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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. 

Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director TrustAfrica/ Interview with University World News

Both the “climax” of globalisation – marked by the rise of Trumpism*, Brexit and narrow nationalisms – and the deepening of globalisation dominated by a neoliberal agenda pose threats to the internationalisation of higher education. However, the African continent and its institutions can still make strategic choices around internationalisation, avoid being locked up in “new forms of dependency”, and contribute towards bridging knowledge divides.

This was the view of Professor Ebrima Sall, former executive secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and currently executive director of Trust Africa based in Senegal.

Speaking at the second HEFAALA symposium held in Addis Ababa last month on the topic “The climax of globalisation: The endurance of internationalisation”, Sall said the kind of internationalisation promoted by African universities should contribute to the building of a “much more open, inclusive and equitable global higher education space in which the South will not just be at the receiving end, but also an effective, legitimate and recognised contributor”.

“Internationalisation in higher education should also be subjected to critical analysis given the knowledge divides (World Social Science Report 2010) and the inequalities and power dynamics that exist within the world of higher education itself. As we have seen, internationalisation has not always been, and will not always be ‘intentional’.
However, because internationalisation is, in some respects, a site of struggle, Africa as a region, and individual African institutions and countries can make strategic choices in so far as internationalisation is concerned,” he argued.

Patrick Barigbalo Naagbanton, a dear friend to the Trust and an avid human rights crusader, died on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The news of his death was received with great shock and sadness by all. Patrick Naagbanton was nominated and served in the inaugural class of the Trust’s Advisory Council from 2017 – 2019, where his contributions on strategy and advancement for sustainable development in Ogoniland has helped put forward the Trust’s work locally and nationally. His wealth of experience in the development sector spanning over a period of two decades was key in his appointment as a member of the Advisory Council. Patrick was instrumental in helping the relatives of Ken Saro-Wiwa bring a case against Shell in a US court, for their role in his death and nine other activities from Ogoniland. The Shell vs. Wiwa case resulted in a $15.5 million settlement to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and the creation of the Kiisi Trust Fund with an initial $5 million endowment for the benefit of the Ogoni peoples.

The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) announces the sixth goal of the SDGs 2030 as subject for the 2019 Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development "Ensure access to water and sanitation for all "and invites the United Nations, international and regional organizations, ministries and public institutions, social business enterprises, national NGOs, individuals and development actors worldwide to submit nominations for the Prize. Prince Talal International Prize amounts to US$1,000,000, divided into four categories; the First category prize (US$ 400,000), specified for projects implemented by UN agencies or international and regional NGOs, the Second category prize (US$ 300,000), specified for projects implemented by national NGOs, the Third category prize (US$ 200,000), specified for projects implemented by governmental bodies (ministries and public institutions) or social business enterprises and the Fourth category prize (US$ 100,000), specified for projects initiated, funded and/or implemented by individuals.

It is worth mentioning that the projects that best contribute to achieving all or some of the targets of the sixth Sustainable Development Goal 2030 "Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” shall be eligible to compete for Prince Talal International Prize 2019 and that the deadline for receiving of nomination is 30 November 2019.

Project: NIGERIA ANTI-CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM FUND

About TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is an African-led, pan-Africa foundation dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It also has offices in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. 

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