Prize Award Ceremony in Yaounde

20 December 2014

Prize award ceremony The 2014 Human Rights Day was celebrated in Cameroon on the theme “Human Rights 365”. As part of these celebrations for, The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde, carried out a series of activities to create awareness on this observance. This included a national competition called “Prix Special d’Excellence en Droits de l’Homme”, which was opened for students in Secondary and High Schools in Yaounde and Civil Society Organisations active in the promotion and defense of Human Rights in Cameroon. This activity aimed at valorizing and promoting creativity in Human Rights issues. Students were called upon to submit their respective arts work in domains as varied as paintings, fine arts, songs and drawings. 

UNIC Yaounde provided documents such as Basic Facts, Universal Declaration for Human Rights, UN Charter amongst other items and articles, which were packaged and handed to winners, at a gala evening organized to end the 10-day series of activity on 20th December 2014

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Positive Reflection of UN Image On the Eyes of Youngsters in Rural Bangladesh

19 December 2014

Bangladesh is an emerging and resilient South Asian country. The people of the country face various challenges and have learnt to overcome them using indigenous and ICT knowledge. 

One third of total population of Bangladesh consists of young people. These youngsters are the future leaders of the country. According to National Youth Policy, the age group between 18-35 years are called ‘Youth’ in Bangladesh. They are the most energetic and productive segment of the total population in Bangladesh. The development of the country depends on the work they do and the path they choose. There have been some significant achievements in MDGs. The government and UN agencies have been working towards designing a meaningful Post-2015 Development Agenda for Bangladesh. 

The United Nations Information Centre in Dhaka has been critically involved in educational outreach activities throughout Bangladesh. It has been observed while arranging several UN events in educational institutions in rural areas that the children are pro-UN in expressing their opinions about the role and activities of United Nations. They often refer to Bangladesh’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping Missions where Bangladesh ranks 1st or 2nd position in troop contribution for the last decade.

UNIC Dhaka reveals the positive feedback about the United Nations during its recent educational outreach programme in Bandutia Memorial High School, Manikganj where most of the students come from rural areas and took part in seminar and quiz contest.

A couple of children of the school were interviewed about their thoughts on United Nations. Reema Akhter, a student of Grade-9, who stood 1st position in UN quiz contest said, “After attending UNIC Dhaka’s event at our school, I have come to know about UN origin, its objectives, and activities. I liked the way the UN works globally and I am motivated. After completion of my education I will apply to work for UN and serve people. I have been inspired to voluntary work for the community and spread awareness to uneducated parents about sending their children to school.”

Awlad Hossain, a student of class-10, had a similar analogy.

A recent survey result shows that rural citizen of Bangladesh are becoming increasingly aware of the beneficial outcomes of the events held by UNIC Dhaka. 

Information Centre (UNIC) in Dhaka organizes various educational outreach events including information literacy training, seminar, quiz contests, etc. in rural schools in various parts of Bangladesh.

During the event, the practices of different UN agencies in Bangladesh were depicted to the young students by presentation and exhibition. Issues like peace, development, human rights, health and education were brought up in the Q/A session. The participation rate was overwhelming; the overall event was grandiose, and successful.

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Interpersonal violence leading cause of death among women - UNIC

18 December 2014

The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, has    emphasized that interpersonal violence is one of the leading causes of death for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years. He said this while speaking on ‘Curbing gender violence – Role of the Nigeria Police’ at a programme organised by the West African Women Association (WAWA) in Lagos to mark this year’s International Human Rights Day.

Making reference to the report of the Secretary General entitled, ‘In-depth study on all forms of violence against women’, Soremekun noted that ‘half of all women who die a violent death do so at the hands of somebody they were in an intimate relationship with.’ 

In her welcome address, the focal person of WAWA, Chief (Mrs) Beatrice Ubeku, called on stakeholders on gender issues to join hands and make Nigeria free of violence against women and girls. She pointed out that ‘women and girls who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished.’

Contributing, the Divisional Police Officer, Onikan Division, Joseph Aloefuna, drew attention to the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that women between the ages of 15 to 45 were more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. He also stressed the issues of rape and other forms of violence.

In her remarks, the Executive Director of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Odumakin, charged all Nigerians to stand up against gender based violence. Gender based violence, she said, ‘is a hindrance to economic stability and growth through women’s lost productivity.’

Interpersonal violence leading cause of death among women - UNIC

16 December 2014

The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, has    emphasized that interpersonal violence is one of the leading causes of death for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years. He said this while speaking on ‘Curbing gender violence – Role of the Nigeria Police’ at a programme organised by the West African Women Association (WAWA) in Lagos to mark this year’s International Human Rights Day.

Making reference to the report of the Secretary General entitled, ‘In-depth study on all forms of violence against women’, Soremekun noted that ‘half of all women who die a violent death do so at the hands of somebody they were in an intimate relationship with.’ 

In her welcome address, the focal person of WAWA, Chief (Mrs) Beatrice Ubeku, called on stakeholders on gender issues to join hands and make Nigeria free of violence against women and girls. She pointed out that ‘women and girls who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished.’

Contributing, the Divisional Police Officer, Onikan Division, Joseph Aloefuna, drew attention to the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that women between the ages of 15 to 45 were more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. He also stressed the issues of rape and other forms of violence.

In her remarks, the Executive Director of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Odumakin, charged all Nigerians to stand up against gender based violence. Gender based violence, she said, ‘is a hindrance to economic stability and growth through women’s lost productivity.’