2012 International Youth Day: Building a Better World by Partnering with Youth

“To unleash the power of young people, we need to partner with them.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Omo Omoregbe  reminds youths of their civic duties:

Omo OmoregbeThe youths are the leaders of tomorrow; the youth should obey all the laws of his/her country, the youth is expected to pay all the taxes due to him as at when due, the youth owes loyalty to the government, his community.and even to himself.

The youth should be prepared to defend his country when it is threatened, the youth should always take good care of public property (whether placed in his custody or not) whenever he comes in contact with them, the youth should be honest, the youth should obey the head of state or government, the youth should obey the national anthem of his country and should not hesitate to serve his nation in any capacity (he is capable of) when called upon to do so.

Lastly, the youth should show respect to the national flag which stands as a symbol of national authority.

According to Chidima Catherine Nwaubani

Youths are the key stone in the society. They set up a lead for their peers and younger siblings, they mark and keep a conscious watch on their every day life and hang on to good ideas which can help them and the society move to greater heights. They distribute new ideas to their peers and colleagues. The youths are the ones mainly recruited into politics and the military, because they are still strong and focused. They harbour possibilities for a bright and ambitious future.

Ehis Omoregbe lists out some other roles the youth can play in societyEhis Omoregbe

  • To ensure the longevity of our planet,
  • to educate children about their rights,
  • To help other young people attain a higher level of intellectual ability,
  • to become qualified adults,
  • to shape the nation’s future,
  • to vote and be voted for,
  • to help the government and private sector in implementation of national policies,
  • to recognise problems and solve them,
  • to aspire for entrepreneurship rather than conventional employment,
  • to teach values and morals to peers and offspring, as well as help them become responsible, productive adults with promising futures.

Edekin Angela

Edekin Angela describes the key role of youth in the society as being:

To renew, refresh and maintain a civilization. The youths are the primary agents of change in the society, the workforce in the society and the society’s backbone. The youth can change the future of the society with their courageous behaviour.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

“On this International Day, I pledge the full support of the UN system to cooperate with indigenous peoples, including their media, to promote the full implementation of the Declaration.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

2012 Theme: “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices.” Here are some voices from Nigerian teenagers on their ethnic groups!

“What I love about my ethnic group is the unity among us, rich cultural heritage, their tradition, and social beliefs.” – Sharon Iyere

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“An ethnic group is a group of humans, individuals who share a common,  unique self identity. An ethnic group is also called a ”people” or a ”people group.”

Some words used to refer to a group as a seperate ethnic group are: tribe, nation, lineage, family, society, community and heritage.

What I love must about my ethnic group is our tradition and also our dressing. Our tradition and dressing is so unique!

Tradition, by the way, is the transmission of customs or belief from generation to generation. Things that were done in the times of our forefathers are still existing, like the festival that is organised annually for both adults, youth and children.

Our dressing is a very unique one that would make everybody love to be part of the group. I am so interested in the dressing, because people do not wear it everyday. It is worn occassionally by both the youth, adult nd children. The dress code is two wrapper, a blouse, big headtie and beads in both hand and neck.

What I mostly love about my ethnic group is the tradition and dressing, especially the dressing because when we come out with our dressing among other people, it looks so unique and attractive on them!” – Angela Edekin

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I’m from Edo State, my ethnic group is Edo. What i love most is their festival and masquerades;

The Edos have a very rich tradition of festival and masquerades through which the people either appease their various gods and goddesses, initiate men and women into age grades or just as a traditional get together.

The Igue Festival takes preeminence among other festivals which are celebrated in edo state. It is celebrated every December by the Oba of Benin to usher in the new year and as a thanksgiving for the outgoing one. – Omo Omoregbe

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Edo is the name of a place, people and language of an ethnic group, and it happens to be my ethnic group.

Edo speaking ethnic groups include the Esan, Afemai, Isoko and Urhobo.

WHAT I LOVE MOST is our music. Edo State is blessed with a large coterie of nationally and internationally renowned performers e.g Sunny Okosun, Peter King, Felix Duke and many others who have flown the flag of Edo State creditably.

In Edo state, there is no dance or song without satirical connotation or bearing. – Ehis Omoregbe Continue reading

GPI Asaba awarded grant by Delta State

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GPI Asaba on the 14th of April 2012 was awarded a grant of N50,000 (+/- $317) by Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development.

The grant was presented during an interactive session with the heads and secretaries of Delta State community development associations organised by the ministry in Asaba. Participants included the Honorable Commissioners for Women Affairs,and Information, Chief of Staff (Government House) Dr Festus Okugbor, Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Women Affairs) Mr Mathew Ukey and other directors from the ministry. NGOs and various Local Government communities were also represented.

The programme aimed at appreciating and encouraging NGOs and Local Government communities in their efforts towards promoting societal development.

Joy in Africa, Best Sister Sisters, Master Care, International Centre for Women and Child Development are some of the other NGOs awarded the grant. Continue reading

Drug Abuse

This article is by Omoreghae Angela, A GPI girl in Pearl Class.

Drug overdose

Many more Nigerian youths are taking to drugs of different kinds. Some take to drugs as a means of identifying with members of their age groups. Others do so as a means of rebelling against the values of adults, or as a way of escaping temporarily from reality.

A lot of parents today care more about making money than taking proper care of their offspring. They thus entrust their children to nannies whose backgrounds they know little or nothing about. Other causes include unemployment,  high rates of illiteracy and poverty, and the general insensitivity of the government to the common man’s plight.

Abuse of drugs leads to social problems of various types, many abusers end up invalids of one kind or the other. Some go mad and roam the streets. Their families reject them and they become a burden to the government that has to rehabilitate them. These people hardly ever become useful to the society or even themselves. Continue reading

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Message on the 101st International Women’s Day

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Gender equality and the empowerment of women are gaining ground worldwide.  There are more women Heads of State or Government than ever, and the highest proportion of women serving as Government ministers.  Women are exercising ever greater influence in business.  More girls are going to school, and are growing up healthier and better equipped to realize their potential.

Despite this momentum, there is a long way to go before women and girls can be said to enjoy the fundamental rights, freedom and dignity that are their birthright and that will guarantee their well-being.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world’s rural areas. Rural women and girls — to whom this year’s International Women’s Day is devoted — make up one quarter of the global population, yet routinely figure at the bottom of every economic, social and political indicator, from income and education to health to participation in decision-making.

Numbering almost half a billion smallholder farmers and landless workers, rural women are a major part of the agricultural labour force. They perform most of the unpaid care work in rural areas.  Yet rural women continue to be held back in fulfilling their potential.  If rural women had equal access to productive resources, agricultural yields would rise by 4 per cent, strengthening food and nutrition security and relieving as many as 150 million people from hunger.  Rural women, if given the chance, could also help end the hidden development tragedy of stunting, which affects almost 200 million children worldwide.

Discriminatory laws and practices affect not just women but entire communities and nations.  Countries where women lack land ownership rights or access to credit have significantly more malnourished children.  It makes no sense that women farmers receive only 5 per cent of agricultural extension services.  Investing in rural women is a smart investment in a nation’s development.

The plight of the world’s rural women and girls mirrors that of women and girls throughout society — from the persistence of the glass ceiling to pervasive violence at home, at work and in conflict; from the prioritization of sons for education to the hundreds of thousands of women who die each year in the act of giving life for want of basic obstetric care.  Even those countries with the best records still maintain disparity in what women and men are paid for the same work, and see continuing under-representation of women in political and business decision-making.

On this International Women’s Day, I urge Governments, civil society and the private sector to commit to gender equality and the empowerment of women — as a fundamental human right and a force for the benefit of all.  The energy, talent and strength of women and girls represent humankind’s most valuable untapped natural resource.

An organization helping to inspire a positive future and impact the minds and aspirations for girls

This article is by Omoregbe Ehis as part of the Blog for International Women’s Day programme. She is a GPI girl and Oasician.

GPI is an organisation that i would like to describe as helping to impact the aspirations of girls. It is a Nigerian non governmental, non profitable, non religious and a youth development organisation founded in 1993 to support in and out of school girls aged 10-18,  to access non sexist information and education on sexuality, leadership and other life management skills; promote and protect their sexual and reproductive rights.

Vision – A leading sustainable feminist institution with critical consciousness and capacity for empowering girls committed to the achievement of positive changes and transformation of patriarchal values in Nigeria.

Skills Training Unit: GPI offers free training in various centers for economic empowerment of girls to reduce the likelihood of them compromising their rights to bodily integrity for financial returns. GPI reaches out to girls in rural areas through her community intervention programmes and the execution of rural development projects.

International Women’s Day 2012

GPI will be celebrating the 101st International Women’s Day with two events.

BLOG FOR IWD

On the 8th of March, gpibenin will for the first time ‘Blog for International Women’s Day,’ hosted by Gender Across Borders and CARE. The theme for the Third Annual Blog for International Women’s Day, a day where bloggers, writers, and humanitarian organizations are asked to write on certain issues is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

Points to be addressed this year are

  • How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way?
  • Describe a particular organization, person, group or moment in history that helped to inspire a positive future and impact the minds and aspirations for girls.

Throughout the day of March 8, there will be a live blog of responses on GenderAcrossBorders.com. gpibenin will also feature responses from GPI girls.

PARENT-DAUGHTER FORUM

On the 10th of March, GPI Benin has organised a parent-daughter forum. The 2012 theme is “the role of parents in building the future of the girl child.” This annual forum works to bridge communication gaps between GPI girls and their parents, by making both parties express themselves in a moderated environment.

The venue for this year’s event is the GPI hall (67 New Road off Amadasun Street, Ugbighoko, Benin City, Nigeria) and the programme is scheduled for 9am. Parents and their daughters are expected to be in attendance.