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West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

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West Africa: Youth Silencing The Guns Inter-generational Dialogue

As part of Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign launched by the African Union (AU) on 24th July 2020, the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) will convene 6 regional Intergenerational Dialogues. The outcomes of OYE engagements will feed into the youth declaration on the AU Theme of the Year and AU Youth Envoy briefings to the both AU Peace and security Council and UN Security Council.

The Convenings will also roll out the IGD Brochure & Toolkit for Intergenerational Co-Leadership.

Special guest:
H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs

Speakers:
Mr. Edward Mulbah, Executive Director, Liberia Peacebuilding Office
Ms. Mfrekeobong Ukpanah, AU Peace and Security Department
Ms. Dolapo Lawal – African Youth Front on Coronavirus

Performances:
Barhama – Artist (The Gambia)
Maryam Bukar Hassan – Poet (Nigeria)
Michael Olatuja – Musician (Nigeria)

Session Moderators:
Mr. Moctar Kane, African Youth Ambassador for Peace (Mali)
Ms. Feranmi Adeola, West Africa Anti-corruption Youth Ambassador (Nigeria)
Mr. Amos Williams, Federation of Liberian Youth (Liberia)
Mr. Serigne NDIAYE, AU Youth Advisory Council (Senegal)
Ms. Grace Simon, Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster Risk Reduction (Nigeria)
Aug 27, 2020 04:00 PM in Nairobi

African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) is releasing the Intergenerational Dialogues Brochure and Toolkit for Co-Leadership.

In 2020, the average age of the African leadership is 64 years old and the average age of the population is about 20. Conflict on the continent is aggravated by the lack of communication and collaboration between generations. The generation that fought for independence; the generation that built the African nation and the current youthful population that navigates a world of continued violence and inequality. However, Young people are connected, better educated, tech-savvy, full of potential and ready to CO-LEAD!

Today we make available IGD Toolkit for youth to self-organize as part of 100 Intergenerational Dialogues #100IGD across and beyond Africa to bridge social, cultural and political differences between generations and thereby address both current and emerging conflict patterns.

Our Theory of Change is Intergenerational Co-Leadership, Join Us!

The initiative inculcates Agenda 2063’s emphasis on social dialogues for peace and sustains OYE’s Strategic Action Plan to build bridges and address barriers to youth leadership.

IGD Brochure and toolkit is available here.

Watch IGD on Africa Day 

Read more about the Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign activities;

  • Six Virtual Regional Intergenerational Dialogues

  • Youth Silencing the Guns Awards

  • Trainings and Capacity Development

Join the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy, 6 Regional Intergenerational Dialogues as part of  “Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign”taking place from 27 August to 11 September 2020

Themes to be discussed include; Free- conflict Africa, Silencing Poverty & Hunger, Silencing Gender Based Violence, Silencing Youth Unemployment, Silencing Corruption and Silencing Climate Crisis.

Save dates for Intergenerational Dialogues (IGDs)

27 August, 2020 –  West Africa Youth Silencing the Guns IGD

01 September, 2020 – East Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

03 September, 2020 – Central Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

08 September, 2020 – North Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

10 September, 2020 – Southern Africa Silencing the Guns IGD

11 September, 2020 – Diaspora Silencing the Guns IGD

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

“Committed to the Cause – Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking”

The 2020 theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons will focus on the first responders to human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors – identifying, supporting, counseling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the essential role of first responders has become even more important. Particularly as the restrictions imposed by the pandemic have made their work even more difficult. Still, their contribution is often overlooked and unrecognized.

Through stories from first responders describing their practical work in assisting victims UNODC intends to spotlight their contribution and that of their function, institution, organization, team or community and its impact on fighting trafficking.

Find more information here:

How you can get involved:

  • Highlight the work of first responders in your country, community or organization;
  • Share, like and comment on the social media messages for the World Day,
  • Donate to the United NationsVoluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, which provides on-the-ground assistance and protection to victims of trafficking.

Please use the hashtags #EndHumanTrafficking and #HumanTrafficking on all digital platforms.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org.

[Interactive Webinar] Radical Inclusion for Advancing Social Justice: LGBTQ Human Rights in the Caribbean

Radical Inclusion for Advancing Social Justice: LGBTQ Human Rights in the Caribbean

An interactive webinar organized by PCI Media

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
12:00 PM EST

Register now: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe4C_1nasrkr55HuslN6LzDx8hb-OLY8WydmGgfbC_m9Lbpg/viewform

Sustainable social justice movements require organization, creativity, and participation from all levels of society.

Join PCI Media’s President, Meesha Brown, and Bennet Charles, Communications Officer, in a discussion about the importance of authentic partnerships in advancing human rights for the LGBTQ community. The webinar will focus on the One Community Many Voices program in the Eastern Caribbean Region.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on UN efforts to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, please write to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights at LGBTHumanRights@un.org and visit its website here.

[Webinar] Youth Demands For a Better Future

Live webinar: Youth demands for a better future – reforms needed for a post-pandemic future

On Thursday 16 July 2020, the Extremely Together leaders and the Kofi Annan Foundation are hosting the Last in a series of #ETDiscussions on youth, peace and preventing violent extremism, the Extremely Together leaders and Kofi Annan Foundation are hosting a webinar on youth’s demands to leaders of this world for a better normal.

As youth, what commitments do we need from our leaders and other stakeholders? What questions do we have that need to be answered for the future? How do we hold leaders and other stakeholders accountable?

Register here now: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/xvewtffx

Speaker:
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake,
United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Hosts:
Fatima Zaman & Zaid al-Rayes of Extremely Together

 

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO is in the process of constituting an NGO Committee of Younger Generation, with working groups in New York, Geneva and Vienna. For more information about this initiative, please contact the CoNGO President at president@ngocongo.org. For the Vienna youth group. please contact Leonie Baranes at leoniebaranes@hotmail.com.

[Webinar] Affirming an Interreligious Response to Supporting Peaceful, Inclusive, and Just Societies

Affirming an Interreligious Response to Supporting Peaceful, Inclusive, and Just Societies:                                                                Building on a Historic Interfaith Statement on ISIL Accountability in Iraq

Dear Esteemed Leaders and Partners of Religions for Peace, UN OSAPG and UNITAD,

We are pleased to cordially invite you to join the Webinar on “Affirming an Interreligious Response to Supporting Peaceful, Inclusive, and Just Societies: Building on a Historic Interfaith Statement on ISIL Accountability in Iraq”, co-hosted by Religions for Peace (RfP), United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (UN OSAPG) and the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) on Thursday, 16 July 2020 at 9:00 – 11:10 am EDT.

Please register here or by clicking on the following link by Wednesday, 15 July 2020: https://religionsforpeace.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ej3s6SDORbCmLeulMT7fHQ

You will receive the link to join the Webinar after your registration. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sarah van Bentum at svbentum@rfp.org. The webinar will applaud the step taken by Iraqi religious leadership representing various faith traditions in adopting the historic Interfaith Statement on the Victims and Survivors of ISIL, while also addressing critical issues of interreligious collaboration around Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the promotion of accountability as a basis for reconciliation. The webinar will primarily be conducted in English. However, Arabic and Kurmanji simultaneous interpretation will be available. We warmly welcome you to attend this important webinar.

With respect and appreciation,

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Secretary General, RfP

Mr. Adama Dieng
UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (UN OSAPG)

Mr. Karim Asad Ahmad Khan
Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD)

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CoNGO Notes: For more information about the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org.

[Registration Deadline] Stop Child Abuse in Social Media

HLPF virtual side event: Stop Child Abuse in Social Media

Dear Sisters and Friends,

Please register and join us for this very important side-event at #HLPF2020 on Wednesday, July 15, 1 – 2pm EST!  The theme: Stop Child Sexual Abuse in Social Media (OSEC) is one of the most serious cyber-crime and exploitation using technology platforms.  IT Private Sector is responsible to stop the exploitation using their social media platforms.  Maryknoll Sisters (ECOSOC accredited NGO)  is the lead organizer of this event in collaboration with other organizations.  In this panel we are joined by PREDA Foundation, a grassroots organization in Pampanga, Philippines to protect children from sexual exploitation; International Justice Missions’ *EndOSEC Center working with international, national and local authorities to catch perpetrators; Maryknoll Sisters Investment Advocacy using investors’ voice to address OSEC with IT companies.  From the Technology Sector,  Microsoft Digital Safety will share about their contributions to children safety online.  We also hope to hear from national governments about their actions.

The event will take a critical analysis of the role of digital technology specifically social media on the proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). We would like to inquire what is being done globally and locally to address this issue. This topic address the interlinkages of SDG 1, 3, 5, and 16.

Moderators:

Marvie L. Misolas, MM, Maryknoll Sisters

Sr. Winifred Doherty, RGS Main NGO Representative to the United Nations Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

Panel:

Shay Cullen, SC, Preda Foundation
John Tanagho, EndOSEC, International Justice Missions
Cathy Rowan, Maryknoll Sisters Investment Advocate
IT sector representatives
Member state representatives

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights-NY, please visit childrightsny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Family-Vienna, please visit viennafamilycommittee.org. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY, visit ngosonffd.org.

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