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Christian Club imparts entrepreneurial skills on 1,000 Plateau women

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A Christian club, Virtue Blazers, has organised a three-day workshop on entrepreneurial skills for 1,000 women in Plateau, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

NAN reports that the workshop also focused on promoting professional excellence among women to make them more competitive in service delivery.

Mr Tobi Salawu, the Northern Regional Coordinator of the club, who spoke with newsmen on Monday in Jos, at a ceremony to round off the workshop, said that its goal was to make women outstanding in their offices.

“ We organised the workshop to encourage and challenge the participants on professional excellence and entrepreneurial skills. We want to empower them economically and make them outstanding in the discharge of their duties.

“The entrepreneurial skills will encourage them to have multiple source of income to meet their personal and family needs because white collar jobs are scare or may not satisfy their needs,” he said

He said that the club had so far trained 15,000 participants since it commenced its seminars, workshops and camp training in 2005, adding that outreaches had also been organised to educate students on the dangers of social vices.

Among resource persons at the workshop were Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, former Minister for Water Resources, as well as Mrs. Leah Onigbinde, General Manager, Onigbinde Stores. (NAN)

SEO Basics: What Search Engines Are Looking For

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Search engines want to do their jobs as best as possible by referring users to websites and content that is the most relevant to what the user is looking for.

Relevancy is determined by

Content: Is determined by the theme that is being given, the text on the page, and the titles and descriptions that are given.

Performance: How fast is your site and does it work properly?

Authority: Does your site have good enough content to link to or do other authoritative sites use your website as a reference or cite the information that’s available?

User Experience: How does the site look? Is it easy to navigate around? Does it look safe? Does it have a high bounce rate?

What Search Engines Are NOT Looking For

Search engine bots only have a certain amount of data storage, so if you’re performing shady tactics or trying to trick them, chances are you’re going to be discovered. Items the search engines don’t want are:

Keyword Stuffing: Overuse of keywords on your pages.

Purchased Links: Buying links will get you nowhere when it comes to SEO, so be warned.

Poor User Experience: Make it easy for the user to get around. Too many ads and making it too difficult for people to find content they’re looking for will only increase your bounce rate.

Company to empower 500,000 rural women in Kwara

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No fewer than 500,000 women in rural communities will be empowered by Kaiama Shea Butter Company for the proposed planting of one million Shea butter trees across the state.

Mr Temitope Amujo, the Chairman of the Company, said this while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.

According to him, the state government, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), had provided the enabling environment for the take-off of the company in the state.

“We launched the Save-the-Shea campaign with the sole mandate of planting 100,000 Shea trees, empower 500,000 rural women in communities and achieve zero poverty in the state.

“This is to ensure safe climate; and to achieve this, we have acquired land in Kaiama Local Government Area to establish the first commercial Shea plantation and develop the first Shea Hub, called Kaiama Shea Hub (KaSH).

“We recently discovered that Shea tree is one of the endangered species that is seriously affected by deforestation activities because of its high quality for charcoal production.

“Our major target now is to discourage cutting of Shea trees for charcoal production, plant new trees and establish another Shea hub.’’

Amujo said that the specific vision was to create a minimum of 300 local jobs and attract foreign investment in Shea value chain development in the state.

He said that about N30 million has been injected into the company — N12 million in grant, N10 million sourced from private investment and N8 million in liability.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Shea butter processing plant was established in 2014. (NAN)

South Africa may finally be marching towards solutions to sexual violence

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The start of Women’s Month (August) in South Africa this year was refreshingly different from other years as women took to the streets in #TheTotalShutdown protests. It saved the country from the yearly hackneyed speeches by politicians about women’s empowerment.

The marches reminded South Africans of women’s protests that took place during the country’s transition period between 1992 and 1994 under the banner of the Women’s National Coalition. At the time women were demanding to be included in the negotiation process and in designing the architecture of the new democracy.

In the decade that followed activism around women’s issues became limited to campaigns that were smaller in scope, such as the Shukumisa Campaign that engaged the state around the Sexual Offenses Act, or the One in Nine Campaign which proclaims that only one in nine rapes are reported. There has also been NGO activism.

Five years ago when the country was shocked into action after the brutal murder of Anene Booysen. The 17-year old was gang raped, disembowled and left for dead in a small town called Bredasdorp in the Western Cape province. The brutal nature of the attack led to a country-wide outcry and was featured on the front pages of newspapers.

This campaign was short-lived, but it emphasised the need for state intervention that did not happen. Three years later, in 2016, protests erupted at universities across the country as students took gender based violence to the streets. The #EndRapeCulture protests were led by women at universities and was, in my view, South Africa’s #Metoo moment – even before #Metoo happened globally.

The #EndRapeCulture exposed the insidious nature of sexual violence, men’s entitlement and women living in constant fear of being raped or sexually brutalised. It was a resistance against the normalisation of gender based violence.

Then the issue once again fell away from public attention – until recently, when women began mobilising for the #TheTotalShutdown protests. This was the first time activism on a national level focused on gender based violence, not only against women but also against members of the LGBTIQ communities.

This activism was long overdue. Not only did the protest marches foreground sexual violence; they also attempted to change the binary view of sex as male and female.

The demands

The #TheTotalShutdown has 24 demands in its memorandum. None of these are really new, but they are the reiteration of requests that have been made again and again in the hope that something will change this time.

The most important demands are:

  • a review of past national action plans on gender based violence and the development of a new National Action Plan;
  • the re-establishment of the Joint Monitoring Committee on the Quality of Life and the Status of Women that did stellar work monitoring state departments under the leadership of feminist and human rights activist Pregs Govender in South Africa’s first democratic parliament;
  • greater involvement in monitoring gender based violence by the country’s Chapter 9 bodies, such as the Commission for Gender Equality; and,
  • the prevention of secondary victimisation and consistent sentencing of perpetrators of sexual violence; psycho-social support and better resourcing of the Thuthuzela care centres, one stop centres for reporting rape at police stations.

What’s next

Women have been asking for a great deal of what’s on the list for more than a decade.

So why has there been no action?

There’s clearly a lack of political will to deal with sexual violence. This starts with state agencies such as the police that often trivialise women’s reports of rape, are quite lethargic to investigate rape and often are complicit in rape themselves. This needs to change.

South Africans need to know how police are trained to deal with victims of sexual violence.

The large numbers of women who took part in the #TotalShutDown marches showed that women are not only victims. They also have agency. Their decision not to allow men to participate was so that women could take a stand without men taking charge. Men can show solidarity through working with other men, and by challenging men who are involved in violence.

The #TotalShutDown protesters demand 365 days of action against gender based violence. But more powerful ways of keeping government to account must be found. The fight against gender based violence needs to move beyond simply seeking that perpetrators be jailed, as the ANC Women’s League does with its mantra

rapists should rot in jail.

Violence should be dealt with not only once it has happened but should also be prevented. How many more women have to get raped or lose their lives before South Africa develops interventions that will not put the burden of responsibility on women’s shoulders?

This article was originally published in The Conversation.

African Mental Health Advocate Launches My Mind My Funk Radio Show

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Multi-award winning Kenyan mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula best known for running a Google Award winning blog has launched a 2 hour weekly radio show dubbed My Mind My Funk Radio (MMMF) Show as a spin off of her blog which she ran for 8 years.

Wafula who uses her personal experience – living with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar – to bring mental health conversations to the forefront in Africa.

Her blog provided people in Africa with mental health information and support and for setting up Kenya’s first mental health support line which provided over 11,000 Kenyans with information and linkages to support groups, psychologists and psychiatrists in its first year.

Her previous projects – the blog and support line – have seen her named among the top 50 global social impactors, top 42 African innovators to watch, 40 under 40 women in Kenya and Non Communicable Disease Champion by the Ministry of Health in Kenya. She has also been invited to share her journey and work by TED Talks and at a UN General Assembly Showcase in New York.

She always point out that‎ mental health isn’t about illness but well being and that the show is all about making mental health conversations, everyday conversations in African homes.

Her guests are a mix of people who are living with a mental health conditions, care givers, service providers as well as people who do not fall in any of the above groups but are keen about self care as they go through their day to day life.

The live show airs every Wednesday 11-1p EAT on radioasylum.com. Previous episodes can be gotten from http://www.thementalhealthacademy.org alongside a list of crisis lines and support groups across the continent.

Sitawa headsThe Sitawa Wafula Mental Health Academy, where she is using her over 8 years experience in self, national and international mental health advocacy to develop the next generation of mental health champions in Africa.

Through the academy, Sitawa provides early stage mental health service providers with skills, resources and community so as to build thriving programs that make an impact in the mental health space in Africa. So far, she has worked with 30 champions from 8 African countries, some of whom have already built program that are making impact.

 

NGO donates 160 aprons to market women in Abuja

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Photo Credit: NAN

In a bid to promote cleanliness among traders and check health and environmental hazards in the market, an NGO known as `Umuada Di-Igbo Mma’, on Friday distributed 160 pieces of aprons, at Utako Market, Abuja.

The National Coordinator of the Abuja-based organisation, Mrs Beauty Ikeaka, said that the initiative was meant
to promote a clean trading environment and encourage the market women to sustain their efforts to fend for their families.

“We are just doing this to promote cleanliness in the market.

“What we want is the happiness on the faces of the people. If you are not operating in a clean environment, people would not patronise you.”

She urged the women to participate in the voter registration and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in order to vote for candidates of their choice in 2019.

Also speaking, the FCT chapter Chairperson, Mrs Juliet Michael, said that the gesture was intended to give the benefitting traders a decent and befitting look.

“We want the traders to change their old and unappealing appearance and look decent and attractive in the apron.”

The Chairman of Utako Market Task Force, Mr Austine Nnadi, thanked the NGO for the gesture, saying that it would contribute to the cleanliness of the market.

“The apron is an added advantage and it is a nice and encouraging initiative.

“As the management of the market, we encourage and appreciate the organisation for the gesture. (NAN)
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Meet the Nigerian School Girls Who Won Technovation Prize For a Fake-Drug Detector

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Every year Technovation invites girls to identify a problem in their community, and then challenges them to solve it. Girls work in teams to build a mobile app and create a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by the Technovation curriculum.

This year, five Nigerian teenagers won first place in the junior division of the Technovation World Pitch Summit held in San Jose, California for the FD Detector (Fake Drug Detector) App that tackles the problem of counterfeit pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

For years, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been struggling with the issue of conterfiet drugs in Nigeria. A lot malaria deaths in Nigeria are have been linked to the use fake medicines and 40% of counterfiet drugs all over the world is dumped in Africa.

The winning team consists of five girls from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra State: Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuka Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.

They were mentored by 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Uchenna Onwuaegbu-Ugwu who founded a STEM Center for children and youth from ages 3-18, especially girls in rural communities in eastern Nigeria.

Technovation has worked with more than 23,000 girls around the world to develop mobile apps and startup and in 2018 nearly 2,000 teams submitted mobile apps to the program (a 59% increase from 2017).

 

 

 

 

Meet the Ivorian Woman Who Makes Art With Her Own Hair

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21-year-old Laetitia Ky from the Ivory Coast who began braiding her own hair at the tender age of 5 currently recreates her own hair into art pieces which are very surreal.

In an interview with Vogue, she said “It’s important to express my African heritage through my hairstyles, I use myself as a canvas to symbolize self-assurance and self-love.”

She further explained that she uses her work to express her beliefs.

Here are some of her works

 

 

IHVN empowers vulnerable women with funds in Nasarawa

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has empowered over 100 vulnerable women and caregivers in Nasarawa State with N10,000 each to improve their lives.

Disbursing the funds to the women in Doma on Thursday, Mrs Safiya Sani, the state Programme Officer of the institute, urged the beneficiaries to ensure judicial use of the resources.

Sani said that the body deemed it necessary to come to the aid of the vulnerable women and care givers to give them a sense of belonging.

“The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) deems it necessary to disburse this money to the vulnerable women and caregivers in Doma to improve on their standard of living and that of their family members.

“I urge you to use this fund to take care of your children, their health and other problems to better their health and standard of living,” she said.

Sani called on the vulnerable women and other people to always take adequate care of their health and that of their family members, saying “a healthy nation, is a wealthy nation”.

Besides, she called on parents to give adequate attention to education of their children in the interest of development.

She restated commitment of the organisation to key into good policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs Blessing Okoro and Malama Fatima Abubakar, commended the institute for the gesture and promised to use the money to better their economic status. (NAN)

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