Three years ago I travelled to Sierra Leone. Of all the incredible people I met it was the women and girls whose indefatigable attitude to life bowled me over. But since the Ebola outbreak in 2014, heartbreakingly over 12,000 children have been left orphaned in Sierra Leone. What is life like for Ebola orphans and the women supporting them now?
I met women like Ma Musu. A community activist for nine years, we trained her during the Ebola outbreak so she’s now able to practice psycho-social counselling for her community in Freetown.
I. General / Inter-Sector Update
Refugee Arrivals and Returns:
Over the last three months, due to strengthened advocacy, the average daily arrival per month showed a relative increase: July – 36 individuals; August – 50 individuals; September – 64 individuals; 1-6 Oct – 63 individuals. This compares to the average daily return rate of: July - 66 individuals; August - 129 individuals; and September - 103 individuals.
- Boko Haram-related insecurity continues to result in critical humanitarian needs throughout the Lake Chad Basin
- Nigeria’s IDP population increases by 765,000 individuals between June and August
Chad: Violence continues to fuel large-scale displacement in Lac region. Suicide attacks on 10 October killed 41 people and wounded 48 at a busy Bagasola market and a refugee camp on the town’s periphery. Over 71,000 people who have been displaced since July face urgent shelter, food, WASH and health needs.
Following armed clashes in Mansi Township in Kachin, UNFPA has distributed over 140 emergency dignity kits in camps for internally displaced people. The kits were given to vulnerable women and girls over 13, who have recently arrived in camps to escape gun fighting.
One women said: “The fighting happened while I was controlling cattle herd in the field. Hence, I ran directly to Mansi without getting any chance to take my properties. So, basic materials distributed by agencies like UNFPA is very useful for me”.
Grant Contracts for two GGP projects were signed today by Mr. Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the PA, and the representatives from Society of In’ash Al Usra, and Sebastiya Municipality at the Representative Office of Japan in Ramallah for a total amount of US$ 178,600.
8e & 9e séances – matin & après-midi
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS
La plupart des intervenants qui ont pris part, aujourd’hui, au débat de la Troisième Commission sur la promotion de la femme, ont fait valoir l’urgence de la mise en œuvre effective de la résolution 1325 (2000)) du Conseil de sécurité sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité, dont cet organe célèbrera demain le quinzième anniversaire.
Seventieth Session, 8th & 9th Meetings (AM & PM)
The new Sustainable Development Goals could not be achieved without full and equal rights for all women, top United Nations officials told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today, as it began its discussion on the advancement of women with an interactive debate.
Seventy-five-year-old Boonpeng has spent his whole life in the village of Fang in Thailand’s Pong Nam Ron sub-district. He grew up and went to school there, and eventually went to work in the fields growing crops. After retiring at the age of 65, he became leader of the older people’s association for the sub-district.
On 24 September 2011, a flood hit Boonpeng’s village Two people were killed, 58 houses were destroyed and a bridge collapsed. It was then that he got involved in disaster risk reduction, as he explained:
Tenure insecurity, the fear of forced eviction, is a harsh reality for many who are internally displaced in urban areas, especially women. Guest bloggers Laura Cunial, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Adviser and Kirstie Farmer, Housing Land and Property Advocacy Adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) discuss the daily struggles of displaced women in urban areas.
Threat of eviction is a daily struggle
ADJUMANI REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Adjumani District, Uganda – When Laura Jurua’s labour pains began in the middle of the night, she knew she had to get to a health centre to deliver because she had been advised on the dangers of doing so at home. Expecting her third child, the 26-year-old refugee from South Sudan informed her neighbours she had gone into labour. They helped her call an ambulance.