022 a Regional Coordination and Training Meeting on the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa opened in Accra Ghana Organized by the Commission of the Department of Human Development and Social Affairs of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS experts from the member states of the West African Regional Organization and the African Union Commission participated in the meeting While delivering his speech at the opening of the meeting Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana deplored the fact that only three 3 of the fifteen 15 ECOWAS countries have ratified the Protocol of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples Rights Related to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities known as AfChHPR PWD These are namely Mali Burkina Faso and Togo We must all join together to reverse this trend in order to contribute to the realization of a fully integrated community of people in a peaceful and prosperous region with strong institutions that respect fundamental freedoms and work for inclusive and sustainable development Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil offered The ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana concluded his speech thus To reiterate the call to action made by Mr Ant nio Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations all countries are urged to fully implement the Convention on Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities increase accessibility and dismantle economic and other barriers to the active participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations Taking the floor Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samat Commissioner for Health Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development of the African Union AU the main objective of this Meeting of Experts on Regional Coordination and Training on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa is to i popularize the Protocol Af ChHPR PWDs in all ECOWAS Member States to enable them to have a better understanding of this continental legal document and the accompanying policy instruments ii and promote its ratification and subsequent implementation In her speech delivered to the participants Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samat reiterated her Department s commitment to support ECOWAS in the process of signing ratifying implementing and reporting on the AU Disability Architecture AUDA She also reminded that ratification is only a significant step towards a good intention What matters most is the development and implementation of relevant legal and legislative texts and policies for the benefit of people living with disabilities added the African Union Commissioner Ms Paula Saad Director General of Social Inclusion of Guinea Bissau on behalf of His Excellency General Umaro Sissoko Embalo current President of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS expressed the opinion that the regional meeting of experts would serve as a meeting point for all Member States to work as a team to put an end to violations of the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities and reverse the trend towards their full inclusion In her keynote address during the opening session the Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Council on Disability Attorney Esther Akua Gyamfi informed the participants that the Ghanaian authorities have mandated the National Council on Disability to coordinate and work with disability organizations persons with disabilities and other stakeholders to sign and ratify the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Esther Akua GYAMFI as well as the representative of the United Nations Regional Office for West Africa in charge of Human Rights thanked the ECOWAS Commission for this capacity building exercise organized for experts and sensitization of the Member States She also expressed her gratitude to the organization for its efforts to mobilize citizens of the region living with disabilities
    Inclusion of persons with disabilities in West Africa: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) advocates for the signing and ratification of the African Union Protocol on Persons with Disabilities by all its States members
    Africa2 months ago

    Inclusion of persons with disabilities in West Africa: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) advocates for the signing and ratification of the African Union Protocol on Persons with Disabilities by all its States members

    On Monday, October 10, 2022, a Regional Coordination and Training Meeting on the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa opened in Accra, Ghana.

    Organized by the Commission of the Department of Human Development and Social Affairs of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), experts from the member states of the West African Regional Organization and the African Union Commission participated in the meeting.

    While delivering his speech at the opening of the meeting, Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil, ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana, deplored the fact that only three (3) of the fifteen (15) ECOWAS countries have ratified the Protocol of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples' Rights Related to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (known as AfChHPR-PWD).

    These are namely Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo. “We must all join together to reverse this trend in order to contribute to the realization of a fully integrated community of people in a peaceful and prosperous region, with strong institutions that respect fundamental freedoms and work for inclusive and sustainable development”, Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil offered.

    The ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana concluded his speech thus: “To reiterate the call to action made by Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, all countries are urged to fully implement the Convention on Human Rights.

    of Persons with Disabilities, increase accessibility and dismantle economic and other barriers to the active participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations”.

    Taking the floor, Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samaté, Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development of the African Union (AU), the main objective of this Meeting of Experts on Regional Coordination and Training on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa is to (i) popularize the Protocol (Af-ChHPR-PWDs) in all ECOWAS Member States to enable them to have a better understanding of this continental legal document and the accompanying policy instruments, (ii) and promote its ratification and subsequent implementation.

    In her speech delivered to the participants, Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samaté reiterated her Department's commitment to support ECOWAS in the process of signing, ratifying, implementing and reporting on the AU Disability Architecture (AUDA).

    She also reminded that ratification is only a significant step towards a good intention.

    “What matters most is the development and implementation of relevant legal and legislative texts and policies for the benefit of people living with disabilities,” added the African Union Commissioner.

    Ms. Paula Saad, Director General of Social Inclusion of Guinea Bissau, on behalf of His Excellency General Umaro Sissoko Embalo, current President of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, expressed the opinion that the regional meeting of experts would serve as a meeting point for all Member States to work as a team to put an end to violations of the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities and reverse the trend towards their full inclusion.

    In her keynote address during the opening session, the Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Council on Disability, Attorney Esther Akua Gyamfi, informed the participants that the Ghanaian authorities have mandated the National Council on Disability to coordinate and work with disability organizations persons with disabilities and other stakeholders to sign and ratify the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

    Esther Akua GYAMFI, as well as the representative of the United Nations Regional Office for West Africa in charge of Human Rights, thanked the ECOWAS Commission for this capacity building exercise organized for experts and sensitization of the Member States.

    She also expressed her gratitude to the organization for its efforts to mobilize citizens of the region living with disabilities.

  •   USAID DIV https bit ly 3MnYG6V USAID s open innovation program recently awarded a grant to Baobab www BAOBABPlus com the leading distributor of solar home systems in West Africa and Madagascar Empowering millions of lives with solar energy In the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC the need for access to energy is enormous with an estimated 9 percent having access to electricity Many of the 11 million households without electricity rely on expensive and polluting small diesel generators as well as charcoal and wood These standard power sources deplete the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and often require long distance travel to obtain supplies a burden that often falls on women and children Solar energy is an exceptional opportunity for rural households that do not have access to electricity Pay As You Go PAYG technology breaks the cost barrier allowing the customer to make daily weekly or monthly payments according to their cash flow to activate their product on the way to obtaining the property Since its launch in 2021 Baobab is currently in the Kinshasa Kwilu and Kikwit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will soon enter Kwango Baobab is located in C te d Ivoire Mali Senegal Madagascar Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has equipped 250 000 households serving more than 1 5 million beneficiaries in the last six years Access to finance and digital A large proportion of the population in sub Saharan Africa also lacks access to credit 74 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 80 in Senegal due to a lack of collateral or credit history to obtain loans To increase access to finance in sub Saharan Africa Baobab in partnership with its microfinance parent company the Baobab Group complements its energy business by offering nanoloans to clients with a successful track record of repaying their loans for solar products DIV is also supporting this pilot nanoloan project in Senegal to help reach the bottom of the pyramid this offer will also be available later in other countries For Baobab access to energy is also a springboard to enable all African households to participate in the digital revolution In Senegal Ivory Coast Mali and Madagascar Baobab has pioneered the launch of a PAYG smartphone offer In association with local startups Baobab offers additional content that meets the needs of its customers such as e education health or small business activity management To date Baobab has equipped more than 110 000 homes with digital solutions The pan African group has proven its strength after the Covid 19 pandemic crisis in 2021 Baobab saw sustained business growth of more than 42 per year Alexandre Coster Co Founder and CEO of Baobab We sincerely thank DIV for their support This grant was key in our development It allowed us to expand in the DRC and get started faster This press release is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development USAID The contents are the responsibility of Baobab and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awards Baobab+   USAID DIV https bit ly 3MnYG6V USAID s open innovation program recently awarded a grant to Baobab www BAOBABPlus com the leading distributor of solar home systems in West Africa and Madagascar Empowering millions of lives with solar energy In the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC the need for access to energy is enormous with an estimated 9 percent having access to electricity Many of the 11 million households without electricity rely on expensive and polluting small diesel generators as well as charcoal and wood These standard power sources deplete the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and often require long distance travel to obtain supplies a burden that often falls on women and children Solar energy is an exceptional opportunity for rural households that do not have access to electricity Pay As You Go PAYG technology breaks the cost barrier allowing the customer to make daily weekly or monthly payments according to their cash flow to activate their product on the way to obtaining the property Since its launch in 2021 Baobab is currently in the Kinshasa Kwilu and Kikwit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will soon enter Kwango Baobab is located in C te d Ivoire Mali Senegal Madagascar Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has equipped 250 000 households serving more than 1 5 million beneficiaries in the last six years Access to finance and digital A large proportion of the population in sub Saharan Africa also lacks access to credit 74 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 80 in Senegal due to a lack of collateral or credit history to obtain loans To increase access to finance in sub Saharan Africa Baobab in partnership with its microfinance parent company the Baobab Group complements its energy business by offering nanoloans to clients with a successful track record of repaying their loans for solar products DIV is also supporting this pilot nanoloan project in Senegal to help reach the bottom of the pyramid this offer will also be available later in other countries For Baobab access to energy is also a springboard to enable all African households to participate in the digital revolution In Senegal Ivory Coast Mali and Madagascar Baobab has pioneered the launch of a PAYG smartphone offer In association with local startups Baobab offers additional content that meets the needs of its customers such as e education health or small business activity management To date Baobab has equipped more than 110 000 homes with digital solutions The pan African group has proven its strength after the Covid 19 pandemic crisis in 2021 Baobab saw sustained business growth of more than 42 per year Alexandre Coster Co Founder and CEO of Baobab We sincerely thank DIV for their support This grant was key in our development It allowed us to expand in the DRC and get started faster This press release is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development USAID The contents are the responsibility of Baobab and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government  .5 million to expand in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), providing access to energy to enable access to financing
      USAID DIV https bit ly 3MnYG6V USAID s open innovation program recently awarded a grant to Baobab www BAOBABPlus com the leading distributor of solar home systems in West Africa and Madagascar Empowering millions of lives with solar energy In the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC the need for access to energy is enormous with an estimated 9 percent having access to electricity Many of the 11 million households without electricity rely on expensive and polluting small diesel generators as well as charcoal and wood These standard power sources deplete the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and often require long distance travel to obtain supplies a burden that often falls on women and children Solar energy is an exceptional opportunity for rural households that do not have access to electricity Pay As You Go PAYG technology breaks the cost barrier allowing the customer to make daily weekly or monthly payments according to their cash flow to activate their product on the way to obtaining the property Since its launch in 2021 Baobab is currently in the Kinshasa Kwilu and Kikwit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will soon enter Kwango Baobab is located in C te d Ivoire Mali Senegal Madagascar Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has equipped 250 000 households serving more than 1 5 million beneficiaries in the last six years Access to finance and digital A large proportion of the population in sub Saharan Africa also lacks access to credit 74 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 80 in Senegal due to a lack of collateral or credit history to obtain loans To increase access to finance in sub Saharan Africa Baobab in partnership with its microfinance parent company the Baobab Group complements its energy business by offering nanoloans to clients with a successful track record of repaying their loans for solar products DIV is also supporting this pilot nanoloan project in Senegal to help reach the bottom of the pyramid this offer will also be available later in other countries For Baobab access to energy is also a springboard to enable all African households to participate in the digital revolution In Senegal Ivory Coast Mali and Madagascar Baobab has pioneered the launch of a PAYG smartphone offer In association with local startups Baobab offers additional content that meets the needs of its customers such as e education health or small business activity management To date Baobab has equipped more than 110 000 homes with digital solutions The pan African group has proven its strength after the Covid 19 pandemic crisis in 2021 Baobab saw sustained business growth of more than 42 per year Alexandre Coster Co Founder and CEO of Baobab We sincerely thank DIV for their support This grant was key in our development It allowed us to expand in the DRC and get started faster This press release is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development USAID The contents are the responsibility of Baobab and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awards Baobab+   USAID DIV https bit ly 3MnYG6V USAID s open innovation program recently awarded a grant to Baobab www BAOBABPlus com the leading distributor of solar home systems in West Africa and Madagascar Empowering millions of lives with solar energy In the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC the need for access to energy is enormous with an estimated 9 percent having access to electricity Many of the 11 million households without electricity rely on expensive and polluting small diesel generators as well as charcoal and wood These standard power sources deplete the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and often require long distance travel to obtain supplies a burden that often falls on women and children Solar energy is an exceptional opportunity for rural households that do not have access to electricity Pay As You Go PAYG technology breaks the cost barrier allowing the customer to make daily weekly or monthly payments according to their cash flow to activate their product on the way to obtaining the property Since its launch in 2021 Baobab is currently in the Kinshasa Kwilu and Kikwit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will soon enter Kwango Baobab is located in C te d Ivoire Mali Senegal Madagascar Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has equipped 250 000 households serving more than 1 5 million beneficiaries in the last six years Access to finance and digital A large proportion of the population in sub Saharan Africa also lacks access to credit 74 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 80 in Senegal due to a lack of collateral or credit history to obtain loans To increase access to finance in sub Saharan Africa Baobab in partnership with its microfinance parent company the Baobab Group complements its energy business by offering nanoloans to clients with a successful track record of repaying their loans for solar products DIV is also supporting this pilot nanoloan project in Senegal to help reach the bottom of the pyramid this offer will also be available later in other countries For Baobab access to energy is also a springboard to enable all African households to participate in the digital revolution In Senegal Ivory Coast Mali and Madagascar Baobab has pioneered the launch of a PAYG smartphone offer In association with local startups Baobab offers additional content that meets the needs of its customers such as e education health or small business activity management To date Baobab has equipped more than 110 000 homes with digital solutions The pan African group has proven its strength after the Covid 19 pandemic crisis in 2021 Baobab saw sustained business growth of more than 42 per year Alexandre Coster Co Founder and CEO of Baobab We sincerely thank DIV for their support This grant was key in our development It allowed us to expand in the DRC and get started faster This press release is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development USAID The contents are the responsibility of Baobab and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government  .5 million to expand in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), providing access to energy to enable access to financing
    Africa2 months ago

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awards Baobab+ $1.5 million to expand in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), providing access to energy to enable access to financing

    USAID/DIV (https://bit.ly/3MnYG6V), USAID's open innovation program, recently awarded a grant to Baobab+ (www.BAOBABPlus.com), the leading distributor of solar home systems in West Africa and Madagascar.

    Empowering millions of lives with solar energy...

    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the need for access to energy is enormous, with an estimated 9 percent having access to electricity.

    Many of the 11 million households without electricity rely on expensive and polluting small diesel generators, as well as charcoal and wood.

    These standard power sources deplete the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and often require long-distance travel to obtain supplies, a burden that often falls on women and children.

    Solar energy is an exceptional opportunity for rural households that do not have access to electricity.

    Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) technology breaks the cost barrier, allowing the customer to make daily, weekly or monthly payments according to their cash flow to activate their product on the way to obtaining the property.

    Since its launch in 2021, Baobab+ is currently in the Kinshasa, Kwilu and Kikwit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will soon enter Kwango.

    Baobab+ is located in Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Madagascar, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has equipped 250,000 households serving more than 1.5 million beneficiaries in the last six years.

    ...Access to finance and digital!

    A large proportion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa also lacks access to credit (74% in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 80% in Senegal) due to a lack of collateral or credit history to obtain loans.

    To increase access to finance in sub-Saharan Africa, Baobab+, in partnership with its microfinance parent company, the Baobab Group, complements its energy business by offering nanoloans to clients with a successful track record of repaying their loans for solar products.

    DIV is also supporting this pilot nanoloan project in Senegal to help reach the bottom of the pyramid; this offer will also be available later in other countries.

    For Baobab+, access to energy is also a springboard to enable all African households to participate in the digital revolution.

    In Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and Madagascar, Baobab+ has pioneered the launch of a PAYG smartphone offer.

    In association with local startups, Baobab+ offers additional content that meets the needs of its customers, such as e-education, health or small business activity management.

    To date, Baobab+ has equipped more than 110,000 homes with digital solutions.

    The pan-African group has proven its strength after the Covid-19 pandemic crisis: in 2021, Baobab+ saw sustained business growth of more than 42% per year.

    Alexandre Coster, Co-Founder and CEO of Baobab+: "We sincerely thank DIV for their support.

    This grant was key in our development.

    It allowed us to expand in the DRC and get started faster."

    This press release is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    The contents are the responsibility of Baobab+ and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government."

  •   West Africa and the Sahel are experiencing a continued deterioration in food and nutrition conditions as a result of the worsening security crisis in the tri border area Burkina Faso Mali and Niger in the northwestern and central states of Nigeria in North Benin and Togo This situation confirms the forecasts of the Cadre Harmonis whose data indicated that approximately 38 3 million people would be in a situation of food and nutritional insecurity during the lean season June August and the situation would hardly improve before the end of 2022 In addition there has been a general increase in the price of basic foodstuffs due in part to the Russian Ukrainian crisis and this situation is contributing to the erosion of the purchasing power of households and affecting all socioeconomic categories especially the most vulnerable The FAO Subregional Office for West Africa and the Sahel has just developed a strategy to address the situation of food and nutrition insecurity in the subregion due to the combination of multidimensional and multifactorial crises In this strategy FAO in the immediate future according to the FAO Subregional Coordinator for West Africa and the Sahel Dr Gouantoueu Robert Gu i plans to support countries to initiate and carry out activities aimed at diversifying the food supply and import sources immediately redirect some of the available financial resources to increase support to the most vulnerable households food insecure and or internally displaced persons through the expansion of social protection systems to mitigate the effects of rising food and oil prices develop a robust mechanism for the joint procurement of fertilizers in the port and road corridors of the ECOWAS region mobilizing the main producers in the region to meet the demands of the mixers and fertilizer importers These immediate actions will be followed by others that will be carried out in the short and medium term according to the head of FAO in West Africa These include promoting the development of agricultural livestock and fisheries value chains according to the demand of the countries to reduce their dependence on food imports and increase their food sovereignty Strengthen the adoption and digitization of agriculture input supply system marketing system E advice improve the added value of agricultural and fishery products facilitate market access and support the reduction of food losses and waste implement the institutional regulatory and legislative measures required to facilitate the implementation of the project improve the absorptive capacity of financial resources allocated to crisis response through the use of regulatory mechanisms for acquisition procurement and selection in accordance with FAO quality standards The management team of the FAO Subregional Office in West Africa has increased its efforts to strengthen partnerships in order to mobilize more resources to implement this strategy while supporting the countries of the subregion to face the food crisis
    Food crisis in West Africa and the Sahel: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proposes a strategy
      West Africa and the Sahel are experiencing a continued deterioration in food and nutrition conditions as a result of the worsening security crisis in the tri border area Burkina Faso Mali and Niger in the northwestern and central states of Nigeria in North Benin and Togo This situation confirms the forecasts of the Cadre Harmonis whose data indicated that approximately 38 3 million people would be in a situation of food and nutritional insecurity during the lean season June August and the situation would hardly improve before the end of 2022 In addition there has been a general increase in the price of basic foodstuffs due in part to the Russian Ukrainian crisis and this situation is contributing to the erosion of the purchasing power of households and affecting all socioeconomic categories especially the most vulnerable The FAO Subregional Office for West Africa and the Sahel has just developed a strategy to address the situation of food and nutrition insecurity in the subregion due to the combination of multidimensional and multifactorial crises In this strategy FAO in the immediate future according to the FAO Subregional Coordinator for West Africa and the Sahel Dr Gouantoueu Robert Gu i plans to support countries to initiate and carry out activities aimed at diversifying the food supply and import sources immediately redirect some of the available financial resources to increase support to the most vulnerable households food insecure and or internally displaced persons through the expansion of social protection systems to mitigate the effects of rising food and oil prices develop a robust mechanism for the joint procurement of fertilizers in the port and road corridors of the ECOWAS region mobilizing the main producers in the region to meet the demands of the mixers and fertilizer importers These immediate actions will be followed by others that will be carried out in the short and medium term according to the head of FAO in West Africa These include promoting the development of agricultural livestock and fisheries value chains according to the demand of the countries to reduce their dependence on food imports and increase their food sovereignty Strengthen the adoption and digitization of agriculture input supply system marketing system E advice improve the added value of agricultural and fishery products facilitate market access and support the reduction of food losses and waste implement the institutional regulatory and legislative measures required to facilitate the implementation of the project improve the absorptive capacity of financial resources allocated to crisis response through the use of regulatory mechanisms for acquisition procurement and selection in accordance with FAO quality standards The management team of the FAO Subregional Office in West Africa has increased its efforts to strengthen partnerships in order to mobilize more resources to implement this strategy while supporting the countries of the subregion to face the food crisis
    Food crisis in West Africa and the Sahel: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proposes a strategy
    Africa2 months ago

    Food crisis in West Africa and the Sahel: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proposes a strategy

    West Africa and the Sahel are experiencing a continued deterioration in food and nutrition conditions as a result of the worsening security crisis in the tri-border area (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger), in the northwestern and central states of Nigeria , in North Benin and Togo. This situation confirms the forecasts of the Cadre Harmonisé, whose data indicated that “approximately 38.3 million people would be in a situation of food and nutritional insecurity during the lean season (June-August) and the situation would hardly improve before the end of 2022” .

    In addition, there has been a general increase in the price of basic foodstuffs due in part to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and this situation is contributing to the erosion of the purchasing power of households and affecting all socioeconomic categories, especially the most vulnerable.

    The FAO Subregional Office for West Africa and the Sahel has just developed a strategy to address the situation of food and nutrition insecurity in the subregion due to the combination of multidimensional and multifactorial crises.

    In this strategy, FAO in the immediate future, according to the FAO Subregional Coordinator for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Gouantoueu Robert Guéi, plans to support countries to initiate and carry out activities aimed at: - diversifying the food supply and import sources - immediately redirect some of the available financial resources to increase support to the most vulnerable households (food insecure and/or internally displaced persons) through the expansion of social protection systems to mitigate the effects of rising food and oil prices - develop a robust mechanism for the joint procurement of fertilizers in the port and road corridors of the ECOWAS region, mobilizing the main producers in the region to meet the demands of the mixers and fertilizer importers.

    These immediate actions will be followed by others that will be carried out in the short and medium term, according to the head of FAO in West Africa.

    These include - promoting the development of agricultural, livestock and fisheries value chains according to the demand of the countries to reduce their dependence on food imports and increase their food sovereignty; - Strengthen the adoption and digitization of agriculture (input supply system, marketing system, E-advice); - improve the added value of agricultural and fishery products, facilitate market access and support the reduction of food losses and waste; - implement the institutional, regulatory and legislative measures required to facilitate the implementation of the project; - improve the absorptive capacity of financial resources allocated to crisis response through the use of regulatory mechanisms for acquisition, procurement and selection in accordance with FAO quality standards.

    The management team of the FAO Subregional Office in West Africa has increased its efforts to strengthen partnerships in order to mobilize more resources to implement this strategy while supporting the countries of the subregion to face the food crisis.

  •   Cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union AU is stronger than ever however significant challenges remain Secretary General Ant nio Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday Governance and Terrorist Threats Addressing current challenges in Africa the UN chief said the use of force is too often seen as the only method of resolving disputes The continent has also seen a rise in unconstitutional changes of government while extremist Da esh and al Qaida affiliates are carrying out deadly attacks in the Sahel and attempting to extend their reach In addition protracted conflicts and dire humanitarian situations continue to affect the Horn of Africa Ethiopia the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo Mali Sudan and Libya Detect conflicts early Violence against women especially women human rights defenders is on the rise he continued We are also seeing an increase in disinformation and hate speech which are often used as weapons of war The Secretary General said that the solution is clear African states must develop the capacity to detect the early signs of conflict and prevent it from escalating into violence It is equally essential to address gaps in governance including restrictions on human rights and freedoms that undermine stability and sustainable development he added Climate action The UN chief also stressed the need to combat the climate emergency which is causing disasters such as droughts hurricanes and flash floods For many Africans climate change is not a distant threat but a daily reality he said even though the continent barely contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions This is a textbook case of moral and economic injustice he said Mr Guterres praised the many African states regions and municipalities that are taking bold climate action despite serious challenges Appeal to rich countries Just weeks before the UN COP27 conference on climate change in Egypt he urged rich governments to honor their commitments to provide 100 billion annually to support mitigation and adaptation in developing countries COP27 must also provide concrete actions on loss and damage he said This is not just a question of trust between developed and developing countries For many countries and particularly in Africa it is a matter of survival Meanwhile the COVID 19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have helped fuel an unprecedented global cost of living crisis with severe social and economic impacts The most vulnerable people in the world have been the most affected Describing the situation as unacceptable the UN chief recalled his recent call for a massive boost in development assistance International financial institutions and multilateral banks must remove the barriers that prevent developing countries from accessing the financing they need We also need an effective global debt relief mechanism Many African countries are in urgent need of making this mechanism work he said Access for Africa In his briefing to the Council Moussa Faki Mahamat chairman of the AU Commission said that Africa is the most discussed issue in the United Nations Some 70 percent of UN peacekeeping missions are there and he wondered how many millions of dollars have been spent and what has been the result Mr Faki who participated by videoconference said that Africa has made sacrifices in the pursuit of peace and security Africa still faces many challenges and we need other things beyond declarations We need to set a time frame to discuss the future of Africa he said speaking in French The continent must also have access to the unlimited universe of science and new technologies he said Strengthen ties Let one part of the planet not continue to buckle under the weight of its opulence while the other half groans under the pangs of hunger and misery he said Mr Faki called for the UN AU partnership to be further strengthened in particular between their specialized agencies special envoys and respective bodies for peacekeeping and security The business of peace in Africa is too complex not to open the corridors to find its solutions for all of us in respect equality solidarity inclusion and sharing he said
    Guterres: the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is a “cornerstone of multilateralism”
      Cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union AU is stronger than ever however significant challenges remain Secretary General Ant nio Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday Governance and Terrorist Threats Addressing current challenges in Africa the UN chief said the use of force is too often seen as the only method of resolving disputes The continent has also seen a rise in unconstitutional changes of government while extremist Da esh and al Qaida affiliates are carrying out deadly attacks in the Sahel and attempting to extend their reach In addition protracted conflicts and dire humanitarian situations continue to affect the Horn of Africa Ethiopia the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo Mali Sudan and Libya Detect conflicts early Violence against women especially women human rights defenders is on the rise he continued We are also seeing an increase in disinformation and hate speech which are often used as weapons of war The Secretary General said that the solution is clear African states must develop the capacity to detect the early signs of conflict and prevent it from escalating into violence It is equally essential to address gaps in governance including restrictions on human rights and freedoms that undermine stability and sustainable development he added Climate action The UN chief also stressed the need to combat the climate emergency which is causing disasters such as droughts hurricanes and flash floods For many Africans climate change is not a distant threat but a daily reality he said even though the continent barely contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions This is a textbook case of moral and economic injustice he said Mr Guterres praised the many African states regions and municipalities that are taking bold climate action despite serious challenges Appeal to rich countries Just weeks before the UN COP27 conference on climate change in Egypt he urged rich governments to honor their commitments to provide 100 billion annually to support mitigation and adaptation in developing countries COP27 must also provide concrete actions on loss and damage he said This is not just a question of trust between developed and developing countries For many countries and particularly in Africa it is a matter of survival Meanwhile the COVID 19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have helped fuel an unprecedented global cost of living crisis with severe social and economic impacts The most vulnerable people in the world have been the most affected Describing the situation as unacceptable the UN chief recalled his recent call for a massive boost in development assistance International financial institutions and multilateral banks must remove the barriers that prevent developing countries from accessing the financing they need We also need an effective global debt relief mechanism Many African countries are in urgent need of making this mechanism work he said Access for Africa In his briefing to the Council Moussa Faki Mahamat chairman of the AU Commission said that Africa is the most discussed issue in the United Nations Some 70 percent of UN peacekeeping missions are there and he wondered how many millions of dollars have been spent and what has been the result Mr Faki who participated by videoconference said that Africa has made sacrifices in the pursuit of peace and security Africa still faces many challenges and we need other things beyond declarations We need to set a time frame to discuss the future of Africa he said speaking in French The continent must also have access to the unlimited universe of science and new technologies he said Strengthen ties Let one part of the planet not continue to buckle under the weight of its opulence while the other half groans under the pangs of hunger and misery he said Mr Faki called for the UN AU partnership to be further strengthened in particular between their specialized agencies special envoys and respective bodies for peacekeeping and security The business of peace in Africa is too complex not to open the corridors to find its solutions for all of us in respect equality solidarity inclusion and sharing he said
    Guterres: the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is a “cornerstone of multilateralism”
    Africa2 months ago

    Guterres: the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is a “cornerstone of multilateralism”

    Cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union (AU) is stronger than ever, however significant challenges remain, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday.

    Governance and Terrorist Threats Addressing current challenges in Africa, the UN chief said the use of force is "too often seen as the only method of resolving disputes."

    The continent has also seen a rise in unconstitutional changes of government, while extremist Da'esh and al-Qaida affiliates are carrying out deadly attacks in the Sahel and attempting to extend their reach.

    In addition, protracted conflicts and dire humanitarian situations continue to affect the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Sudan and Libya.

    Detect conflicts early “Violence against women, especially women human rights defenders, is on the rise,” he continued.

    “We are also seeing an increase in disinformation and hate speech, which are often used as weapons of war.” The Secretary General said that the solution is clear.

    African states must develop the capacity to detect the early signs of conflict and prevent it from escalating into violence.

    "It is equally essential to address gaps in governance, including restrictions on human rights and freedoms, that undermine stability and sustainable development," he added.

    Climate action The UN chief also stressed the need to combat the climate emergency, which is causing disasters such as droughts, hurricanes and flash floods.

    For many Africans, climate change is "not a distant threat, but a daily reality," he said, even though the continent barely contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions.

    "This is a textbook case of moral and economic injustice," he said.

    Mr. Guterres praised the many African states, regions and municipalities that are taking bold climate action, despite serious challenges.

    Appeal to rich countries Just weeks before the UN COP27 conference on climate change in Egypt, he urged rich governments to honor their commitments to provide $100 billion annually to support mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

    .

    “COP27 must also provide concrete actions on loss and damage,” he said.

    “This is not just a question of trust between developed and developing countries.

    For many countries, and particularly in Africa, it is a matter of survival."

    Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have helped fuel an unprecedented global cost-of-living crisis, with severe social and economic impacts.

    The most vulnerable people in the world have been the most affected.

    Describing the situation as "unacceptable", the UN chief recalled his recent call for a massive boost in development assistance.

    “International financial institutions and multilateral banks must remove the barriers that prevent developing countries from accessing the financing they need.

    We also need an effective global debt relief mechanism.

    Many African countries are in urgent need of making this mechanism work,” he said.

    Access for Africa In his briefing to the Council, Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the AU Commission, said that Africa is “the most discussed issue in the United Nations”.

    Some 70 percent of UN peacekeeping missions are there, and he wondered how many millions of dollars have been spent and what has been the result.

    Mr. Faki, who participated by videoconference, said that Africa has made sacrifices in the pursuit of peace and security.

    “Africa still faces many challenges and we need other things beyond declarations.

    We need to set a time frame to discuss the future of Africa,” he said, speaking in French.

    The continent must also have access to the "unlimited universe of science and new technologies," he said.

    Strengthen ties “Let one part of the planet not continue to buckle under the weight of its opulence while the other half groans under the pangs of hunger and misery,” he said.

    Mr. Faki called for the UN-AU partnership to be further strengthened, in particular between their specialized agencies, special envoys and respective bodies for peacekeeping and security.

    "The business of peace in Africa is too complex not to open the corridors to find its solutions for all of us in respect, equality, solidarity, inclusion and sharing," he said.

  •   Amid ongoing troop rotations in Mopti female peacekeepers serving in the Pakistani contingent reflect on their many accomplishments with pride Pakistan is one of the countries that has served the most troops and police in UN peacekeeping operations However in Mopti Central Mali this contingent brings much more than just troops having built a state of the art military hospital from scratch Pakistani peacekeepers also provide vital medical assistance for Blue Helmets from each contingent who are injured while serving in the line of duty as well as Malian civilians and members of the Malian Security and Defense Forces MDSF Inside the Level 2 hospital a key logistical asset for MINUSMA Pakistani women take pride in being at the forefront of urgent medical and surgical care reflecting their country s long standing commitment to championing the role of women in promoting of sustainable peace and security A Challenging Context Lt Col Ambreen EHSAN and Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI part of the pioneering team that built this innovative field medical facility describe the honor they feel in serving humanity by serving their country Pakistan has played a leading role especially in military medical services and has maintained high standards of medical services for peacekeepers as well as war affected civilians explains Lt Col Ambreen EHSAN This is no small thing in the extremely volatile security environment in Mali The United Nations Peace Mission in Mali MINUSMA is one of the most dangerous places in the world for Blue Helmets Since the Mission was founded in 2013 more than 250 MINUSMA peacekeepers have lost their lives while trying to bring lasting peace to the West African nation Blue Helmets not only continue to be the deliberate target of armed terrorist groups but also regularly face threats posed by landmines and improvised explosive devices IEDs causing life threatening injuries that the Pakistani medical contingent is the first to try Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI emphasizes that a challenging environment like this has really chiseled and honed our professional effectiveness in terms of providing medical care in the field in terms of safely evacuating casualties from the field to medical facilities and then providing assistance for Save lives medical and surgical care in our hospital In hindsight our professional effectiveness and skills were tested over and over again however we overcame all challenges and played an important role in keeping the peace A Strong Commitment to Health and Peace Since 1960 Pakistan has contributed more than 200 000 service men and women to 46 UN missions around the world The nation s commitment to peace is evident and Lieutenant Colonel Ambreen EHSAN makes it clear that this is part of his ethos Since the inception of Pakistan the nation has been trying to support the oppressed nations of the world Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI agreed chiming in that our founding ancestor Muhammad Ali Jinnah said our goal must be inner peace and outer peace this is what we fight for here and beyond the borders of our country Throughout their year long deployment both women Blue Helmets have embodied these core values for their nation and have played a central role in building lasting peace in Mali From managing casualties to managing emergencies doctors their work has earned them the respect and trust of their patients and fellow peacekeepers The best and the brightest The Pakistan Army selects the best officers and soldiers to send on the many peacekeeping missions which it contributes troops to so the Mopti military hospital s success in terms of customer satisfaction is no surprise First time peacemaker Maj Farah Javed FAR OOQI admits that she leaves fully conscious due to the overwhelming response of gratitude towards her team s performance both from patients and visiting dignitaries Nothing makes you happier and more fulfilled than treating and bringing smiles to the faces of people who have suffered and who have been hurt physically and mentally Lt Col Ambreen EHSAN agrees Establishing a hospital from the ground up and building and maintaining international standards for patient care and achieving full patient satisfaction has been our honor and pride Despite their enthusiasm to return to their families after more than a year of rewarding service in central Mali the duo admit that a certain amount of sentimentality set in on the eve of their departure Recalling her first peacekeeping experience in Mali Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI describes his stay as unforgettable It is a beautiful land a land carpeted in red with beautiful people big giving hearts and soft language and we have been made to feel trusted enough to give them the best care we could in our professional capacity
    Pakistani women peacekeepers in front of a military hospital in Mali
      Amid ongoing troop rotations in Mopti female peacekeepers serving in the Pakistani contingent reflect on their many accomplishments with pride Pakistan is one of the countries that has served the most troops and police in UN peacekeeping operations However in Mopti Central Mali this contingent brings much more than just troops having built a state of the art military hospital from scratch Pakistani peacekeepers also provide vital medical assistance for Blue Helmets from each contingent who are injured while serving in the line of duty as well as Malian civilians and members of the Malian Security and Defense Forces MDSF Inside the Level 2 hospital a key logistical asset for MINUSMA Pakistani women take pride in being at the forefront of urgent medical and surgical care reflecting their country s long standing commitment to championing the role of women in promoting of sustainable peace and security A Challenging Context Lt Col Ambreen EHSAN and Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI part of the pioneering team that built this innovative field medical facility describe the honor they feel in serving humanity by serving their country Pakistan has played a leading role especially in military medical services and has maintained high standards of medical services for peacekeepers as well as war affected civilians explains Lt Col Ambreen EHSAN This is no small thing in the extremely volatile security environment in Mali The United Nations Peace Mission in Mali MINUSMA is one of the most dangerous places in the world for Blue Helmets Since the Mission was founded in 2013 more than 250 MINUSMA peacekeepers have lost their lives while trying to bring lasting peace to the West African nation Blue Helmets not only continue to be the deliberate target of armed terrorist groups but also regularly face threats posed by landmines and improvised explosive devices IEDs causing life threatening injuries that the Pakistani medical contingent is the first to try Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI emphasizes that a challenging environment like this has really chiseled and honed our professional effectiveness in terms of providing medical care in the field in terms of safely evacuating casualties from the field to medical facilities and then providing assistance for Save lives medical and surgical care in our hospital In hindsight our professional effectiveness and skills were tested over and over again however we overcame all challenges and played an important role in keeping the peace A Strong Commitment to Health and Peace Since 1960 Pakistan has contributed more than 200 000 service men and women to 46 UN missions around the world The nation s commitment to peace is evident and Lieutenant Colonel Ambreen EHSAN makes it clear that this is part of his ethos Since the inception of Pakistan the nation has been trying to support the oppressed nations of the world Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI agreed chiming in that our founding ancestor Muhammad Ali Jinnah said our goal must be inner peace and outer peace this is what we fight for here and beyond the borders of our country Throughout their year long deployment both women Blue Helmets have embodied these core values for their nation and have played a central role in building lasting peace in Mali From managing casualties to managing emergencies doctors their work has earned them the respect and trust of their patients and fellow peacekeepers The best and the brightest The Pakistan Army selects the best officers and soldiers to send on the many peacekeeping missions which it contributes troops to so the Mopti military hospital s success in terms of customer satisfaction is no surprise First time peacemaker Maj Farah Javed FAR OOQI admits that she leaves fully conscious due to the overwhelming response of gratitude towards her team s performance both from patients and visiting dignitaries Nothing makes you happier and more fulfilled than treating and bringing smiles to the faces of people who have suffered and who have been hurt physically and mentally Lt Col Ambreen EHSAN agrees Establishing a hospital from the ground up and building and maintaining international standards for patient care and achieving full patient satisfaction has been our honor and pride Despite their enthusiasm to return to their families after more than a year of rewarding service in central Mali the duo admit that a certain amount of sentimentality set in on the eve of their departure Recalling her first peacekeeping experience in Mali Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI describes his stay as unforgettable It is a beautiful land a land carpeted in red with beautiful people big giving hearts and soft language and we have been made to feel trusted enough to give them the best care we could in our professional capacity
    Pakistani women peacekeepers in front of a military hospital in Mali
    Africa2 months ago

    Pakistani women peacekeepers in front of a military hospital in Mali

    Amid ongoing troop rotations in Mopti, female peacekeepers serving in the Pakistani contingent reflect on their many accomplishments with pride.

    Pakistan is one of the countries that has served the most troops and police in UN peacekeeping operations.

    However, in Mopti, Central Mali, this contingent brings much more than just troops: having built a state-of-the-art military hospital from scratch, Pakistani peacekeepers also provide vital medical assistance for Blue Helmets from each contingent who are injured while serving.

    in the line of duty, as well as Malian civilians and members of the Malian Security and Defense Forces (MDSF).

    Inside the Level 2 hospital, a key logistical asset for MINUSMA, Pakistani women take pride in being at the forefront of urgent medical and surgical care, reflecting their country's long-standing commitment to championing the role of women in promoting of sustainable peace and security.

    A Challenging Context Lt. Col. Ambreen EHSAN and Maj. Farah Javed FAROOQI, part of the pioneering team that built this innovative field medical facility, describe the honor they feel in serving humanity by serving their country.

    “Pakistan has played a leading role, especially in military medical services, and has maintained high standards of medical services for peacekeepers as well as war-affected civilians,” explains Lt. Col. Ambreen EHSAN.

    This is no small thing in the extremely volatile security environment in Mali. The United Nations Peace Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is one of the most dangerous places in the world for Blue Helmets.

    Since the Mission was founded in 2013, more than 250 MINUSMA peacekeepers have lost their lives while trying to bring lasting peace to the West African nation.

    Blue Helmets not only continue to be the deliberate target of armed terrorist groups, but also regularly face threats posed by landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), causing life-threatening injuries that the Pakistani medical contingent is the first to try.

    Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI emphasizes that “a challenging environment like this has really chiseled and honed our professional effectiveness in terms of providing medical care in the field, in terms of safely evacuating casualties from the field to medical facilities and then providing assistance.

    for Save lives.

    medical and surgical care in our hospital.

    In hindsight, our professional effectiveness and skills were tested over and over again; however, we overcame all challenges and played an important role in keeping the peace.” A Strong Commitment to Health and Peace Since 1960, Pakistan has contributed more than 200,000 service men and women to 46 UN missions around the world.

    The nation's commitment to peace is evident and Lieutenant Colonel Ambreen EHSAN makes it clear that this is part of his ethos.

    "Since the inception of Pakistan, the nation has been trying to support the oppressed nations of the world."

    Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI agreed, chiming in that "our founding ancestor Muhammad Ali Jinnah said 'our goal must be inner peace and outer peace, this is what we fight for here and beyond the borders of our country.

    Throughout their year-long deployment, both women Blue Helmets have embodied these core values ​​for their nation and have played a central role in building lasting peace in Mali. From managing casualties to managing emergencies doctors, their work has earned them the respect and trust of their patients and fellow peacekeepers The best and the brightest The Pakistan Army selects the best officers and soldiers to send on the many peacekeeping missions which it contributes troops to, so the Mopti military hospital's success in terms of customer satisfaction is no surprise First-time peacemaker Maj Farah Javed FAR OOQI admits that she leaves fully conscious due to the overwhelming response of gratitude towards her team's performance, both from patients and visiting dignitaries.

    "Nothing makes you happier and more fulfilled than treating and bringing smiles to the faces of people who have suffered and who have been hurt, physically and mentally."

    Lt. Col. Ambreen EHSAN agrees.

    "Establishing a hospital from the ground up and building and maintaining international standards for patient care and achieving full patient satisfaction has been our honor and pride."

    Despite their enthusiasm to return to their families after more than a year of rewarding service in central Mali, the duo admit that a certain amount of sentimentality set in on the eve of their departure.

    Recalling her first peacekeeping experience in Mali, Maj Farah Javed FAROOQI describes his stay as unforgettable.

    “It is a beautiful land, a land carpeted in red, with beautiful people, big giving hearts and soft language, and we have been made to feel trusted enough to give them the best care we could in our professional capacity.”

  •   At the end of a five day visit to Morocco the executive directors of the African Development Bank Group www AfDB org praised the Moroccan government s vision for development and the progress the country has made The Bank Group Board delegation of some 10 CEOs accompanied by Country Manager for Morocco Achraf Hassan Tarsim met with government officials civil authorities and private sector representatives The meetings along with the field visits allowed them to assess the Bank s commitments in the North African country and better understand its development prospects In a meeting with Economy and Finance Minister Nadia Fettah the directors reviewed the government s priorities and discussed areas for further cooperation He called for more technical and financial support to boost economic and social development in Morocco We thank the African Development Bank for the support provided to our country in the implementation of various structural reforms and infrastructure projects which have contributed significantly to a better inclusion of the population especially youth and women said Fettah The delegation s spokesman D sir Guedon executive director for Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde Comoros Gabon Mali Niger and Senegal described the partnership between Morocco and the Bank as exemplary Our association will serve as an excellent platform to accelerate the rise of Morocco he said Guedon praised the government s ongoing reform program saying it has made Morocco a model of development to follow The directors spoke with the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development Leila Benali about the progress of cooperation to promote the exchange of experiences in the energy transition The General Manager of Tamwilcom a public guarantee and financing company Hicham Serghini Zanati briefed CEOs on the firm s work saying it facilitates access to finance for young and women entrepreneurs startups and the private sector If there is an institution that has supported us from the beginning and with which everything works very well it is the African Development Bank It has supported the modernization of our procedures and information systems Zanati said In Casablanca the vice president of the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies Mehdi Tazi said that the African Development Bank has a strategic role in helping to achieve the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area The Executive Directors of the Bank Group also met with representatives of Casablanca Finance City CFC The law creating the Financial City was part of the Bank s program to promote the development of the country s financial sector We have so many achievements through our partnership with the African Development Bank said Lamia Marzouki CFC Deputy Director General Directors assured the group that the Bank will support the Financial City of Casablanca to strengthen legal and regulatory frameworks for African financial sectors and deepen the continent s economic integration To better understand the expectations of young people the delegation interacted with a group of young entrepreneurs and start ups supported by the Bank Entrepreneurship is a high priority for the Bank These young people are true vectors of innovation and value creation We will always be by your side said the Bank delegation At the Oum Azza site in Rabat the delegation visited a Bank financed water treatment and pumping station This station supplies more than five million people on the Rabat Casablanca axis Our joint achievements have enabled 15 million people in some 30 Moroccan cities to access drinking water supply and distribution systems the CEOs stressed The national electricity and drinking water company ONEE has benefited from Bank support since the 1970s The Bank is among the largest contributors to Morocco s water and electricity sector with more than 1 2 billion in investments We have achieved many things together in the water and electricity sectors It is an exemplary association that works and has real added value said Abderrahim El Hafidi director general of ONEE The directors also visited the Rabat Agdal railway station and traveled by train The Bank has supported railway modernization through the project to increase the capacity of the Tangier Marrakech railway axis which has increased the number of tracks and equipped with state of the art railway stations The African Development Bank Group has been active in Morocco for more than half a century with more than 12 billion in commitments The portfolio covers health energy water transportation human development agriculture and the financial sector
    Morocco: African Development Bank Group CEOs praise country’s development progress
      At the end of a five day visit to Morocco the executive directors of the African Development Bank Group www AfDB org praised the Moroccan government s vision for development and the progress the country has made The Bank Group Board delegation of some 10 CEOs accompanied by Country Manager for Morocco Achraf Hassan Tarsim met with government officials civil authorities and private sector representatives The meetings along with the field visits allowed them to assess the Bank s commitments in the North African country and better understand its development prospects In a meeting with Economy and Finance Minister Nadia Fettah the directors reviewed the government s priorities and discussed areas for further cooperation He called for more technical and financial support to boost economic and social development in Morocco We thank the African Development Bank for the support provided to our country in the implementation of various structural reforms and infrastructure projects which have contributed significantly to a better inclusion of the population especially youth and women said Fettah The delegation s spokesman D sir Guedon executive director for Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde Comoros Gabon Mali Niger and Senegal described the partnership between Morocco and the Bank as exemplary Our association will serve as an excellent platform to accelerate the rise of Morocco he said Guedon praised the government s ongoing reform program saying it has made Morocco a model of development to follow The directors spoke with the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development Leila Benali about the progress of cooperation to promote the exchange of experiences in the energy transition The General Manager of Tamwilcom a public guarantee and financing company Hicham Serghini Zanati briefed CEOs on the firm s work saying it facilitates access to finance for young and women entrepreneurs startups and the private sector If there is an institution that has supported us from the beginning and with which everything works very well it is the African Development Bank It has supported the modernization of our procedures and information systems Zanati said In Casablanca the vice president of the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies Mehdi Tazi said that the African Development Bank has a strategic role in helping to achieve the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area The Executive Directors of the Bank Group also met with representatives of Casablanca Finance City CFC The law creating the Financial City was part of the Bank s program to promote the development of the country s financial sector We have so many achievements through our partnership with the African Development Bank said Lamia Marzouki CFC Deputy Director General Directors assured the group that the Bank will support the Financial City of Casablanca to strengthen legal and regulatory frameworks for African financial sectors and deepen the continent s economic integration To better understand the expectations of young people the delegation interacted with a group of young entrepreneurs and start ups supported by the Bank Entrepreneurship is a high priority for the Bank These young people are true vectors of innovation and value creation We will always be by your side said the Bank delegation At the Oum Azza site in Rabat the delegation visited a Bank financed water treatment and pumping station This station supplies more than five million people on the Rabat Casablanca axis Our joint achievements have enabled 15 million people in some 30 Moroccan cities to access drinking water supply and distribution systems the CEOs stressed The national electricity and drinking water company ONEE has benefited from Bank support since the 1970s The Bank is among the largest contributors to Morocco s water and electricity sector with more than 1 2 billion in investments We have achieved many things together in the water and electricity sectors It is an exemplary association that works and has real added value said Abderrahim El Hafidi director general of ONEE The directors also visited the Rabat Agdal railway station and traveled by train The Bank has supported railway modernization through the project to increase the capacity of the Tangier Marrakech railway axis which has increased the number of tracks and equipped with state of the art railway stations The African Development Bank Group has been active in Morocco for more than half a century with more than 12 billion in commitments The portfolio covers health energy water transportation human development agriculture and the financial sector
    Morocco: African Development Bank Group CEOs praise country’s development progress
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    Morocco: African Development Bank Group CEOs praise country’s development progress

    At the end of a five-day visit to Morocco, the executive directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) praised the Moroccan government's vision for development and the progress the country has made.

    The Bank Group Board delegation of some 10 CEOs, accompanied by Country Manager for Morocco, Achraf Hassan Tarsim, met with government officials, civil authorities, and private sector representatives.

    The meetings, along with the field visits, allowed them to assess the Bank's commitments in the North African country and better understand its development prospects.

    In a meeting with Economy and Finance Minister Nadia Fettah, the directors reviewed the government's priorities and discussed areas for further cooperation.

    He called for more technical and financial support to boost economic and social development in Morocco.

    "We thank the African Development Bank for the support provided to our country in the implementation of various structural reforms and infrastructure projects, which have contributed significantly to a better inclusion of the population, especially youth and women," said Fettah.

    The delegation's spokesman, Désiré Guedon, executive director for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Gabon, Mali, Niger and Senegal, described the partnership between Morocco and the Bank as exemplary.

    "Our association will serve as an excellent platform to accelerate the rise of Morocco," he said.

    Guedon praised the government's ongoing reform program, saying it has made Morocco a model of development to follow.

    The directors spoke with the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, about the progress of cooperation to promote the exchange of experiences in the energy transition.

    The General Manager of Tamwilcom, a public guarantee and financing company, Hicham Serghini Zanati briefed CEOs on the firm's work, saying it facilitates access to finance for young and women entrepreneurs, startups and the private sector.

    “If there is an institution that has supported us from the beginning and with which everything works very well, it is the African Development Bank. It has supported the modernization of our procedures and information systems,” Zanati said.

    In Casablanca, the vice-president of the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies, Mehdi Tazi, said that the African Development Bank has a strategic role in helping to achieve the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area. The Executive Directors of the Bank Group also met with representatives of Casablanca Finance City (CFC).

    The law creating the Financial City was part of the Bank's program to promote the development of the country's financial sector.

    “We have so many achievements through our partnership with the African Development Bank,” said Lamia Marzouki, CFC Deputy Director General.

    Directors assured the group that the Bank will support the Financial City of Casablanca to strengthen legal and regulatory frameworks for African financial sectors and deepen the continent's economic integration.

    To better understand the expectations of young people, the delegation interacted with a group of young entrepreneurs and start-ups supported by the Bank. “Entrepreneurship is a high priority for the Bank. These young people are true vectors of innovation and value creation.

    We will always be by your side”, said the Bank delegation.

    At the Oum Azza site in Rabat, the delegation visited a Bank-financed water treatment and pumping station.

    This station supplies more than five million people on the Rabat-Casablanca axis.

    "Our joint achievements have enabled 15 million people in some 30 Moroccan cities to access drinking water supply and distribution systems," the CEOs stressed.

    The national electricity and drinking water company, ONEE, has benefited from Bank support since the 1970s.

    The Bank is among the largest contributors to Morocco's water and electricity sector, with more than $1.2 billion in investments.

    “We have achieved many things together in the water and electricity sectors.

    It is an exemplary association that works and has real added value”, said Abderrahim El Hafidi, director general of ONEE.

    The directors also visited the Rabat-Agdal railway station and traveled by train.

    The Bank has supported railway modernization through the project to increase the capacity of the Tangier-Marrakech railway axis, which has increased the number of tracks and equipped with state-of-the-art railway stations.

    The African Development Bank Group has been active in Morocco for more than half a century with more than €12 billion in commitments.

    The portfolio covers health, energy, water, transportation, human development, agriculture, and the financial sector.

  •   Women and girls are denied the same legal rights as men and boys in many African countries including when it comes to marriage This puts millions of people at increased risk of human rights violations including child marriage spousal rape forced pregnancy and domestic violence To highlight the changes that governments in the region and elsewhere must make to end sex discrimination in marital status laws the international human rights organization Equality Now https bit ly 3TrzkHN publishes a new policy brief on International Day of the Girl https bit ly 3CIYj3w Laws that discriminate on the basis of sex in relation to marital status govern some of the most intimate aspects of our lives marriage divorce custody and guardianship They have proven to be one of the most difficult areas of legal change to deal with because they are embedded within the family which is seen as a cornerstone of society and is linked to deeply held beliefs about religion tradition and culture Reforms are routinely and forcefully misrepresented by opponents as a threat to religion family and identity However the right to culture and religion are human rights but they cannot replace a person s fundamental right to equality Child marriage discrimination on the age of marriage prohibition and harmonization of laws Girls are disproportionately affected by discriminatory laws and practices on the minimum age of marriage in all religions ethnicities geographies and cultures Before the COVID pandemic child marriage affected 12 million girls https uni cf 2w7BSCn annually with even more entering informal unions involving cohabitation without legal marriage registration The pandemic has exacerbated the problem and UNICEF estimates that another ten million girls https bit ly 3CNEUi9 are at risk of being married before the age of 18 over the next decade Marrying girls while they are still children exposes them to further human rights violations such as early and forced pregnancy lack of access to education and employment domestic abuse discrimination and subordination Excluded from decision making about the timing of marriage and choice of spouse girls often face an abrupt and traumatic initiation into sexual relationships By denying them the right to consent they are essentially subject to rape legal rape and those who become pregnant before they are biologically ready are at additional risk of miscarriage postpartum haemorrhage obstetric fistula and even death A child cannot consent to marriage and in accordance with international and regional law the minimum age of marriage must be 18 years without exception whether governed by civil religious or customary law Countries must implement the Beijing Platform for Action in particular paragraphs 274 e and 275 b which call on states to enact and strictly enforce laws relating to the minimum age for marriage and raise the minimum age for marriage when necessary and generate social support for compliance Equality Now welcomes recent reforms in both the Dominican Republic and Cuba States must take a comprehensive legal approach to preventing child marriage as outlined in the report while also recognizing the evolution of adolescent sexuality Wife Obedience Forced Marriage and Polygamy The right to equality and non discrimination before the law is violated in other ways such as in the case of forced marriage when the spouse does not give free and full consent to the marriage This is sometimes sanctioned by laws that allow guardians often men to give consent on behalf of a woman or girl An adult or judge should never be able to consent to marriage on behalf of a child or adult woman Polygamy is another violation that is still allowed in several countries including Algeria Indonesia Kenya Malaysia Mali and Tanzania When a husband has multiple wives women face serious challenges such as diminished inheritance rights and increased exposure to life threatening health conditions such as HIV AIDS due to their spouse having multiple sexual partners In Zambia the Marriage Act exempts all marriages under any African customary law from the minimum age requirements for marriage normally 21 years However there is no minimum age of consent for marriage under common law and customary practice allows any girl who has reached puberty to marry In neighboring Tanzania the Marriage Law allows marriage for girls as young as 15 but for boys the minimum age is 18 18 is illegal The Tanzanian government was ordered to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 for both boys and girls within a year but this has not happened Alarmingly some states specify in law that women and girls must obey their husbands and or male guardians For example Mali and Sudan require wifely obedience while Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo mandate that the husband is the head of the family In Afghanistan supervision of the home is the exclusive right of the husband and the wife s right to leave the home is restricted These discriminatory marital status laws result in women and girls being subjected to sexual and gender based violence and restrict their ability to make reproductive decisions It also prevents them from choosing where to work or live they cannot leave home without consent and they are relegated to a less equal status within the family and society Beijing In 1995 at the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing 189 governments agreed on a comprehensive roadmap to advance the rights of women and girls and achieve gender equality Since legal equality is an essential component one of the commitments made by the states was that they would repeal remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex More than a quarter of a century later and gender equality is far from a reality Although there has been some progress it has been slow and inconsistent and the vast majority have not achieved legal equality for women and girls Legal equality between the sexes has only been achieved in 12 of the 190 countries https bit ly 3VhcXWT surveyed by the World Bank in 2022 To hold countries to account on the plan outlined in the Platform for Action of Beijing Equality Now has been tracking these laws and has conducted regular reviews on sexist legislation around the world Our 2020 report https bit ly 3fXSIxh found that almost all countries are failing to deliver on the promises they made to end explicitly discriminatory laws on the basis of sex Antonia Kirkland human rights lawyer and global head of legal equality at Equality Now explains Discriminatory laws make gender equality impossible Until women and girls have legal equality we will also continue to see the proliferation of harmful practices such as child and forced marriage which fuel other human rights violations such as gender based violence We must continue to demand that governments take action to reform all laws against sex discrimination without exception In the run up to the 30th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action in 2025 Equality Now calls on states to respect protect and fulfill the rights of women and girls to equality by taking immediate action to end discrimination against all women and girls in law and practices including those relating to marital status
    Discriminatory marriage laws are putting women and girls at risk of child marriage, rape and abuse.
      Women and girls are denied the same legal rights as men and boys in many African countries including when it comes to marriage This puts millions of people at increased risk of human rights violations including child marriage spousal rape forced pregnancy and domestic violence To highlight the changes that governments in the region and elsewhere must make to end sex discrimination in marital status laws the international human rights organization Equality Now https bit ly 3TrzkHN publishes a new policy brief on International Day of the Girl https bit ly 3CIYj3w Laws that discriminate on the basis of sex in relation to marital status govern some of the most intimate aspects of our lives marriage divorce custody and guardianship They have proven to be one of the most difficult areas of legal change to deal with because they are embedded within the family which is seen as a cornerstone of society and is linked to deeply held beliefs about religion tradition and culture Reforms are routinely and forcefully misrepresented by opponents as a threat to religion family and identity However the right to culture and religion are human rights but they cannot replace a person s fundamental right to equality Child marriage discrimination on the age of marriage prohibition and harmonization of laws Girls are disproportionately affected by discriminatory laws and practices on the minimum age of marriage in all religions ethnicities geographies and cultures Before the COVID pandemic child marriage affected 12 million girls https uni cf 2w7BSCn annually with even more entering informal unions involving cohabitation without legal marriage registration The pandemic has exacerbated the problem and UNICEF estimates that another ten million girls https bit ly 3CNEUi9 are at risk of being married before the age of 18 over the next decade Marrying girls while they are still children exposes them to further human rights violations such as early and forced pregnancy lack of access to education and employment domestic abuse discrimination and subordination Excluded from decision making about the timing of marriage and choice of spouse girls often face an abrupt and traumatic initiation into sexual relationships By denying them the right to consent they are essentially subject to rape legal rape and those who become pregnant before they are biologically ready are at additional risk of miscarriage postpartum haemorrhage obstetric fistula and even death A child cannot consent to marriage and in accordance with international and regional law the minimum age of marriage must be 18 years without exception whether governed by civil religious or customary law Countries must implement the Beijing Platform for Action in particular paragraphs 274 e and 275 b which call on states to enact and strictly enforce laws relating to the minimum age for marriage and raise the minimum age for marriage when necessary and generate social support for compliance Equality Now welcomes recent reforms in both the Dominican Republic and Cuba States must take a comprehensive legal approach to preventing child marriage as outlined in the report while also recognizing the evolution of adolescent sexuality Wife Obedience Forced Marriage and Polygamy The right to equality and non discrimination before the law is violated in other ways such as in the case of forced marriage when the spouse does not give free and full consent to the marriage This is sometimes sanctioned by laws that allow guardians often men to give consent on behalf of a woman or girl An adult or judge should never be able to consent to marriage on behalf of a child or adult woman Polygamy is another violation that is still allowed in several countries including Algeria Indonesia Kenya Malaysia Mali and Tanzania When a husband has multiple wives women face serious challenges such as diminished inheritance rights and increased exposure to life threatening health conditions such as HIV AIDS due to their spouse having multiple sexual partners In Zambia the Marriage Act exempts all marriages under any African customary law from the minimum age requirements for marriage normally 21 years However there is no minimum age of consent for marriage under common law and customary practice allows any girl who has reached puberty to marry In neighboring Tanzania the Marriage Law allows marriage for girls as young as 15 but for boys the minimum age is 18 18 is illegal The Tanzanian government was ordered to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 for both boys and girls within a year but this has not happened Alarmingly some states specify in law that women and girls must obey their husbands and or male guardians For example Mali and Sudan require wifely obedience while Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo mandate that the husband is the head of the family In Afghanistan supervision of the home is the exclusive right of the husband and the wife s right to leave the home is restricted These discriminatory marital status laws result in women and girls being subjected to sexual and gender based violence and restrict their ability to make reproductive decisions It also prevents them from choosing where to work or live they cannot leave home without consent and they are relegated to a less equal status within the family and society Beijing In 1995 at the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing 189 governments agreed on a comprehensive roadmap to advance the rights of women and girls and achieve gender equality Since legal equality is an essential component one of the commitments made by the states was that they would repeal remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex More than a quarter of a century later and gender equality is far from a reality Although there has been some progress it has been slow and inconsistent and the vast majority have not achieved legal equality for women and girls Legal equality between the sexes has only been achieved in 12 of the 190 countries https bit ly 3VhcXWT surveyed by the World Bank in 2022 To hold countries to account on the plan outlined in the Platform for Action of Beijing Equality Now has been tracking these laws and has conducted regular reviews on sexist legislation around the world Our 2020 report https bit ly 3fXSIxh found that almost all countries are failing to deliver on the promises they made to end explicitly discriminatory laws on the basis of sex Antonia Kirkland human rights lawyer and global head of legal equality at Equality Now explains Discriminatory laws make gender equality impossible Until women and girls have legal equality we will also continue to see the proliferation of harmful practices such as child and forced marriage which fuel other human rights violations such as gender based violence We must continue to demand that governments take action to reform all laws against sex discrimination without exception In the run up to the 30th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action in 2025 Equality Now calls on states to respect protect and fulfill the rights of women and girls to equality by taking immediate action to end discrimination against all women and girls in law and practices including those relating to marital status
    Discriminatory marriage laws are putting women and girls at risk of child marriage, rape and abuse.
    Africa2 months ago

    Discriminatory marriage laws are putting women and girls at risk of child marriage, rape and abuse.

    Women and girls are denied the same legal rights as men and boys in many African countries, including when it comes to marriage.

    This puts millions of people at increased risk of human rights violations, including child marriage, spousal rape, forced pregnancy and domestic violence.

    To highlight the changes that governments in the region and elsewhere must make to end sex discrimination in marital status laws, the international human rights organization Equality Now (https://bit.ly/3TrzkHN) publishes a new policy brief on International Day of the Girl, https://bit.ly/3CIYj3w.

    Laws that discriminate on the basis of sex in relation to marital status govern some of the most intimate aspects of our lives: marriage, divorce, custody and guardianship.

    They have proven to be one of the most difficult areas of legal change to deal with because they are embedded within the family, which is seen as a cornerstone of society and is linked to deeply held beliefs about religion, tradition and culture.

    Reforms are routinely and forcefully misrepresented by opponents as a threat to religion, family and identity.

    However, the right to culture and religion are human rights, but they cannot replace a person's fundamental right to equality.

    Child marriage: discrimination on the age of marriage, prohibition and harmonization of laws Girls are disproportionately affected by discriminatory laws and practices on the minimum age of marriage in all religions, ethnicities, geographies and cultures.

    Before the COVID pandemic, child marriage affected 12 million girls (https://uni.cf/2w7BSCn) annually, with even more entering informal unions involving cohabitation without legal marriage registration.

    The pandemic has exacerbated the problem and UNICEF estimates that another ten million girls (https://bit.ly/3CNEUi9) are at risk of being married before the age of 18 over the next decade.

    Marrying girls while they are still children exposes them to further human rights violations, such as early and forced pregnancy, lack of access to education and employment, domestic abuse, discrimination and subordination.

    Excluded from decision-making about the timing of marriage and choice of spouse, girls often face an abrupt and traumatic initiation into sexual relationships.

    By denying them the right to consent, they are essentially subject to rape/legal rape, and those who become pregnant before they are biologically ready are at additional risk of miscarriage, postpartum haemorrhage, obstetric fistula and even death.

    A child cannot consent to marriage and, in accordance with international and regional law, the minimum age of marriage must be 18 years, without exception, whether governed by civil, religious or customary law.

    Countries must implement the Beijing Platform for Action, in particular paragraphs 274(e) and 275(b), which call on states to “enact and strictly enforce laws relating to… the minimum age for marriage and raise the minimum age for marriage when necessary”.

    ” and “generate social support for compliance”.

    Equality Now welcomes recent reforms in both the Dominican Republic and Cuba. States must take a comprehensive legal approach to preventing child marriage, as outlined in the report, while also recognizing the evolution of adolescent sexuality.

    Wife Obedience, Forced Marriage and Polygamy The right to equality and non-discrimination before the law is violated in other ways, such as in the case of forced marriage when the spouse does not give free and full consent to the marriage.

    This is sometimes sanctioned by laws that allow guardians (often men) to “give consent” on behalf of a woman or girl.

    An adult or judge should never be able to “consent” to marriage on behalf of a child or adult woman.

    Polygamy is another violation that is still allowed in several countries, including Algeria, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, and Tanzania.

    When a husband has multiple wives, women face serious challenges, such as diminished inheritance rights and increased exposure to life-threatening health conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, due to their spouse having multiple sexual partners.

    In Zambia, the Marriage Act exempts all marriages under any African customary law from the minimum age requirements for marriage, normally 21 years.

    However, there is no minimum age of consent for marriage under common law, and customary practice allows any girl who has reached puberty to marry.

    In neighboring Tanzania, the Marriage Law allows marriage for girls as young as 15, but for boys the minimum age is 18.

    18 is illegal.

    The Tanzanian government was ordered to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 for both boys and girls within a year, but this has not happened.

    Alarmingly, some states specify in law that women and girls must “obey” their husbands and/or male guardians.

    For example, Mali and Sudan require “wifely obedience”, while Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo mandate that the husband is the head of the family.

    In Afghanistan, supervision of the home is the exclusive right of the husband and the wife's right to leave the home is restricted.

    These discriminatory marital status laws result in women and girls being subjected to sexual and gender-based violence and restrict their ability to make reproductive decisions.

    It also prevents them from choosing where to work or live, they cannot leave home without consent, and they are relegated to a less equal status within the family and society.

    Beijing+ In 1995, at the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, 189 governments agreed on a comprehensive roadmap to advance the rights of women and girls and achieve gender equality.

    Since legal equality is an essential component, one of the commitments made by the states was that they would "repeal remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex."

    More than a quarter of a century later and gender equality is far from a reality.

    Although there has been some progress, it has been slow and inconsistent and the vast majority have not achieved legal equality for women and girls.

    Legal equality between the sexes has only been achieved in 12 of the 190 countries (https://bit.ly/3VhcXWT) surveyed by the World Bank in 2022.

    To hold countries to account on the plan outlined in the Platform for Action of Beijing, Equality Now has been tracking these laws and has conducted regular reviews on sexist legislation around the world.

    Our 2020 report (https://bit.ly/3fXSIxh) found that almost all countries are failing to deliver on the promises they made to end explicitly discriminatory laws on the basis of sex.

    Antonia Kirkland, human rights lawyer and global head of legal equality at Equality Now, explains: “Discriminatory laws make gender equality impossible.

    Until women and girls have legal equality, we will also continue to see the proliferation of harmful practices such as child and forced marriage, which fuel other human rights violations such as gender-based violence.

    We must continue to demand that governments take action to reform all laws against sex discrimination, without exception.” “In the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action in 2025, Equality Now calls on states to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of women and girls to equality by taking immediate action to end discrimination against all women and girls in law.

    and practices, including those relating to marital status”.

  •   According to the ICS Threat Landscape Report https bit ly 3rGQgxM from Kaspersky www Kaspersky co za in the first half of 2022 in the African regions computers in the control systems environment industrial ICS were attacked using multiple means malicious objects phishing pages and spyware ICS computers are used in oil and gas power automotive manufacturing building automation infrastructure and other spheres to perform a variety of OT functions from engineer and operator workstations to data acquisition and supervisory control servers SCADA and human machine interface HMI Cyber attacks on industrial computers are considered extremely dangerous as they can cause material loss and production downtime of the controlled production line and even the facility as a whole In addition industrial enterprises that go out of business can severely undermine the social welfare ecology and macroeconomics of a region In the first half of 2022 in the META region ICS computers in the oil and gas sector faced attacks more frequently 47 of them were attacked Attacks on building automation systems ranked second 45 of ICS computers in this sector were attacked The energy sector was also among the top 3 environments that were attacked 41 of the computers there were affected In total over the last six months various types of malicious objects were blocked on one in three ICS computers in South Africa 33 11 increase from the second half of 2021 and on 36 of computers in Kenya 20 increase from the second half of 2021 In Senegal there were 41 of ICS computers where malicious objects were blocked in Nigeria 34 in Gabon 38 Table 1 Percentage of ICS computers where malicious objects were blocked Kenya 36 Gabon 38 Nigeria 34 Senegal 41 South Africa 33 Malicious scripts and phishing pages were among the most popular means of attacking ICS computers in the African regions In the first half of 2022 such scripts and pages were blocked on 19 of ICS computers in South Africa an increase of 12 from the second half of 2021 In Senegal Nigeria and Gabon 13 of computers ICS were affected in Kenya 17 Table 2 Percentage of ICS computers with blocked malicious scripts and phishing pages Kenya 17 Gabon 13 Nigeria 13 Senegal 13 South Africa 19 Approximately one in ten ICS computers in African regions in the first half of 2022 had spyware blocked Specifically spyware was blocked on 9 of ICS computers in South Africa and Gabon 12 in Kenya 11 in Senegal and 8 in Nigeria Table 3 Percentage of ICS Computers with Spyware Blocked Kenya 12 Gabon 9 Nigeria 8 Senegal 11 South Africa 9 Sophisticated attacks have increased the demand for better visibility into cyber risks affecting industrial control systems The integration of IT and OT systems has highlighted the need for a comprehensive yet purposefully designed cybersecurity program Digital transformation programs require a new approach to ensure the safe deployment and operation of a variety of new and potentially insecure devices within plant boundaries Given this new reality the Industrial Cybersecurity Maturity Modeling approach could be used to define clear industrial cybersecurity goals and to measure how well these goals are met says Emad Haffar Chief Technical Expert at Kaspersky Read more about the ICS threat landscape in the first half of 2022 on the Kaspersky ICS CERT website https bit ly 3yrRKje To keep your OT computers protected from various threats Kaspersky experts recommend Carrying out regular security assessments of OT systems to identify and eliminate potential cybersecurity issues Establish ongoing vulnerability assessment and triage as the foundation for an effective vulnerability management process Dedicated solutions like Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity https bit ly 3fJgnS3 can become an efficient assistant and single source of actionable information which is not fully available to the public Perform timely upgrades for key components of the company s OT network Applying security fixes and patches or implementing countermeasures as soon as technically possible is crucial to prevent a major incident that could cost millions due to the interruption of the production process Use of EDR solutions such as Kaspersky Endpoint Detection and Response https bit ly 3RPzZl5 for timely detection of sophisticated threats investigation and effective remediation of incidents Improve response to new and advanced malicious techniques by developing and strengthening your teams incident prevention detection and response skills Dedicated OT security trainings for IT security teams and OT staff are one of the key measures that help achieve this Reference Page 22 of the Kaspersky report The State of Industrial Cybersecurity in the Age of Digitization https bit ly 3T6eBJh
    Every third industrial computer was under attack in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria in the first half of 2022
      According to the ICS Threat Landscape Report https bit ly 3rGQgxM from Kaspersky www Kaspersky co za in the first half of 2022 in the African regions computers in the control systems environment industrial ICS were attacked using multiple means malicious objects phishing pages and spyware ICS computers are used in oil and gas power automotive manufacturing building automation infrastructure and other spheres to perform a variety of OT functions from engineer and operator workstations to data acquisition and supervisory control servers SCADA and human machine interface HMI Cyber attacks on industrial computers are considered extremely dangerous as they can cause material loss and production downtime of the controlled production line and even the facility as a whole In addition industrial enterprises that go out of business can severely undermine the social welfare ecology and macroeconomics of a region In the first half of 2022 in the META region ICS computers in the oil and gas sector faced attacks more frequently 47 of them were attacked Attacks on building automation systems ranked second 45 of ICS computers in this sector were attacked The energy sector was also among the top 3 environments that were attacked 41 of the computers there were affected In total over the last six months various types of malicious objects were blocked on one in three ICS computers in South Africa 33 11 increase from the second half of 2021 and on 36 of computers in Kenya 20 increase from the second half of 2021 In Senegal there were 41 of ICS computers where malicious objects were blocked in Nigeria 34 in Gabon 38 Table 1 Percentage of ICS computers where malicious objects were blocked Kenya 36 Gabon 38 Nigeria 34 Senegal 41 South Africa 33 Malicious scripts and phishing pages were among the most popular means of attacking ICS computers in the African regions In the first half of 2022 such scripts and pages were blocked on 19 of ICS computers in South Africa an increase of 12 from the second half of 2021 In Senegal Nigeria and Gabon 13 of computers ICS were affected in Kenya 17 Table 2 Percentage of ICS computers with blocked malicious scripts and phishing pages Kenya 17 Gabon 13 Nigeria 13 Senegal 13 South Africa 19 Approximately one in ten ICS computers in African regions in the first half of 2022 had spyware blocked Specifically spyware was blocked on 9 of ICS computers in South Africa and Gabon 12 in Kenya 11 in Senegal and 8 in Nigeria Table 3 Percentage of ICS Computers with Spyware Blocked Kenya 12 Gabon 9 Nigeria 8 Senegal 11 South Africa 9 Sophisticated attacks have increased the demand for better visibility into cyber risks affecting industrial control systems The integration of IT and OT systems has highlighted the need for a comprehensive yet purposefully designed cybersecurity program Digital transformation programs require a new approach to ensure the safe deployment and operation of a variety of new and potentially insecure devices within plant boundaries Given this new reality the Industrial Cybersecurity Maturity Modeling approach could be used to define clear industrial cybersecurity goals and to measure how well these goals are met says Emad Haffar Chief Technical Expert at Kaspersky Read more about the ICS threat landscape in the first half of 2022 on the Kaspersky ICS CERT website https bit ly 3yrRKje To keep your OT computers protected from various threats Kaspersky experts recommend Carrying out regular security assessments of OT systems to identify and eliminate potential cybersecurity issues Establish ongoing vulnerability assessment and triage as the foundation for an effective vulnerability management process Dedicated solutions like Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity https bit ly 3fJgnS3 can become an efficient assistant and single source of actionable information which is not fully available to the public Perform timely upgrades for key components of the company s OT network Applying security fixes and patches or implementing countermeasures as soon as technically possible is crucial to prevent a major incident that could cost millions due to the interruption of the production process Use of EDR solutions such as Kaspersky Endpoint Detection and Response https bit ly 3RPzZl5 for timely detection of sophisticated threats investigation and effective remediation of incidents Improve response to new and advanced malicious techniques by developing and strengthening your teams incident prevention detection and response skills Dedicated OT security trainings for IT security teams and OT staff are one of the key measures that help achieve this Reference Page 22 of the Kaspersky report The State of Industrial Cybersecurity in the Age of Digitization https bit ly 3T6eBJh
    Every third industrial computer was under attack in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria in the first half of 2022
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    Every third industrial computer was under attack in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria in the first half of 2022

    According to the ICS Threat Landscape Report (https://bit.ly/3rGQgxM) from Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za), in the first half of 2022 in the African regions computers in the control systems environment industrial (ICS).

    were attacked using multiple means: malicious objects, phishing pages, and spyware.

    ICS computers are used in oil and gas, power, automotive manufacturing, building automation infrastructure, and other spheres to perform a variety of OT functions, from engineer and operator workstations to data acquisition and supervisory control servers.

    (SCADA) and human-machine interface (HMI).

    Cyber ​​attacks on industrial computers are considered extremely dangerous as they can cause material loss and production downtime of the controlled production line and even the facility as a whole.

    In addition, industrial enterprises that go out of business can severely undermine the social welfare, ecology, and macroeconomics of a region.

    In the first half of 2022, in the META region, ICS computers in the oil and gas sector faced attacks more frequently (47% of them were attacked).

    Attacks on building automation systems ranked second: 45% of ICS computers in this sector were attacked.

    The energy sector was also among the top 3 environments that were attacked (41% of the computers there were affected).

    In total, over the last six months, various types of malicious objects were blocked on one in three ICS computers in South Africa (33%, 11% increase from the second half of 2021) and on 36% of computers in Kenya (20% increase).

    from the second half of 2021).

    In Senegal there were 41% of ICS computers where malicious objects were blocked, in Nigeria - 34%, in Gabon - 38%.

    Table 1.

    Percentage of ICS computers where malicious objects were blocked Kenya 36% Gabon 38% Nigeria 34% Senegal 41% South Africa 33% Malicious scripts and phishing pages were among the most popular means of attacking ICS computers in the African regions.

    In the first half of 2022, such scripts and pages were blocked on 19% of ICS computers in South Africa, an increase of 12% from the second half of 2021.

    In Senegal, Nigeria, and Gabon, 13% of computers ICS were affected, in Kenya, 17%.

    Table 2.

    Percentage of ICS computers with blocked malicious scripts and phishing pages Kenya 17% Gabon 13% Nigeria 13% Senegal 13% South Africa 19% Approximately one in ten ICS computers in African regions in the first half of 2022 had spyware blocked .

    Specifically, spyware was blocked on 9% of ICS computers in South Africa and Gabon, 12% in Kenya, 11% in Senegal, and 8% in Nigeria.

    Table 3.

    Percentage of ICS Computers with Spyware Blocked Kenya 12% Gabon 9% Nigeria 8% Senegal 11% South Africa 9% “Sophisticated attacks have increased the demand for better visibility into cyber risks affecting industrial control systems.

    The integration of IT and OT systems has highlighted the need for a comprehensive yet purposefully designed cybersecurity program.

    Digital transformation programs require a new approach to ensure the safe deployment and operation of a variety of new and potentially insecure devices within plant boundaries.

    Given this new reality, the Industrial Cybersecurity Maturity Modeling* approach could be used to define clear industrial cybersecurity goals and to measure how well these goals are met,” says Emad Haffar, Chief Technical Expert at Kaspersky.

    Read more about the ICS threat landscape in the first half of 2022 on the Kaspersky ICS CERT website (https://bit.ly/3yrRKje).

    To keep your OT computers protected from various threats, Kaspersky experts recommend: Carrying out regular security assessments of OT systems to identify and eliminate potential cybersecurity issues.

    Establish ongoing vulnerability assessment and triage as the foundation for an effective vulnerability management process.

    Dedicated solutions like Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (https://bit.ly/3fJgnS3) can become an efficient assistant and single source of actionable information, which is not fully available to the public.

    Perform timely upgrades for key components of the company's OT network; Applying security fixes and patches or implementing countermeasures as soon as technically possible is crucial to prevent a major incident that could cost millions due to the interruption of the production process.

    Use of EDR solutions such as Kaspersky Endpoint Detection and Response (https://bit.ly/3RPzZl5) for timely detection of sophisticated threats, investigation and effective remediation of incidents.

    Improve response to new and advanced malicious techniques by developing and strengthening your teams' incident prevention, detection, and response skills.

    Dedicated OT security trainings for IT security teams and OT staff are one of the key measures that help achieve this.

    Reference: *Page 22 of the Kaspersky report The State of Industrial Cybersecurity in the Age of Digitization (https://bit.ly/3T6eBJh).

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    CAF Confederation Cup: Second preliminary round first leg match results
     Following are results of second preliminary round first leg fixtures in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup competition played from Friday to Sunday Kwara United Nigeria 3 1 RS Berkane Morocco Sporting Club de Gagnon C te D Ivoire 1 0 JS Saoura Algeria ASCK Togo 0 2 U S M Alger Algeria AS Real de Bamako Mali 3 0 Accra Hearts of Oak Ghana Hilal Alsahil Sudan 0 2 Pyramids FC Egypt Fasil Kenema SC Ethiopia 0 0 CS Sfaxien Tunisia Association Sportive de Kigali Rwanda 0 0 El Nasr Libya Kisangani FC Zanzibar 0 0 Club Africain Tunisia Al Akhder Libya 3 0 Azam Football Club Tanzania Royal AM FC South Africa 0 0 Zesco United FC Zambia FC Saint Eloi Lupopo DR Congo 2 0 GD Sagrada Esperan a Angola St Michel United Seychelles 1 0 DC Motema Pembe DR Congo Ferroviario Da Beira Mozambique 2 1 CSM Diables Noirs Congo Elgeco Plus Madagascar 1 3 Marumo Gallants FC South Africa OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Confederation Cup: Second preliminary round first leg match results
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    CAF Confederation Cup: Second preliminary round first leg match results

    Following are results of second preliminary round first leg fixtures in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup competition, played from Friday to Sunday: Kwara United (Nigeria) 3-1 RS Berkane (Morocco)Sporting Club de Gagnon (Côte D’Ivoire) 1-0 JS Saoura (Algeria)ASCK (Togo) 0-2 U.

    S.M Alger (Algeria)AS Real de Bamako (Mali) 3-0 Accra Hearts of Oak (Ghana)Hilal Alsahil (Sudan) 0-2 Pyramids FC (Egypt)Fasil Kenema SC (Ethiopia) 0-0 CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)Association Sportive de Kigali (Rwanda) 0-0 El Nasr (Libya)Kisangani FC (Zanzibar) 0-0 Club Africain (Tunisia)Al Akhder (Libya) 3-0 Azam Football Club (Tanzania)Royal AM FC (South Africa) 0-0 Zesco United FC (Zambia)FC Saint Eloi Lupopo (DR Congo) 2-0 GD Sagrada Esperança (Angola)St Michel United (Seychelles) 1-0 DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo)Ferroviario Da Beira (Mozambique) 2-1 CSM Diables Noirs (Congo)Elgeco Plus (Madagascar) 1-3 Marumo Gallants FC (South Africa)OLAL(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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