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UN torture prevention body announces visits for 2023

The SPT will also meet with and assist the country’s independent torture prevention watchdog, formally named the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM)

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) confirmed its upcoming visits to Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador and Türkiye in the second half of this year, and announced its plans to visit Croatia, Madagascar, Nicaragua, and the State of Palestine during the first half of 2023. “Visiting States parties is fundamental…

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Vaccinating Liberia’s Vulnerable Communities Against COVID-19

Efforts are underway to achieve high levels of vaccination among high-priority groups

Liberia has made headway with its COVID-19 vaccination having fully vaccinated 70% of the total eligible population since March 2021, when the vaccination programme kicked off. Robust coordination between the government and its partners, an effective COVID-19 steering committee and multiple mass vaccination campaigns have contributed to the country’s success.…

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European Investment Bank to Support Increased Rice Production in Liberia

The EIB’s first support for agricultural investment in Liberia is expected to cover the entire value chain including rice production, storage and distribution

Rice sector investment to improve food security and create jobs; Feasibility study to outline investment to reduce dependency on rice imports; EIB (www.EIB.org) and EU backing investment in seed production, irrigation, warehousing and logistics The European Investment Bank is planning to support large-scale investment to increase rice production and enhance…

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A catering programme with baked-in prospects for vulnerable Liberian girls

Agnes-Josephine Kenderman, a Liberian teenage mother, is benefiting from a UN-backed initiative to empower young vulnerable girls, which includes training to help her make and sell pastries and other products

“My name is Agnes Kenderman. I am 19 years old and I live in New Kru Town, Monteserrado County, with my mother and my son. My community selected me for the training programme.  My mother is in poor health, and my father died a long time ago, during the civil…

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UAE: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed receives president of Liberia

The Liberian president expressed his country's keenness to expand cooperation with the UAE

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today received President of Liberia, George Weah, at Qasr Al Shati', where the African leader conveyed his condolences over the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and recalled the track record of the late president and his role in the comprehensive development drive…

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African Development Bank New Series of African Country Gender Profiles Show Progress in Addressing Gender Discriminatory Law

The Bank’s country gender profiles evaluate gender equality and offer recommendations to drive parity across a range of metrics

New reports the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has produced on Benin, Djibouti, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Liberia show the countries have successfully put national policies in place to advance gender equality. At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has sharpened the challenges women face.    Prepared in collaboration with the countries…

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Introducing the 22 African Women Who Have Served as Head of State

Africa.com defines Women Heads of State as women who have served as president or prime minister, including Heads of State and Heads of Government

The role that women should play in shaping Africa’s present and future was a key theme from speakers of the Women Heads of State Initiative, co-convened by Africa.com and Coca-Cola Africa. The event introduced the world to the 22 women who have served as president or prime minister of an African…

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Coronavirus – Africa: European Union funding boosts COVID-19 vaccination in Africa

The funding is part of the European Union’s (EU) humanitarian initiative for COVID-19 vaccination in Africa

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is supporting the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) to boost COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and increase coverage in 15 African countries. With a total of €16 million from ECHO, WHO is supporting operational and technical aspects…

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The Mano River Union: African Development Fund commits $88.2 Million for Road Development and Transport Facilitation in Liberia and Sierra Leone

The Mano River Union is an international association initially established between Liberia and Sierra Leone in 1973 under the Mano River Declaration

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund,  the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), on Wednesday approved $88.2 million in financing for the third phase of the Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme for the Mano River Union (https://bit.ly/3iuTBvh). The Mano River Union is an international…

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Africa Making Progress on Tackling Gender-based Violence Thanks to Multi-sectoral Approach but Shortfalls Remain, Finds New Report

The report analyzed the diverse experiences of countries and identified good practices and strategies adopted to prevent, address, and eliminate FGM and other forms of GBV

A new report has found countries in Africa are making progress in addressing and preventing gender-based violence (GBV), including female genital mutilation (FGM), thanks to the adoption of the multi-sectoral approach (MSA) involving all stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs to protect and promote women’s and girls’ rights.…