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By Momodou Jaiteh, Journalist, The Gambia

A regional youth forum on governance, human rights and peace recently wounded up in Banjul, Gambian capital.

The forum which revolved around the theme “Engaging Young African Leaders in the Implementation of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas, Accelerating Positive Social Transformations for a Democratic, Prosperous, Inclusive and Peaceful Africa,” was co-organized by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Origination (UNESCO), Trust Africa and other partners.

UNESCO and its partners acknowledged that young women and men held creativity and potential to drive, change things for themselves, their own societies and the world.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Dembo Kambi, the Chairman of Gambia’s National Youth Council said African youths could no longer continue to be liabilities for their societies. He stressed that young folks in Africa could no longer continue to live in abject poverty, hopelessness and other problems in this day and age, saying: “We want to take part in the leadership and development process of the continent so that we can live the Africa we want.”

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  • Your Excellency Dr Isatou Touray, VP of the Republic of The Gambia
  • Honorable Ministers
  • Dr Dimitri Sanga, Director of Unesco
  • Ms Fatou Jagne Senghor, Regional Director of Article 19
  • Dr Marema Toure, Chief of Section SHS, UNESCO/BREDA
  • The presidents of AYC, GNYC and PAYNCoP (pan African youth network for a culture of peace)
  • Ms Hanna Forster, Director of ACDHRS
  • Colleagues of UTG
  • The artists present here (Killa Ace, Master Soumi, Djeinaba…)
  • Distinguished Participants
  • Media reps
  • Youth of Africa

I feel greatly honored to stand here today to present greetings from the organisations that partnered with Unesco in the organization of this Forum: CODESRIA, Article 19, UNHR, UNOCHA, FAS...

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Engaging young African leaders in the implementation of the 2030 and 2063 agendas, Accelerating positive social transformations for a democratic, prosperous, inclusive and peaceful Africa

Dakar on October 21, 2019- UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for West-Africa Sahel, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Trust-Africa, CODESRIA, ARTICLE 19, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the NGO women Africa solidarity through its Pan-African Centre for Gender, Peace and Development (FASPAC), the Gambian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM-Gambie) are co-organizing with the Pan-African Youth Organizations (PAYNCOP – AYC – AAPI), the third African regional youth forum scheduled to take place in Banjul (Forum-Banjul+3), in close collaboration with the Gambian authorities.

This prestigious African youth consultation, which is in line with the organizers' efforts to promote respect for political commitment, democracy, governance, human rights and guaranteed freedoms; social cohesion, conflict prevention, peace and security, will bring together young leaders from all over Africa from 28 to 30 October 2019 in Banjul to discuss the role of African youth in peace building and conflict resolution.

Last modified on Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:38

International Rural Women’s Day 2019

By Bethule Nyamambi and Nompilo Simanje

It is no longer a secret that women are the pivotal actors in agricultural activities, particularly in providing the productive labor force and knowledge that will contribute to building climate resilience in communities. Women are therefore the curators of knowledge on sustainable food systems, seasonality and nutrition. The 2019 theme for the International Rural Women’s Day could not be more relevant, with its focus on fostering climate resilience targeting the most affected - rural women and girls in Africa.  The unpredictable effects of climate change, which ultimately will reduce crop yield, disrupt food availability and access and increase inequality and poverty if not addressed, requires the adoption of a multidisciplinary approach to ensure rural women enjoy full rights and access to technology, skills and inclusive policies to address the evolving effects of climate change.

Par Abdarahmane Wone, Communications Officer, TrustAfrica

Les progressistes et les militants des droits humains ont très tôt compris l’importance de se battre pour donner aux femmes la place qu’elles méritent dans nos sociétés.
Ils ont compris l’importance de faire avancer la cause des femmes en général et celles du monde rural en particulier pour construire des sociétés beaucoup plus égalitaires.
Et l'un des acquis de cette longue lutte a été l’obtention d’une journée internationale dédiée à la femme rurale. C’est ainsi que depuis 2008, le 15 octobre est déclaré journée internationale de la femme rurale.
Décidée par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies par sa résolution 62/136 du 18 décembre 2007, la célébration met en exergue le « rôle et l’apport décisifs des femmes rurales, notamment autochtones, dans la promotion du développement agricole et rural, l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire et l’élimination de la pauvreté en milieu rural ».

L’atelier de restitution d’une étude exploratoire sur la prévention et l’élimination de la violence basée sur le genre au Sénégal, organisé par TrustAfrica ce jeudi 10 octobre 2019 à Dakar, au Sénégal, s’est bien déroulé.  L'atelier s’est tenu dans le cadre d'un projet de deux ans dont l’objectif est de s’attaquer à la violence basée sur le genre en tant qu’obstacle persistant, parmi d’autres, à l’autonomisation des femmes francophones en Afrique de l’Ouest, notamment dans trois pays prioritaires : le Sénégal, le Burkina Faso et le Mali.

Le Ministre de la Femme, de la Famille, du Genre et de la Protection des Enfants, des membres de la société civile, du mouvement associatif et des organisations des droits humains et des religieux ont pris part à cette rencontre d’échanges qui s’est tenue dans les locaux de TrustAfrica et qui veut participer à trouver des solutions à la violence basée sur le genre.

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