Speech: Women, Peace and the Security in the Sahel

first_imgWell, thank you very much indeed Minister for being with us again today. It’s fantastic to have you here and thank you for all the work Sweden has done on this important dossier. Particularly, for keeping it at the forefront of our minds in the Security Council and the way you have tried to ensure that these issues are properly integrated and that the Security Council and the UN more generally gets out of the silos that we’re all familiar with. A huge thank you obviously to Ms. Diop and to the Deputy-Secretary-General for leading this mission. I think it’s an incredibly important event. Like other speakers, I think it would be an excellent thing if it were to be regular. As my Dutch colleague said, there are lots of areas of the world that would benefit from your insights and your engagement. You can’t be everywhere but I think you’ve made an incredibly good start on this occasion.I was particularly interested in the assessment of the level of women’s participation in decision making and in peace and development processes and I was struck by the same comment about “prefer not to be raped” as my Dutch colleague but I think even more than that was the interest shown by the people you talk to in producing more female candidates. And I think if we had only one thing we could concentrate on, to build that pipeline for the future and to start changing behaviours through governments, I think will be definitely worth thinking further about.I’d like to say at the outset, Madam President, that we in the UK fully share your goal of having full delivery of [Resolution] 1325 by 2020. So you can count on Britain to work with you here and in Geneva at the United Nations to realize that. I think as other speakers have hinted, the question of women’s economic empowerment and their enjoyment of human rights and their role within their families and communities is something that needs to be nurtured and curated. And this is not just a moral issue. This is an economic issue. It’s a prosperity issue. Those countries will thrive who properly make use of and develop all the talents of their people. And I think the Kazakh Ambassador set it out very well when he talked about the link between security and development. So we do everyone a favour by intensifying this link between women’s participation in economic life and the foundation of peace and security.And from our perspective, we would like to see even more effort be dedicated to integrating a gender perspective in strategies including those about countering violent extremism and we would like to see more women’s involvement in policy planning – so right at the ground floor and I think that was one of the conclusions of the Informal Expert Group on Women Peace and Security in June.We heard a lot yesterday in the Children in Armed Conflict debate about the stigma of women returnees being disproportionately targeted when they go back to their communities and I think that’s just worth putting on the table again today. It would be very good to hear from the countries themselves what can be done to address that particular issue.Specifically on the Sahel, the United Kingdom is increasing our regional presence in the Sahel. We opened a mission in Chad in March this year. Chad and Niger sadly sit at the bottom, as I understand it, of the gender equality index and that’s why we in the UK want to do more to help those colleagues develop women’s empowerment. And I think the efforts that the Security Council, the U.N. system, the African Union and the G5 themselves have undertaken so far to ensure that we can fine-tune adequate measures to empower women is a very good step forward.From our perspective, we concentrate a lot on providing reproductive health services to displaced populations and refugees and we are prioritising access to voluntary family planning for future support. We spend a lot of our programme funds on climate and environment resilience in eastern Chad and the BRACED program commits to 50 percent women beneficiaries and includes the component on gender-based violence. So I think all those things are contributing, I hope, to what we’re talking about today.We also have a partnership with France arising out of the Anglo-French summit in January to work on gender within the Alliance Sahel; supporting greater mainstreaming on gender across the work of that alliance and if there are other colleagues in the United Nations who would like to know more about that, or even contribute with us, we’ve been very happy to work with other colleagues on that.You, Madam President, particularly mentioned education and girls education and again we spoke about that yesterday under the heading of Children in Armed Conflict. I’d just like to highlight that in the Sahel millions of children and youth are out of school, thanks to the presence of terrorist groups, the militias; the conflict between farmers and herders; the difficult economic situation experienced by many families; and of course girls are particularly affected. Sometimes it’s because of very basic things like schools lacking hygiene facilities to accommodate the particular needs of girls. The Sahel region, as we heard, has one of the highest rates of child, early and forced marriage in the world. So, the barriers to girls enjoying a proper education are very severe. The United Kingdom therefore has been concentrating on what we call the Girls Education Challenge and it is already working to support 1.5 million girls achieve a quality education. We are one of the largest donors to ‘Education Cannot Wait’ which Chad is one of the four initial investment countries. So, I just wanted to give a snapshot, Madam President, of some of the things we’ve been doing but to say how much we share your view that this is an absolutely critical part of being able to embed peace, security and stability in an important region. Thank you.last_img read more

Harvard Finds Kidney Stones, Malaria Among Global-Warming Risks

first_imgNov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Kidney stones, malaria, Lyme disease, depression and respiratory illness all may increase with global warming, researchers at Harvard Medical School said.Climate change from the burning of fossil fuels will add to risks to public health, said Paul Epstein, associate director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment in Boston. The center and groups led by the American Medical Association are presenting data at a briefing today in Washington as a call for action to curb emissions…Read more here (Bloomberg)last_img

If Love Is Love, Why Not Three Men ‘Marrying’?

first_imgCharisma News 24 February 2015If “love is love” and “everyone should have the right to marry the one they love,” then why can’t any number of people come together in “marriage”?On Valentine’s Day, three men in Thailand were “married,” and immediately, they became an Internet sensation.As reported on gaystarnews.com, when Joke, Bell and Art posted their “wedding” pictures online, “the Internet went crazy,” with one Facebook post receiving 50,000 Likes and more than 1,000 comments.Why not? After all, “love is love,” right? How can any gay activist object? As Art commented on Facebook, “Love occurs unconditionally and is not limited to only two people. Love brings peace to the world.”For years I’ve been talking about our ongoing descent into sexual anarchy, also warning that the moment you redefine marriage, you render it meaningless.The events in Thailand simply confirm what we’ve been saying all this time: If marriage is no longer the union of one man and one woman, then it can be anything: Two men, two women, three men, three women, or an almost infinite number of other possibilities.http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/48454-if-love-is-love-why-not-three-men-marryinglast_img read more

UTV roll-over claims life of Guilford man

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — According to Indiana Conservation Officers, Daniel Woolwine, 46, was target practicing and checking targets while operating a UTV.Woolwine was operating the UTV along a pond dam on a private property near the 20,000 block of Whites Hill Road in West Harrison.Investigators believe that Woolwine was traveling along an embankment when the UTV began to roll, tossed him, and came to rest on top of him.Conservation officers say 2 witnesses saw the roll-over and tried to move the UTV, but were unable to and quickly called 911.Woolwine was transported to Mercy Hospital in Harrison where he was pronounced deceased.Conservation officers say protective riding equipment including a helmet and the seatbelt were not being used at the time of the crash.last_img

Marketing class working with the FBI

first_imgStudents enrolled in Practicum in Advertising and Promotion Design (MKT 406) are helping to find the next generation of federal investigators here at USC.To gain practical experience in marketing, students enrolled in the class have been developing their skills by implementing marketing campaigns for various clients — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.MKT 406 is a class that allows students to get hands-on experience running real marketing campaigns. The class partners with EdVenture Partners, a non-profit organization that helps find clients interested in working with the class. This year, the FBI has chosen to utilize the class’s resources to promote a campaign it hopes will enhance the number of applicants to the agency.Professor Therese Wilbur, who has taught the course since 2006, believes the class is vital for students preparing for a career in marketing.“We execute campaigns for clients,” Wilbur said. “This course really stands out on a résumé.”At the beginning of the semester, the school gave the class a budget of $3,000 to run an effective campaign for the client. The FBI hired the class to run a marketing campaign to recruit 100 applicants for the FBI — 50 forensic accountants, who have similar responsibilities to financial analysts, and 50 for the specialist investigation division, who gather intelligence and perform physical surveillance.“The overall objective is to develop an integrative communication program that delivers on two objectives: investigative specialists and forensic accountants. The class has to research and develop a campaign that emits those objectives,” Wilbur said.To start, the class conducted primary research on student perceptions of the FBI.Using that information, they brainstormed ideas for the campaign and condensed them into a campaign message and final strategy.FBI representatives arrived on campus at the beginning of March to provide feedback for the campaign’s direction. The campaign was launched shortly after.“We executed the campaign across the West Coast,” Wilbur said. “After we execute, we will evaluate the results to see how or if we met [the FBI’s] objective.”Lauren Peterson, a senior majoring in communication and a student in the class, said three different campaigns were originally pitched: “Investigate your Future,” “You’re the Missing Piece,” and “Think. Do. Live.”“Now, we are doing ‘Think. Do. Live.,’ which was our strongest point,” Peterson said. “That’s what will be on all the posters and T-shirts, which are meant to recruit applicants.”Benjamin Gutierrez, a senior majoring in public relations, said he thinks the class promotes marketable skills.“This class provides real world experience for students,” Gutierrez, who is the public relations director for the class, said. “It demonstrates why it’s important to have good writing and communication skills. That’s what employers are looking for.”Gutierrez said the class operates like a real public relations agency.“Students understand how to deal with conflict and the clients’ boundaries,” Gutierrez said. “The class is almost like a full-time job.”The students said running the campaign taught them about what works and what doesn’t in marketing campaigns.“Trying to get donations during a tough economy is hard,” said Tobi Ogundipe, a senior majoring in music industry, and a member of the class. “Our budget is pretty small to reach who we want to reach — undergraduates. So I’ve learned to utilize the contacts we have, from campus representatives to local businesses.”The class also benefits the client, Gutierrez noted.“The FBI gets hardworking students. I feel like they get really great results from qualified students,” Gutierrez said.Peterson noted that one benefit of the class, aside from gaining valuable experience, was addressing FBI stereotypes.“It’s interesting to know what the FBI actually does. Everyone has this image from the media of what they are about,” Peterson said. “They are secretive about a lot of things, but you just have to work around it.”Gutierrez embraced the stereotype as another obstacle to tackle through the campaign.“It’s a challenge for us to break down the stereotypes of FBI agents and communicate that to everyone else,” Gutierrez said.In fact, he said he has seen what makes the FBI so rewarding to work with.“It’s every public relations agency’s dream client,” Gutierrez said, “They don’t shoot everything down, they have constructive criticism.”Ogundipe said she saw firsthand the FBI’s intelligence in working with USC students.“I think the FBI is really ahead of the curve when it comes to teaming up with college students,” Ogundipe said. “They need to use undergraduates to put the word out there.”As part of the campaign, events will be held on campus April 6 and April 8. The first event will be for investigative specialists, and the second event will be mainly a meet-and-great for graduate students interested in applying to the FBI.Wilbur said the benefits of taking the course are long-lasting.“This course has really opened doors for previous students in terms of getting interviews,” Wilbur said. “It’s all a potential employer wants to talk about.”Students currently taking the course are not surprised.“This is not your typical class,” Peterson said. “This is a group of USC students putting on an entire campaign for the FBI. This proves that USC students can do real-world work. How often do you get to prove it?”last_img read more