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In September 2019, Heads of State and Government gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This marked the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015.

The mantra “leave no one behind” has been embraced by the development community and embedded in global development efforts. The importance of tackling inequalities and fighting for the inclusion and participation of marginalized people is therefore obvious. However, it must be recognized that numerous voices are still not heard in the global development processes. A particularly loud one is that of people facing discrimination based on work and descent.

Discrimination based on work and descent (DWD) is estimated to affect over 260 million people worldwide, in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and North America. This form of discrimination which is prohibited under international human rights law is referred to by the UN as structural and hierarchical systemic discrimination. Descent based discrimination fundamentally undermines the dignity of the persons concerned; it fuels violations of the right to education and employment, undermines access to justice and all too often, catalyses sexual violence and other crimes targeted at women and girls[1]. Although reports such as that of the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues[2], presented during the Human Rights Council’s 31st Session in March 2016, limits its understanding of DWD to Caste and other analogous forms of discrimination, there are communities that have not necessarily been identified under the DWD framework that fit in the definition.

By Momodou Jaiteh, Journalist, The Gambia

A regional youth forum on governance, human rights and peace recently wounded up in Banjul, Gambian capital.

The forum which revolved around the theme “Engaging Young African Leaders in the Implementation of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas, Accelerating Positive Social Transformations for a Democratic, Prosperous, Inclusive and Peaceful Africa,” was co-organized by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Origination (UNESCO), Trust Africa and other partners.

UNESCO and its partners acknowledged that young women and men held creativity and potential to drive, change things for themselves, their own societies and the world.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Dembo Kambi, the Chairman of Gambia’s National Youth Council said African youths could no longer continue to be liabilities for their societies. He stressed that young folks in Africa could no longer continue to live in abject poverty, hopelessness and other problems in this day and age, saying: “We want to take part in the leadership and development process of the continent so that we can live the Africa we want.”

  • Your Excellency Dr Isatou Touray, VP of the Republic of The Gambia
  • Honorable Ministers
  • Dr Dimitri Sanga, Director of Unesco
  • Ms Fatou Jagne Senghor, Regional Director of Article 19
  • Dr Marema Toure, Chief of Section SHS, UNESCO/BREDA
  • The presidents of AYC, GNYC and PAYNCoP (pan African youth network for a culture of peace)
  • Ms Hanna Forster, Director of ACDHRS
  • Colleagues of UTG
  • The artists present here (Killa Ace, Master Soumi, Djeinaba…)
  • Distinguished Participants
  • Media reps
  • Youth of Africa

I feel greatly honored to stand here today to present greetings from the organisations that partnered with Unesco in the organization of this Forum: CODESRIA, Article 19, UNHR, UNOCHA, FAS...

Engaging young African leaders in the implementation of the 2030 and 2063 agendas, Accelerating positive social transformations for a democratic, prosperous, inclusive and peaceful Africa

Dakar on October 21, 2019- UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for West-Africa Sahel, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Trust-Africa, CODESRIA, ARTICLE 19, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the NGO women Africa solidarity through its Pan-African Centre for Gender, Peace and Development (FASPAC), the Gambian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM-Gambie) are co-organizing with the Pan-African Youth Organizations (PAYNCOP – AYC – AAPI), the third African regional youth forum scheduled to take place in Banjul (Forum-Banjul+3), in close collaboration with the Gambian authorities.

This prestigious African youth consultation, which is in line with the organizers' efforts to promote respect for political commitment, democracy, governance, human rights and guaranteed freedoms; social cohesion, conflict prevention, peace and security, will bring together young leaders from all over Africa from 28 to 30 October 2019 in Banjul to discuss the role of African youth in peace building and conflict resolution.

International Rural Women’s Day 2019

By Bethule Nyamambi and Nompilo Simanje

It is no longer a secret that women are the pivotal actors in agricultural activities, particularly in providing the productive labor force and knowledge that will contribute to building climate resilience in communities. Women are therefore the curators of knowledge on sustainable food systems, seasonality and nutrition. The 2019 theme for the International Rural Women’s Day could not be more relevant, with its focus on fostering climate resilience targeting the most affected - rural women and girls in Africa.  The unpredictable effects of climate change, which ultimately will reduce crop yield, disrupt food availability and access and increase inequality and poverty if not addressed, requires the adoption of a multidisciplinary approach to ensure rural women enjoy full rights and access to technology, skills and inclusive policies to address the evolving effects of climate change.

Par Abdarahmane Wone, Communications Officer, TrustAfrica

Les progressistes et les militants des droits humains ont très tôt compris l’importance de se battre pour donner aux femmes la place qu’elles méritent dans nos sociétés.
Ils ont compris l’importance de faire avancer la cause des femmes en général et celles du monde rural en particulier pour construire des sociétés beaucoup plus égalitaires.
Et l'un des acquis de cette longue lutte a été l’obtention d’une journée internationale dédiée à la femme rurale. C’est ainsi que depuis 2008, le 15 octobre est déclaré journée internationale de la femme rurale.
Décidée par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies par sa résolution 62/136 du 18 décembre 2007, la célébration met en exergue le « rôle et l’apport décisifs des femmes rurales, notamment autochtones, dans la promotion du développement agricole et rural, l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire et l’élimination de la pauvreté en milieu rural ».

L’atelier de restitution d’une étude exploratoire sur la prévention et l’élimination de la violence basée sur le genre au Sénégal, organisé par TrustAfrica ce jeudi 10 octobre 2019 à Dakar, au Sénégal, s’est bien déroulé.  L'atelier s’est tenu dans le cadre d'un projet de deux ans dont l’objectif est de s’attaquer à la violence basée sur le genre en tant qu’obstacle persistant, parmi d’autres, à l’autonomisation des femmes francophones en Afrique de l’Ouest, notamment dans trois pays prioritaires : le Sénégal, le Burkina Faso et le Mali.

Le Ministre de la Femme, de la Famille, du Genre et de la Protection des Enfants, des membres de la société civile, du mouvement associatif et des organisations des droits humains et des religieux ont pris part à cette rencontre d’échanges qui s’est tenue dans les locaux de TrustAfrica et qui veut participer à trouver des solutions à la violence basée sur le genre.

TrustAfrica Organises Debate on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Creation of an African Area of Production, Trade and Culture
TrustAfrica has successfully organized a dinner-debate on the “African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) and the Creation of an African Area of Production, Trade and Culture”. The event was held on Saturday, 5 October 2019 at the Hotel Terrou-bi as part of the 28th meeting of TrustAfrica’s Board.
The debate was organised primarily to interrogate the advantages and implications of the Free Trade Area agreement established by the African Union and signed in Kigali, Rwanda on 21 March 2018 by 44 Heads of State and Government of the 55 African Union Member States.
The keynote speaker was HE Abdoulie Janneh, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and a member of the TrustAfrica Board. The moderation was anchored by the President of TrustAfrica, Mrs. Coumba Touré. Contributors included Professor Fatou Sow Sarr of IFAN, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International and member of the TrustAfrica Board of Directors. and Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal.
The dinner-debate, which saw the participation of diplomats, academics, activists and members of civil society, provided a platform for participants to discuss and contribute to the conversation on AfCFTA as a vehicle for the promotion of intra-African trade and effective integration of the continent into the global economy.
The evening was also marked by the presence of eminent musicians like Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck who entertained the audience with beautiful presentations.
On behalf ot TrustAfrica, Vote of Thanks and Closing Remarks were made byProfessor Tade Aina, Executive Director of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), and TrustAfrica Board Member  

 We, the representatives of the 260 million discriminated people from 24 countries including parliamentarians, academia, human rights organizations across the world gathered together in New York, United States of America from 21st to 23rd September 2019 to participate in the “International Congress on Discrimination based on Work and Descent1, Casteism, Antigypsyism, Traditional and Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Other Analogous Forms of Discrimination”, deem it necessary and urgent to make this declaration.

TrustAfrica organise un atelier de restitution relatif à une étude exploratoire sur la prévention et l’élimination de la violence basée sur le genre au Sénégal. Prévu le jeudi 10 octobre 2019 à Dakar, au Sénégal, cet atelier se tient dans le cadre d'un projet de deux ans dont l’objectif est de s’attaquer à la violence basée sur le genre en tant qu’obstacle persistant, parmi d’autres, à l’autonomisation des femmes francophones en Afrique de l’Ouest, notamment dans trois pays prioritaires : le Sénégal, le Burkina Faso et le Mali. 

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