Initiative Africa is proud to announce that it has successfully coordinated and facilitated the third and final training session for experts and supervisors of the One Stop Service Centers (OSSCs) with its partner Jobs Creation Commission (JCC). The trainings took place in Adama city, in three rounds – the first one from 16 –20 Nov 2020, the second round from 25 –29 Nov 2020, and the final round from 4 –7 Dec 2020.
The training sessions were part of the collaboration agreement signed between Initiative Africa and the Federal Job Creation Commission (JCC). The objective of the partnership is geared towards efforts which will contribute to the development of a labor market information system database with the aim of addressing the job and employment issues in Ethiopia.
In describing the satisfaction of JCC over the support provided by IA, Yosef Sertse Hailemariam
Director, Data Analytics & Systems Jobs Creation Commission (JCC)
“On behalf of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Jobs Creation Commission, I would like to extend my greater appreciation to Initiative Africa’s management and leadership team to successfully deliver our partnership per set agreement by contributing towards the development of a National labour market information system. Our partnership was exemplary to others with detailed preparation, planning and execution and we are very honored to partner with development partners with an excellency like yours.”
These trainings were made possible as one of the capacity building programs of the EMEA project implemented by IA with the support provided by Embassy of Sweden Addis Ababa/ Sida.
In its gender equality program called “MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN”, Initiative Africa has organized a two-days TOT for selected secondary school leaders and teachers on Gender Responsive Pedagogy in Adama City during 9-10 December 2020.
The objectives of the training were:
- To build the capacity of school leaders on how to make their schools gender responsive.
- To inspire teachers to prepare and deliver gender responsive lessons
During the training, management of gender responsive learning center, gender responsive language and classroom interaction as well as the issues of human rights and gender-based violence in schools were also addressed.
This training will also be cascaded to school leaders and teachers of the 112 secondary schools which are the targets of MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN project. The MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN project is supported by the Embassy of Sweden/ Sida.
Debre Berhan University with support of Initiative Africa and other organizations has celebrated International day for the elimination of Violence Against Women, and World Aids Day on December 8.
The University celebrated international Anti-Sexual Violence (White Ribbon) with the slogan “Let’s create a Generation that does not tolerate/ condemn Violence Against Women” The event had been celebrated for the 7th time in the university.
Global solidarity and resilient HIV services
The global HIV epidemic is not over and may be accelerating during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a devastating impact on communities and countries. In 2019, there were still 38 million people living with HIV infection. One in five people living with HIV were not aware of their infection and one in 3 people receiving HIV treatment experienced disruption to the supply of HIV treatments, testing and prevention services, especially children and adolescents. In 2019, 690 000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.7 million people were newly infected, with nearly 2 in three (62%) of these new infections occurring among key populations and their partners.
Despite significant efforts, progress in scaling up HIV services was already stalling before the COVID-19 pandemic. Slowing progress means the world will be missing the “90-90-90” targets for 2020, which were to ensure that: 90% of people living with HIV are aware of their status; 90% of people diagnosed with HIV are receiving treatment; and 90% of all people receiving treatment have achieved viral suppression. Missing these intermediate targets will make it even more difficult o achieve the end of AIDS by 2030.
The breakdown in essential HIV services due to COVID-19 threatens lives. COVID makes it difficult and dangerous for frontline health workers to deliver continuous, high quality HIV services to everyone who needs them. Sickness and restricted movement make it difficult for people living with HIV to access services. Economic disruption caused by COVID can make HIV services unaffordable or unobtainable. And the pandemic may interfere with supply chains and service delivery. For example, as of July 2020, one third of people on HIV treatment had experienced drug stockouts or interruptions in supplies. Supply disruptions such as these are devastating; a WHO and UNAIDS modeling study showed that six-month disruption in access to HIV medicines could lead to a doubling in AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020 alone.
Now is the time for us to once again make a leap in our response to work together to end COVID-19 and get back on track to end HIV by 2030. On World AIDS Day 2020, WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally for “global solidarity” to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19 on the HIV response. WHO has chosen to focus on “Global solidarity, resilient HIV services” as the WHO theme for World AIDS Day this year.
The key actions are:
1 Renew our fight to end HIV
The global AIDS response has slowed down: it’s time now to invest, to innovate HIV services with broader health care and the pandemic response to get back on track to end HIV by 2030. Missing the global targets for HIV for 2020 should not be a setback but a renewed call to do better.
2 Use innovative HIV services to ensure continued HIV care.
There are many new approaches countries are adopting to ensure HIV care during the pandemic. WHO has recommended multi-month prescriptions of HIV medicines to protect the health of people on HIV treatment and to reduce the burden on overburdened health services.
3 Engage and protect our nurses, midwives and community health workers
We urge policymakers to ensure that frontline health workers, nurses, midwives and community health workers are engaged and protected when delivering services for HIV and COVID-19.
4 Prioritize the vulnerable – youth and key populations
We need to ensure that children, adolescents and members of key and vulnerable populations affected by HIV do not fall through the cracks of health care disruptions during COVID-19. Key populations include people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people in prisons that are disproportionately affected by HIV.
Please join us for a webinar to celebrate World AIDS Day on 1 December 2020 from 13:00 to 14:30 Geneva time (Central European Time). The event will cover global efforts to ensure global solidarity and resilient HIV services, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The first round of the training organized for experts and supervisors of the One Stop Service Centers (OSSCs) of Afar and Sidam region were successfully conducted in Adama during 16 – 20 Nov 2020. This training is part of the training sessions to be organized for the four regional states (Afar, Gambella, Sidama and Somali) by the Federal Job Creation Commission (JCC) in partnership with Initiative Africa began. The next round of training for the experts of Gambella and Somali OSSCs begins on 26 November 2020.
The training is supported by Initiative Africa following the partnership agreement signed with JCC that signifies the commitment of both organizations to contribute towards the development of a labor market information system database that has a significant contribution towards addressing the job and employment issues in Ethiopia. This intervention specifically focuses on facilitating the training of experts and supervisors of OSSCs of the country.
The Shadow Pandemic
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue to strain health services, essential services, such as domestic violence shelters and helplines, have reached capacity. More needs to be done to prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
UN Women provides up-to-date information and support to vital programmes to fight the Shadow Pandemic of violence against women during COVID-19.
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As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified – in some countries,
Why we must eliminate violence against women
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:
- intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);
- sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);
- human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
- female genital mutilation; and
- child marriage.
To further clarify, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
The adverse psychological, sexual and reproductive health consequences of VAWG affect women at all stages of their life. For example, early-set educational disadvantages not only represent the primary obstacle to universal schooling and the right to education for girls; down the line they are also to blame for restricting access to higher education and even translate into limited opportunities for women in the labour market.
While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable – for instance, young girls and older women, women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, migrants and refugees, indigenous women and ethnic minorities, or women and girls living with HIV and disabilities, and those living through humanitarian crises.
Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights. All in all, the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to leave no one behind – cannot be fulfilled without putting an end to violence against women and girls.
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Initiative Africa successfully conducted a workshop today for the Innovative Grants Fund (IGF) which is one of the components of the Empowering Marginal Economic Actors through Policy Reform from the Bottom-Up project that is supported by the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Through this project Initiative Africa aims to support Business Membership Organizations[BMOs] and Chambers of Commerce through the Innovative Grants Fund (IGF); build the capacity of Business Membership Organizations[BMOs] and Chambers of Commerce to promote Trade and the Private Sector and also assist Business Membership Organizations[BMOs] and Chambers of Commerce in organizing regional level Public Private Dialogues.
IA had announced the call for proposals for the first-round application of the IGF on June 10th, 2020 with the deadline on the 31st of July 2020, and had received 57 proposals from organizations with varying sizes, types, and geographical locations. Today, at Harmony Hotel, Initiative Africa has announced that it reached at the stage of signing contracts with 32 applicants to be beneficiaries of this round of the Innovative Grants Fund (IGF).
Some of the major issues to be addressed with the 32 signed projects will be
- Mitigating the effects of COVID 19 on chambers of commerce and business membership associations and prepare as the crisis recede to support economic activity that is coherent with a green and just transition and leaving no one behind.
- Strengthen chambers of commerce and business membership associations’ engagement to influence the policy-making process and enhance the role of women in business leadership.
- Strengthen chambers of commerce and business membership associations to improve services to provide value to existing and potential members.
- Support chambers of commerce and business membership associations create a stronger business information services to improve trade, employment, economic development, and quality of life.
More than 40 people representing different Business Associations joined the workshop today. Participants from the workshop included different local, regional, and national Business Membership Organizations [BMOs], Chambers of Commerce, Women Entrepreneurship Associations, and representatives from consortium partners Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) AND Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).
Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.
The purpose of the Day is to:
- Strengthen public awareness of the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;
- Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
- Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
- Draw attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavour.
The Day offers the opportunity to mobilize all actors around the topic of science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school pupils. UNESCO strongly encourages all to join in celebrating World Science Day for Peace and Development by organizing your own event or activity on the day.
2020 Theme: Science for and with Society
This year, at a time when the world is struggling with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of World Science Day is on “Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic.”
Throughout this unprecedented health crisis, UNESCO, as the UN Agency with the field of science in its mandate, has endeavoured to bring science closer to society and to bolster the critically needed international scientific collaborations. From the science perspective, UNESCO’s response to COVID-19 is structured around three major pillars: promoting international scientific cooperation, ensuring access to wate,r and supporting ecological reconstruction.
To celebrate the 2020 World Science Day, UNESCO is organizing an online roundtable on the theme of “Science for and with Society in dealing with COVID-19.”
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