Consultations on CARICOM Gender Equality Strategy begins in Antigua and Barbuda

first_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 Women’s issues in focus at Barbados forumDirectors and coordinators of the Women’s Gender Bureaux from Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet in Barbados on February 23 and 24. The aim of the meeting is to discuss preparations for the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, scheduled for 9–20 March 2015 in New York,…February 22, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM,UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality, empowermentThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UN-Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.The signing took place during the official opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana. The MOU on…January 9, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua/Barbuda to host major CARICOM Development Forum“CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development”. That is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday 23 June 2015. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Brown will be among the Forum’s list of high level presenters, drawn from the Caribbean…June 17, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 The first of 15 national consultations on a draft Regional Gender Equality Strategy for CARICOM opened on Thursday, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. Approximately 50 stakeholders representing government, Non-Government Organisations, Civil Society Groups, the Private Sector, and Faith Based Organisations are attending the consultation. They are expected to give their views and recommendations on the strategy as it relates to a situation analysis of gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda, examine gaps and assess what could be some of the “quick wins” that could be harnessed to continue to achieve progress in the six priority areas of the strategy. The priority areas identified included equality and social inclusion, freedom from violence, access to health services, access to education, good governance and economic empowerment. According to Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Ann-Marie Williams, who is leading on the consultations, it was also expected that participants would better understand the gains made in gender equality and equity since the Beijing Declaration in 1995, while identifying what needed to be done in order to fast-track progress. Participants at another gender consultation on the 1995 Beijing Declaration in Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 Related Postscenter_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Ms. Williams emphasised that the strategy was crafted using a rights-based approach that took into consideration vulnerable groups, particularly the disabled and indigenous peoples. She also outlined that the Strategy’s goal was to accelerate the effective implementation of priority actions through a Regional coordinated approach to achieve gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in tandem with Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 speaks to the empowerment of all women and girls and is the driver of all the other 16 SDGs. The Deputy Programme Manager explained that the SDG framework was the latest that spoke to the empowerment of women and girls since the gender equality strategy had been drafted. She added that the strategy was also aligned with the Convention on the Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Samoa Pathway, the Montevideo Consensus and other regional and international frameworks on the advancement of Gender and Development that CARICOM Member States had ratified. As part of the consultations in Member States, key informant interviews will also be conducted in some of the countries. The purpose of those interviews is to find out how key informants can assist with advancing gender equality in those countries. The consultations are expected span the next few months with engagements confirmed in Guyana on March 6, Belize on April 5, as well as Grenada in May and Jamaica in June. It is expected that all 15 CARICOM Member States will provide their input on the strategy after which it will be reviewed and the necessary amendments made for a final document to be produced. Thursday’s consultation was held in partnership with UN Women and the Antigua Gender Affairs Division. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Search Continues Around Port Graham, Man Missing Since Wednesday

first_imgThe 34-year-old Port Graham resident was reported missing on Thursday and his skiff was located by a good Samaritan after the Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners in the area to be on the lookout. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ryan Meganack hasn’t been seen since the early hours of Wednesday, November 30th, though his skiff has been recovered and multiple agencies and private citizens have been searching the waters around Passage Island. Petty Officer First Class Bill Colclough says the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon still on scene and continued to search overnight.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Klopp condemns ‘disgusting’ Salah abuse ahead of Chelsea clash

first_imgA video circulated on social media ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League match at Slavia Prague this week showed a group of six supporters chanting “Salah is a bomber” repeatedly.Egypt forward Salah, who played for Chelsea before joining Roma in 2016, is a practising Muslim and has previously faced abuse about his religion.Chelsea’s security staff identified three people in the widely shared video and denied that trio entry to Thursday’s clash in Prague.It is understood that the remaining three people in the video did not attempt to enter Slavia’s Sinobo Stadium for Chelsea’s 1-0 quarter-final first-leg victory.Liverpool said the video showed “vile discriminatory chants” and was “dangerous and disturbing”, while Chelsea issued a statement pledging to use all available punishments against those involved.The incident is especially sensitive as Liverpool host Chelsea on Sunday in a match with huge implications in the Premier League title race and the battle to finish in the top four.Asked about the latest incident of racism in football this season, Klopp made it clear the behaviour should not be tolerated.“It’s disgusting. Another example of something which should not happen. We should not see it as a Chelsea or Liverpool thing,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.“If you do something like that you should not be able to enter a stadium again, from my point of view, for life,” he added.Four Chelsea supporters were suspended by the club for allegedly abusing Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s defeat at Stamford Bridge on December 8.Chelsea also criticised anti-Semitic chanting by Blues fans during the club’s 2-2 Europa League draw at Hungarian side MOL Vidi on December 13.Klopp believes life bans from stadiums are the only appropriate punishment for anyone found guilty of racism.“The stronger the reaction from all of us, the more it will help to avoid things like this in the future,” he said.The German manager believes football authorities, clubs and players must unite with one voice to condemn such actions and make a stand together.“It is a complete misunderstanding of how life should be — all parts of racism are that some people think they are more worthy or valuable than others and that’s the biggest misunderstanding in the world out there,” he said.“Football is the best example of how people from different races can work together brilliantly. “Go into any dressing room in the world and you see players sitting next to each other, and nobody cares where you come from or who your parents are.“Because football is very public we talk a lot about this so I think we pretty much have a strong voice and we have to use that strong voice and say altogether things like this are not allowed to happen again.”last_img read more

Public invited to consult on Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme

first_imgIrish Water is to host a public information evening to respond to queries about the Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme on October 15th. At present the towns of Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan have no (Ramelton and Rathmullan) or substandard (Milford) wastewater treatment and are discharging untreated or partially treated wastewater into the environment at these three separate locations.“The practice of discharging untreated wastewater is unacceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem,” the company said. “The proposed project will involve the design and construction of a new wastewater treatment plant that will deal with the wastewater from the three areas whilst safeguarding the environment and protecting human health.“During this information evening members of the project team will be available to answer any questions and take feedback in relation to the project.”The Public Information Evening will take place at The Chamber, Milford Public Services Centre on Monday 15th October from 5.30-7.30pm to present plans for the Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullen Sewerage Scheme.Public invited to consult on Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish WaterMilfordRameltonRathmullanlast_img read more

Clarity demanded over plans to reopen LUH Short Stay Ward

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty is seeking urgent clarification from Government over its pledge to reopen the 19 bed Short Stay Ward at Letterkenny University Hospital.The Donegal TD was speaking following having received a response to a Dáil Question on the issue of new hospital beds in which the Minister failed to specifically cite Letterkenny as one of the locations where additional beds will be rolled out next year.Deputy Doherty said “As many people will be aware the campaign to have the short stay ward at Letterkenny Hospital has been something which Sinn Féin has been to the fore on for many months now. “In fact, a petition initiated by the party last July garnered over 5,600 signatures from people across the county demanding that the ward be reinstated in order to alleviate the chronic problem of hospital overcrowding.“And while the pledge made by the government following the budget earlier this month that the short stay ward would be reopened was a fantastic achievement and one which is owing to people power, there are still serious questions over just how genuine the government’s determination is to deliver this pledge.He added that when he sought clarification from the Government over recent days about its plans to provide additional hospital bed capacity and queried the locations and time frame for the delivery of these new beds, there was no reference made to the Letterkenny Hospital in the Minister’s reply.“Instead, the Minister simply responded to state that in early 2019 an additional 80 hospital beds will be brought on stream and these included an additional 30-bed ward in Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda, a 40-bed modular ward block in South Tipperary General Hospital, and four high dependency beds in the Mater and Cork University Hospital respectively. “The Minister went on to give some vague details about the government allocating an additional €10 million in capital funding next year for further acute beds as part of the Winter Initiative 2019/20.“It’s now vital – given the severity of hospital overcrowding and lack of capacity at LUH – that the Government immediately provides clarity in respect of these plans to reopen the Short Stay Ward in Letterkenny.“This is why I intend to now raise this issue once again with the Minister where I will be demanding clarity in relation to the unit and when it’s expected that the short stay facility will be reinstated at the hospital.”Clarity demanded over plans to reopen LUH Short Stay Ward was last modified: October 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyluhPearse Dohertylast_img read more

South African women lead the way in science

first_imgRay Maota The aim of the regional fellowships is toincrease the representation of women inglobal scientific circles by funding theirscholarly endeavours.(Image: Flickr) Rachel Muigai, from UCT, is doing her PhDon the sustainability of concrete structures.(Image: UCT)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sara-Lea van EedenTaryn Fritz Public Relations &Communications+27 83 446 6109RELATED ARTICLES• Unesco fellowship for SA scientist• Unesco, AU to boost journalism• Space science thriving in South Africa• New centre to foster science careersFemale scientists from Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been honoured with 2011 L’Oréal-Unesco Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in sub-Saharan Africa.The five are Dalene de Swardt, Jeanne de Waal and Kim Trollope from Stellenbosch; and Olutayo Boyinbode and Rachel Muigai from UCT.The award ceremony took place in Melrose Arch in northern Johannesburg on 30 June 2011.Four of the women honoured on the night were South Africans. In total there were 10 recipients specialising in microbiology, environmental science, medical virology, chemistry and agriculture.Each took home a fellowship to the value of US$20 000 (R135 000) toward the completion of their PhD research projects.Philippe Raffray, MD of L’Oreal South Africa, said: “The programme was open to all women scientists up to the age of 40 across sub-Saharan Africa, who are working towards their PhD in all fields of science.”Raffray said that 175 women had submitted applications, which was a significant increase from the 2010 figure of 104.The number of fellowships awarded also increased, from five in 2010 to 10 in 2011.Professor Joseph Massaquoi, director for the Regional Bureau for Science in Africa, said: “Unesco is very enthusiastic about this particular fellowship because it contributes to the two global priorities of the organisation: Africa, and gender equality.”He said that the global cultural organisation was pleased to empower women in science, and help ensure the diversity of the scientific community in Africa.The Regional Bureau for Science in Africa is responsible for the preparation and implementation of science programmes in 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is an organisation of Unesco.  African scientific innovationDe Swardt is doing her PhD in medical virology, specifically in the field of HIV/Aids. Her research focuses on a type of immune cell, the dendritic cell.She said: “I’m developing a natural agent that I hope would block the HIV virus from entering healthy cells, while also curbing its activation status so that the agent can attack and clear out the infection.”Trollope’s research is centred on producing an enzyme used for the manufacture of sweeteners from cane sugar.She chose a career in science, she said, because she was interested in finding out how things work.“Also, I liked the idea of doing a job where things are not predetermined and are constantly developing. I also like to be involved in research as I think it forms the basis for many human activities and contributing to that knowledge base appeals to me.”De Waal is doing her doctorate on sustainable agricultural fruit production, with a special emphasis on eco-friendly pest management. She is developing a biological control agent to effectively control pests on apples and pears.Muigai’s area of speciality is the sustainability of concrete structures. She expressed her gratitude on receiving the L’Oreal-Unesco fellowship, saying that she was tremendously thankful that the two international organisations had considered her thesis and supported it.Muigai previously received a six-month research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, which she used to spend time at the Technical University of Munich in Germany in 2010.Boyinbode is doing her PhD in computer science.Empowering women in scienceThe Women in Science partnership was created by the L’Oreal Corporate Foundation with Unesco in 1998.The careers of nearly 1 100 women scientists have benefitted through the various fellowship programmes offered under the partnership.The aim of the national and regional fellowships is to increase the representation of women in the global scientific community by funding their scholarly work, and at the same time helping them to become role models for future female scientists.Raffray said: “Access to funds – especially in Africa – is far too often a barrier to women completing their studies, but through the fellowships we aim to remove at least this barrier.”The partnership also aimed to open up previously inaccessible opportunities, he said – not only for the talented fellowship recipients but also to the African community and the world at large, through scientific research that needed only a financial push to come to fruition.last_img read more

My Silicon Valley Fortune Cookie

first_imgWhile pondering my Midblog Crisis, I remembered a fortune cookie I received during the spicy noodles dinner in Palo Alto on 12 October (when I was in the US for the Web 2.0 Conference). Present at the meal were Dave Winer, Mike Arrington, Fred Oliveira, Gabe Rivera and myself. At the end of the delicious meal, we all got a fortune cookie. Here’s what mine said:“Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril.”I thought it was quite appropriate then – and especially so now given my post yesterday about re-focusing my blog. btw thanks to the people who left encouraging comments on that post! From left to right: Gabe, Dave, me, Mike, FredI miss Silicon Valley. But at least my blog is in the right place. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Reflections on My First Trimester

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Hellen Kotlolo, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Hellen Kotlolo, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It is true what they say about the first twelve weeks: feeling sick, the sleepless nights spent contemplating followed by fatigue and tiredness, the abdominal cramps, and even more difficult, the food, which tastes and smells different. What they do not mention is that this period is also a joyous and life-changing experience and similarly my experiences in India have had these “first trimester” aspects. But the symptoms are slowly fading as I enter the second trimester of my mentorship.It has been a wonderful journey of learning and interacting with the other Young Champions and my colleagues at work. I am reflecting on lessons learned and identifying certain skills that I need to improve. I have currently downloaded an introductory online research and statistics course which is helpful because I am currently working on an analysis of the Focused Group Discussions from the Birth Preparedness and Complications Readiness (BP/CR) project, and will be working on the interventions, tools and materials for implementation of this operational research project in Rajasthan, my “project in India.”CHETNA is collaborating with other NGOs with this project as a resource centre that provides materials, tools and publication. The coming weeks will require meetings with the field NGO and training of field workers for the implementation of the BP/CR project. So the next few months will be about developing materials and planning. CHETNA also facilitated my participation at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Conference in Delhi. Not only was I with other Young Champions but it was a great opportunity to interact with Professor Wendy Graham and Tim Thomas who both challenged us to start thinking about our projects more intensively especially when we return to our countries of implementation. Following our conversation, I have dedicated the months of my “second trimester” to the Lerato-Care YC, my own “project in South Africa”. Below a picture from the conference.I also participated in a review meeting in Vadodara held at Shroff Foundation Trust. CHETNA provides technical support to the foundation to implement RCH activities in underserved areas.I was fortunate to get an orientation of the hospital located on the city outskirts. While they conduct 25 deliveries a month, the maternity unit was empty when I visited and I discovered majority of the deliveries are conducted by doctors not nurses/midwives. When I was on the Surat field trip last month the maternity unit was also empty and unfortunately the community health centre in Surat only had one nurse/midwife and one doctor with majority of deliveries conducted either at home or by Dais. This CHC had nothing, not even a drip (intravenous infusion) except for IFA tablets. And the next referral centre was about one to two hours away. I am still wondering where the midwives/nurses are and what their responsibilities are if not providing care and conducting deliveries for women in labour? It has been a difficult process for me to understand the health care system in India. At the moment I am trying to figure out how I can help.As I enter the “second trimester” of my mentorship, a lot of work related activities and planning await me but mostly I am urged to fulfil my Young Champion project.Below an official introduction of my mentor and Ashoka Fellow, Indu Capoor and Smita Bajpai, maternal health project coordinator (working with her on the BP/CR project) from CHETNA.Share this:last_img read more

Team App announced as official smartphone application partner

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is delighted to announce Team App as its official smartphone application partner, with the partnership set to benefit the numerous Touch Football associations, clubs and teams throughout the country.Team App is a free, almost fully customisable, quick and easy smartphone application that associations, clubs and teams can use to create their own apps and improve the way they communicate with their members.Savvy clubs can also increase much-needed revenue by using the app to sell merchandise, tickets to functions, sponsorship offers and more.Administrators, parents, players, referees and coaches can also communicate more efficiently with each other through the apps’ innovative communication channels.“We are pleased to have partnered with Team App to diversify the way we communicate and engage with our participants. It is extremely important in all that we do that we innovate and adapt to ensure we can effectively connect with our community,” TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said.Team App Co-founder and General Manager, Rob Fletcher said it was exciting to partner with Touch Football Australia.“We are thrilled to partner with TFA to integrate Team App into Touch Football clubs throughout the country,” Fletcher said.“Like Team App, TFA are dedicated to supporting grassroots sport, and as an Australian company we are very proud to be providing a mobile communication solution accessible to all clubs to ensure future growth.”To create a free app for your association, club or team today, visit the Team App website www.teamapp.com.For more information or enquiries regarding the TFA and Team App Partnership or how to set up your free association/club app contact: TFA Affiliate Services Coordinator, [email protected] or phone (02) 6212 2800.Related Filesteam_app_partnership_media_release_may2015-pdfRelated LinksTeam App Partnershiplast_img read more

2016 NTL Referee Appointments

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees who were recognised for their performances at the event:Male Open Referee and Rick Borg Medal recipient – David BaggioFemale Open Referee – Amanda SheekyMale Senior Referee – John TaylorFemale Senior Referee – Indra GarnerReferee of the Tournament – Amanda SheekyRelated LinksNTL Ref Appointments Congratulations to the following referees who received grand final appointments at the 2016 National Touch League: Men’s Elite Eight – David Baggio, Matt Lavery, Kim SkellyWomen’s Elite Eight – Brett Freshwater, Luke McKenzie, Amanda SheekyMixed Open – Rob Bowen, Anthony Smith, Josh VernonMen’s T League – Brad Smith, Tony Calabria, Chris SchwerdtWomen’s T League – Luke Saldern, Michael Littlefield, Kai MarutaMen’s 30’s – Brian Blechynden, Tim Pearson, John TaylorSenior Mixed – Aaron Searston, Bernard O’Donohue, Annabelle ConnollyMen’s 40’s – Barry McNamara, John Frost, Greg TaylorWomen’s 27’s – Scott Marsh, Rebecca Ward, Giancarlo LeungMen’s 45’s – Steve Chan, Darren Couper, Paul EdmondsonMen’s 50’s – Craig McKee, Marcus Muller, Chris MurrayMen’s 55’s – Greg Kidd, Greg Myers, Matt WatersWomen’s 35’s – Jason Miller, Denise Weier, Larry KentWomen’s 40’s – Indra Garner, Fiona Quinn, Paul Sullivan last_img read more