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South Africa: Statement from the Presiding Officers of Parliament on Nelson Mandela International Day

Parliament remains resolute in its pursuit of fearless oversight, transparency, openness and accountability

Madiba’s birthday today is particularly special as it marks 100 years since his birth. This year we are also celebrating the centenary birthday of Ms Albertina Sisulu, another dauntless fighter for a democratic South Africa. It was Ms Sisulu, who, on 9 May 1994, nominated Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as democratic…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

South Africa: Address by The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Buti Manamela, to the 4th Brics Youth Summit Zebula Estate, Bela-Bela, Limpopo

Programme Director Chairperson of the 4th BRICS Youth Summit, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni Heads of Delegation of all member countries Delegates Guests Ladies and Gentlemen:   It is my pleasure to join you and to be part of this historic fourth BRICS Youth Summit.The sustainability of BRICS as an alternative development…

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United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) “From Seeds to Clothing” Project to Launch Training Series on Sustainable Fashion Design and Product Conception

Training facilitators include renowned Italian fashion designer Marina Spadafora and Professor Giovanni Maria Conti, Associate Professor at Politecnico University of Milan

In the framework of the “From Cotton Seeds to Clothing” project, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, UNIDO Egypt is organizing a series of training workshops on sustainable fashion design and product conception. The training will be delivered to the Fashion Design Center (FDC) of the Ministry of…

Source: Udeme Etukeyen |

Akwa Ibom - Sustainable Development in Nigeria's Prime Investment Destination

By Udeme Etukeyen

Seen from afar, Nigeria is one large African nation and the continent's most robust economy, but within the powerhouse that Nigeria represents there are several engines that drive the economy. Best known is Lagos State, which includes Nigeria's largest city and economic capital, but beyond there a less known success…

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    • Ms Linda Haiduwa, Merck More Than Mother Heroine from Namibia with Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO, Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO, Merck Foundation and President Merck more Than a Mother; Prof. Koigi Kamau, Chairman Kenya Fertility Society; Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, President of Africa Fertility Society, Nigeria; Dr. Tareq Muhammad Salahuddin, Editor of Health Section, The Daily Star, Bangladesh; Ms. Modele Sarafa- Yusuf, Senior Freelance Journalist & Media Personality, Nigeria.
    • Ms. Renee Ngamau, Radio Host/Life Coach, Capital FM; Ms. Carole Mandi, Founder/ Publisher, Carole Mandi Media; Mr. Gardy Chacha, Senior Health & Science Reporter, Standard Newspaper, Kenya (First Award Winner, Print Media category); Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO, Merck Foundation and President Merck more Than a Mother
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    • Merck Foundation concludes their First Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa
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Merck Foundation concludes their First Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa

The training program was a part of ‘Merck more than a Mother’ community awareness program

Merck Foundation concludes their First Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa: •Merck Foundation provides training to more than 200 Media Journalists from 17 African Countries. •Merck Foundation starts hashtags #MenToo and #NoForInfertilityStigma to break the stigma of Infertility. •Merck Foundation launched three songs to…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

South Africa: The Second Day of the Abortion Conference Reveals why some Women opt for Alternative Measures

The conference builds on the ongoing work under the leadership of the Inter-Ministerial Committee established by Cabinet to oversee implementation of the Population Policy

The second day of the Abortion and Reproductive Justice Conference (ARJC): The Unfinished Revolution III, is currently underway at the Rhodes University in Makhanda, Eastern Cape. Key discussions today include: Health Systems, Histories of Abortion and Abortion Politics Education, Interventions and Treatment Activism and Advocacy Social Contexts and Advocacy Theory…

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United Nation’s emergency fund releases US$15 million for life-saving assistance to displaced people in Ethiopia

The 2018 Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Plan requires $1.6 billion to reach millions of people with food and non-food support

The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) released today US$15 million to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. Historical tensions between communities in southern Ethiopia escalated in April 2018 and led to large-scale displacements, damage of properties and loss of life.  Close…

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Premier NTombela to Lead Free State Provincial Government Delegation in Support of 100 Men March for Madiba on Violence Against Women and Children

The march is expected to draw men and other sectors of society within the Free State Province, such as government, business, labour, faith-based and non-profit organisations, and the media

The Premier of the Free State, Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela, accompanied by MEC for Health, Montsheng Tsiu and MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini, will tomorrow, July 13, 2018, participate in the Free State Chapter of the 100 Men March for Madiba on Violence against Women and Children, as…

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Hearing ‘horrific’ testimonies from rape survivors in South Sudan, UN envoy says they yearn only for peace

Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan, widespread and systematic sexual violence has been a pervasive tactic of war and terror, said a high-level United Nations envoy, after visiting the war-torn country and hearing “horrific” testimonies

Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict, told reporterss that she had been “alarmed to hear about the increasing climate of intimidation” in which civil society organisations work, “including attacks against those providing services to sexual violence survivors.” The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has been wracked…

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UN’s Emergency Fund releases US$15 Million for Life-Saving Assistance to Displaced People in Ethiopia

Close to one million men, women and children are currently being sheltered

The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) released today US$15 million to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. Historical tensions between communities in southern Ethiopia escalated in April 2018 and led to large-scale displacements, damage of properties and loss of life.  Close…