Thursday, March 19, 2015

Side By Side Organisation to celebrate decade of volunteerism in Gambia

Hatab Fadera, SBSO National Coordinator
Side By Side Organisation The Gambia (SBSO) will on Saturday, March 21st celebrate its 10th Anniversary under the theme “A decade of Volunteerism in The Gambia”.

The celebration, expected to draw hundreds of participants from the organisation’s membership, sister voluntary groups and partners, prominent youth activists and other important stakeholders in youth empowerment, will take the form of a procession from Serrekunda (“Bamboo”) to the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) grounds where speakers will deliberate on important issues relating to the significance of volunteerism to sustainable development.

The Organisation is a registered, charitable, non-political and non-profit making national youth group, formed on 4th March 2005 in Bakau Newtown. It was established by a group of visionary youths in The Gambia, whose objectives among other things, have been to contributing to the advancement of the human race.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Int’l Women’s Day 2015: Women farmers key to fighting hunger

IFAD, WFP and FAO celebrate women’s contribution to food and nutrition security

Rome, 06 March 2015 - Marking International Women’s Day 2015, leaders from the United Nations’ three Rome-based food agencies gathered to remind the world that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security.

At the Rome event, leaders from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) shared testimonials of their innovative interventions that have empowered rural women, and in doing so have contributed to food security and nutrition. They also highlighted that promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment can significantly strengthen efforts to reduce rural poverty.
This year’s event also marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 (Beijing +20).

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze delivered the opening keynote address pointing out that as men in developing countries migrate to urban centers or shift to better-paid work, a “feminization of agriculture” has occurred with approximately half of the agricultural workforce worldwide now made up of women.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Zeid calls on States to go "beyond lip-service Towards gender equality"

For International Women's Day, 8 March 2015

 GENEVA (5 March 2015) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today highlight highlighted "the pressing Need for women to Participate in all discussions of Strategic responses to extremist violence, to discrimination, and to deprivation of all kinds."

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action. Sixteen states can this Opportunity to go beyond lip service and Towards Gender Equality - Genuinely challenging and Dismantling the power structures and dynamics qui perpetuate discrimination Against Women, "he said.