NGO CSW/Africa Events at #CSW61

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NGO CSW/Africa Events at #CSW61

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 – 24 March, 2017, will focus on the theme of “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” The Commission is one of the largest annual gathering of global leaders,

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On the Beaches of Bahia – AWID’s 13th International Forum

This is a blog written by a participant of the 13th International AWID Forum, supported by UAF-Africa, through a grant from the Foundation for a Just Society.

A little bit about me:

I always find it difficult to talk about myself – I prefer to listen to others.

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Egypt: WHRDs Detained for Protesting a Protest Law

By: Tooni Akanni and Masa Amir

On 21 June 2014, 23 protesters including, seven women human rights defenders (WHRDs), were arrested in Cairo, Egypt for conducting a peaceful demonstration against the country’s draconian Protest and Public Assembly Law, which restricts the right to protest.

The 23 detainees include Yara Sallam, recipient of the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network’s award in 2013 and transitional justice officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

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Dress code issue in Anambra state, Nigeria

By: Caroline Kiarie and Muco Aurore

To protect women and girls against the draconian law in Akwaihedi community where women are forced to pay a fine of 50,000 naira ($318) if they wear trousers, UAF-Africa has provided a rapid response grant to WEP organisation to o avert full implementation of that law.

The beginning of this year has been tough for women in some African countries.

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Trending Activism: On the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign

By: Masa Amir

A little more than 2 months ago, specifically on April 14, 2014, 276 girls between the ages of 12 and 17 were abducted from their school hostel in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Founded in 2002, the group claims to work toward establishing a so-called pure Islamic state governed by their extreme understanding of Islamic sharia law.

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Reflections for the field: Day 1

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

What struck me today was the many stories that I heard. These included people who have a sick person, they call for them to be collected, and they are not collected, until the person dies. Issues around this include whether to advise them on how to protect themselves or if this will lead to more infections,

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Reflections for the field: Day 2

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

Today we went to West Point, Monrovia, one of the places that was quarantined. They are not happy that they were quarantined, they believe it was no fair. The impact of the quarantine is that people were not able to go to the market, the mainstay of most of the people here.

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Reflections for the field: Day 3

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

One survivor we talked to today, her sister’s husband fell sick. The whole family moved from where they were and came to live with this Lady’s family in West Point. In the house was already the Lady, her husband, her mother, and six children. She also had her younger sister living with her.

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Reflections for the field: Day 4

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

Today, the 6 RAs went out to the field with Mr. Musa, while I remained to train 18 MHCs in mental health and the psychosocial response. The MHCs who are posted to the ETUs indicated that every client/patient who is brought in should have a point of contact. If anything happens to the patient,

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Reflections for the field: Day 5

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

The stories are beginning to come back the same. There is stigma in the community towards those who return from the treatment units or who return from the Holding Centers. Many of them come back to find they are have been evicted from their homes, their property is destroyed or thrown away or stolen,

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