Say NO to discrimination

President Peter Mutharika of Malawi Albinos announced today, 15th March 2019 that, United Nations will send 2 experts to Malawi in the next 2 weeks to investigate the brutal attacks and killings of people with albinism in the country.

The President wants the abductions and killings of albinos to end.

“I’d like to announce that the United Nations is sending two experts to investigate the killings of people with albinism to establish who are the people involved in these evil acts and where the market, if there’s any, is located,” ~ Mutharika

Mutharika’s announcement came as a result of criticism from Malawians, the opposition parties as well as the international organizations about his inability to put an end to the brutal killings.

The rate at which people with albinism are killed and abducted is becoming overwhelming, they are constantly been killed or going missing in Malawi.

In 2014,  a cry for help in ending the atrocities to people with albinism in Malawi has come to light. 

The United Nations (UN) wants the ‘ongoing atrocities’ against people with albinism in Malawi to end.

”Ritual killings and egregious human rights violations of the worst kind are instigated specifically against persons with albinism”~ ­UN experts

Perpetrators of this heinous crime believe that, body parts of albinos bring wealth, riches, good omen. 

Their body parts are used in witchcraft rituals, even though many traditional healers have been arrested it does not deter them 

There’s also the stereotype that having sex with an albino could cure people of serioous deceases like   HIV. 

Folklore and myths differ from one country to other African as to why people with albinism are tortured.

We hope this superstition comes to an end sooner than later through education.

People with albinism face discrimination and abuse, both at school and in their communities

 

Malawi is not the only African country affected by this horrific abduction and killings, neighbouring countries such as Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique have also similar problem.

An Albino father and son in Ukerewe, Tanzania. Albinism is a congenital disorder characterised in humans by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.

 

Are you an albino? Do have any stories you would like us to share for your? Please let us know.

 

Nigerian Actress Stephanie Linus named UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West & Central Africa

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund has appointed Nigerian actress and activist, Stephanie Linus as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West and Central Africa.

A Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) of Nigeria, a national award bestowed on outstanding citizens by the President of Nigeria, Mrs. Linus is an award-winning actress and activist, who is passionate about women’s rights and health. She is the executive producer of the movie – “DRY”, that tells a true-life story of a 10-year-old girl who was a child bride and who died early due to pregnancy-related complications, specifically fistula. Through her foundation,

Nigerian Actress Stephanie Linus named UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West & Central Africa

“Extended Hands”, Mrs. Linus has done extensive work in the field of fistula, which earned her the Miriam Makeba Award for Excellence in 2007, and the Beyond the Tears Humanitarian Award.

Nigerian Actress Stephanie Linus named UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West & Central Africa

“It is my aspiration that access to reproductive health care for women and girls, especially family planning, will be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for,” said Ms. Linus. “Fought for, not just because of equality, but because we are tired of women dying while giving birth, tired of teenage girls dropping out of school because they got pregnant too early, tired of women not having a choice to decide if, when and how many children they wish to have. I know I am tired of this. This is why I feel honoured to partner with UNFPA and to use my network to make these issues widely known.”Nigerian Actress Stephanie Linus named UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West & Central Africa

Nigerian Actress Stephanie Linus named UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West & Central Africa

“For UNFPA, improving the health and status of women and girls remains a priority, and we will continue to accelerate efforts, by building strategic partnerships to scale-up successful interventions that put young people first” said Mabingue Ngom, the Regional Director of West and Central Africa. “Our ultimate aim is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled”.

As Regional Ambassador, Mrs. Linus will help advocate and raise awareness on these issues, whilst encouraging policies and laws that protect the rights and dignity of the girl child, and the critical investments needed for young people to fulfill their potential and for Africa to reap its demographic dividend.

Congratulations! Human rights lawyer, Jacqueline Onalo, discusses participation on Meridian and being nominated for a Women4Africa Award…

Jacqueline has “many hats on”; working as Head of Human Rights, Compliance and Training at R. Spio & Company Solicitors, a Diaspora ChangeMaker and trustee of a number of charities with development initiatives, both in the UK and abroad… Read full story here : http://bit.ly/1FbBlOo

Jacqueline Onalo

Credit: Jacqueline Onalo/R. Spio & Company Solicitors

The United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day WHOThe United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day is held on August 19 each year. The day honors all humanitarians who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause, and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty.

The day aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation.

 What Do People Do?

World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to humanitarians worldwide, as well as to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities. The day aims to honor humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or injured themselves in the course of their work, and to acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff around the world.

Many communities and organizations try to increase the importance of humanitarians by distributing publicity and information material. Additionally, some try to speak to the press to help spread these key messages of World Humanitarian Day, while other groups organize public events worldwide that feature humanitarian work.

For the year 2010 and beyond, it is anticipated that World Humanitarian Day will focus on particular humanitarian themes to help increase public awareness.

Public Life

World Humanitarian Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Humanitarians provide life-saving assistance to millions of people worldwide. They place their own lives at risk to help others in conflict zones and areas of natural hazards. More than 700 humanitarian workers have died or experienced the most dangerous situations while trying to help those in need. Humanitarians provide support for different world challenges such as hunger, gender-based violence, refugees and displaced people, help for children, as well as clean water and access to sanitation.

World Humanitarian Day was established by the General Assembly of the UN in December 2008 and was first observed in August 2009. The date of August 19 is the anniversary date of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad where twenty-two people lost their lives including, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

The total number of people affected by natural disasters has risen over the past decade, and about 211 million people are directly affected each year. Women and children are especially affected because of their ongoing struggles with poverty, insecurity, hunger, poor health and environmental decline. There are new and difficult challenges that arise each year that will require more flexible funding and adaptable humanitarian work. The increasing economic crisis and global challenges such as poverty, global health problems, increase prices and the rising number of people on the move, increases the need for humanitarians each year.

Symbols

World Humanitarian Day does not have a logo because the day does not “belong” to the UN or any other agency or organization.  The media documents support the day by capturing images that show people helping others that are in need of assistance.

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