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In the spring of 2014, the kidnapping of close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls ignited a wave of attention and outrage that spread throughout the world. Now, months later, most of the girls are still missing and much of the world has turned its focus to other issues. The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children offers an opportunity to remember the girls and their families and maintain hope for their safe release.
When you plan your World Day activities this year, we encourage you to show your solidarity with the kidnapped girls and all of the young people in Nigeria and throughout the world who are deprived of their freedom and right to education. As religious and spiritual communities, let us offer our prayers, petitions, meditation, reflection, and action in our own traditions. We developed the Nigeria Vigil Toolkit to offer ideas and guidance to support these efforts. Download the World Day Vigil Toolkit 2014.
Unicef report finds number of children entering poverty during global recession is 2.6 million greater than number lifted out of it.
Child poverty has increased in 23 countries in the developed world since the start of the global recession in 2008, potentially trapping a generation in a life of material deprivation and reduced prospects.
A report by Unicef says the number of children entering poverty during the recession is 2.6 million greater than the number who have been lifted out of it. “The longer these children remain trapped in the cycle of poverty, the harder it will be for them to escape,” it says in Children of Recession: the Impact of the Economic Crisis on Child Wellbeing in Rich Countries.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:01 GMT
Last updated on: October 13, 2014
Women and children in South Sudan have been the victims of horrific sexual violence since the country plunged into conflict 10 months ago, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, said after a week-long visit.
OCT. 10, 2014
Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 peace prize on Friday to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. The award joined a teenage Pakistani known around the world with an Indian veteran of campaigns to end child labor and free children from trafficking.
The award was announced in Oslo by Thorbjorn Jagland, the committee’s chairman, who said: “The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.”
By Adva Saldinger09 October 2014
The tragedy of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa extends beyond the immediate lives lost to the disease; it has impacts on a generation of youth living through the crisis — young people who in the case of Guinea are being trained to help stem the disease.
The government in Conakry has recently trained 2,000 youth volunteers to go from door to door to educate households about the reality of Ebola, how it is transmitted and how they can protect themselves to counter the mass hysteria created by the misinformation in the media, Guinea Minister of Youth and Youth Employment Moustapha Naite told Devex.
Key to the success, Naite explained, is that the youth are volunteers — had they been paid, there would have been speculation and mistrust. In addition, with such a young population — 62 percent of Guineans are under 25, according to CIA’s World Factbook — they are more likely to trust the information when they hear it from fellow young people.
So far, the intervention has proven to be successful, and in the coming weeks the government plans to scale up the program, training an additional 8,000 youth as volunteers and expanding throughout the country.
“Youth is so critical because one, they are the ones that usually are at the front of all the violence, second, they are usually the ones that don’t believe in things and third, they represent a force,” Niate said in an interview at Making Cents International’s Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit held this week in Washington, D.C.
The minister was there to talk about ambitions and programs the government were undertaking to support youth entrepreneurship and create jobs — efforts which have been largely put on hold to fight Ebola.
“This is like a national disaster happening in our country,” Naite said. “[But] it’s more dangerous than having a tropical storm coming through because that comes once and it’s finished. This one is there and stays for a while and it kills slowly.”
There should now be a laser focus by the international community to contain and eradicate the disease, he said. NGOs can help, as the government needs help from everyone, especially in serving the needs of the poorest citizens who may be struggling with basic survival and unable to find work or food because of quarantines.
Food insecurity, the lack of opportunities and fear can be a dangerous combination, and Naite acknowledged that it could very well lead to unrest, like what has already happened in Liberia, another Ebola-affected country in West Africa.
“People are looking to have an environment where they can prosper,” he said. “If the government cannot respond to their needs, desires, aspirations then of course it can lead to unrest.”
Creating opportunities for education and jobs will be critical in providing a better, more stable future but Ebola is likely to cast a long shadow, especially as the isolation and stigmatization it has brought limit investment and economic growth.
Read the original article at devex.com.
6 October 2014 – Urgent action is needed to refocus urban planning and to provide safe, affordable housing that is appropriate and adequate for our citizens' growing needs, senior United Nations officials said marking World Habitat Day, which is observed annually on the first Monday of October.
I am a lay Buddhist. I represent the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka which is by far the most widespread grassroots people’s organization which is engaged in integrated/holistic community development, peace building and reconciliation covering the entire country. The development philosophy of the Savodaya movement is based on Buddhist teachings and Gandhian principles but it works across all ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka.
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