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COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates gender inequalities in Afghanistan

CARE’s Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) draws from CARE’s experience in Afghanistan, and survey questionnaires with 320 people (50.3% women and 49.7% men), and key informant interview (KII) with 59 community leaders (44% women and 56% men) and 18 line representatives (50% women and 50% men) from Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Public Health across seventeen (17) districts in nine (9) provinces in Afghanistan. The RGA points to ongoing severe economic, financial, health, and security impacts that will be especially worse for women and girls. The immediate impacts at the time of this assessment, center around the loss of income, food insecurity, lack of access to basic needs, limited mobility due to government lockdown, increased gender-based violence, and insecurity. The impacts – direct and indirect – fall disproportionally on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women and girls, poor households, IDPs, female-headed households, and people with disabilities.

Gender-based inequality is extensive in the country – decades of conflict, food insecurity, and conservative patriarchal norms limit Afghan women and girl’s freedom of movement, decision-making power and access to health, education, and other basic services and resources. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating gender inequalities by restricting the limited rights women enjoy in the country and increasing their dependency. The findings from this assessment show that women are bearing the most significant burden of caring for their families; they have limited freedom of movement; face limited decision-making power at home and in the community and experience an increased level of gender-based violence. All the socio-economic and security implications of COVID-19 will severely and disproportionately impact women and girls. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that actors responding to the crises adapt their responses, strategies, and policies to ensure that they address the implications that the outbreak has for women and girls.


Côte d’Ivoire: l’UDPCI se retire du RHDP et invite Mabri à être son candidat à la présidentielle

Publié le 03.08.2020 à 01h18 par APA

L’Union pour la démocratie et pour la paix en Côte d’Ivoire (UDPCI, ex-allié au pouvoir) s’est retirée officiellement, dimanche, du Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la démocratie et la paix (RHDP, parti d’Alassane Ouattara), invitant son président Albert Toikeusse Mabri à être son candidat à la présidentielle d’octobre prochain à l’issue d’un bureau politique extraordinaire, a constaté APA sur place.« Le bureau politique, à l’unanimité invite le Dr Abdallah Albert Toikeusse Mabri, président de l’UDPCI, à faire acte de candidature à l’élection présidentielle du 31 octobre 2020 conformément à l’article 22 alinéa 2 des statuts et règlements intérieur du parti », a rapporté Pr Dion Yodé Simplice, le porte-parole de ce parti.

 « Le bureau politique décide du retrait  pur et simple  de l’UDPCI de la coalition politique RHDP à compter de ce jour. Le bureau politique invite tous les militants du parti à cesser toute participation aux activités du RHDP à compter de ce jour… Le bureau politique invite le président du parti à convoquer la convention d’investiture du candidat du parti à l’élection présidentielle du 31 octobre 2020», a ajouté Pr Dion.

Expliquant pour sa part, son retrait du RHDP, la coalition au pouvoir dont il est l’un des fondateurs, M. Mabri a expliqué qu’il « y a beaucoup de mépris, de suffisance et d’oubli» chez les militants du parti d’Alassane Ouattara. « Nous pensons que notre place n’est plus là-bas », a-t-il estimé.

« Je pense que nos chances sont très grandes (parlant de la présidentielle). Les données de 2010 ne sont pas celles de 2020 et ils vont vérifier cela très bientôt. Nous sommes candidats parce que nous pensons que les ivoiriens vont nous choisir», a soutenu le président de l’UDPCI.

Pour M. Mabri qui dit être l’un des meilleurs profils pour la présidentielle prochaine, il « peut beaucoup faire pour la Côte d’Ivoire ».

Membre-fondateur du RHDP, la coalition au pouvoir,  M. Mabri est en froid avec le président Alassane Ouattara depuis la désignation (sans élection)  en mars dernier lors d’une réunion, de feu Amadou Gon Coulibaly comme le candidat du parti au pouvoir à l’élection présidentielle d’octobre prochain.

 A cette réunion M. Mabri qui  ambitionnait lui-aussi de porter les couleurs du RHDP à la prochaine présidentielle,  a émis des réserves quant au choix de l’ancien premier ministre, appelant le président Alassane Ouattara au dialogue.

Quelques mois après ce conclave du RHDP, le président de l’UDPCI a été démis de son poste de ministre de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique et écarté des instances du RHDP dont il était le 2ème vice-président.


Bars et boîtes de nuit: les opérateurs invités à préserver la survie du secteur avec responsabilité

Publié le 02.08.2020 à 20h18 par APA

Les opérateurs des bars et boîtes de nuit ont été invités, samedi, à préserver la survie de leur secteur avec responsabilité suite à la décision du Conseil national de sécurité (CNS) du 30 juillet dernier, autorisant la réouverture de ces établissements après plus de quatre mois de fermeture liée à la pandémie de la Covid-19.Le ministre ivoirien du Tourisme et des loisirs, Siandou Fofana a conduit une visite inopinée dans les night clubs, bars et lounges, dans la nuit de samedi pour sensibiliser les acteurs de ces établissements au respect des mesures barrières prises pour la lutte contre la Covid-19.

De Yopougon, Rue princesse, avec les escales de ‘’L’internat night-club » et du ‘’Rex bar »,  à ‘’La 5è avenue », en passant par l’espace ‘’Acoustic », ‘’La Sangria », ‘’Le VIP » et le ‘’George V », dans la commune de Cocody, la délégation ministérielle a pu se rendre compte des aspects positifs et des écueils à rectifier pour une reprise efficiente, rapporte une note d’information transmise dimanche à APA.

M. Fofana, accompagné du préfet d’Abidjan, Vincent Toh Bi et des représentants municipaux, a visité des établissements de loisirs et de divertissement nocturne pour constater, in situ, le dispositif des mesures de sécurité sanitaire  qui y est déployé. 

Il s’agit notamment la distanciation physique, la mise à disposition de gels hydroalcooliques, la prise de températures des clients  et l’ergonomie desdits espaces conformément aux protocoles définis d’un accord concerté au fil des différentes rencontres menées sous la houlette de la tutelle avec le Mouvement des opérateurs économiques de la nuit et des débits de boisson  (Mopen-Db).

Ce secteur, souligne-t-on, offre plus de 10 000 emplois directs  dans quelque 2000 établissements dans le Grand Abidjan.


Why I feel so strongly about counterfeit doctoral degrees in Malawi? – Professor Danwood M Chirwa

Professor Danwood Chirwa

Written Professor Danwood M Chirwa

The debate on counterfeit doctoral degrees in Malawi is no idle chatter. It strikes at the foundations of corruption in the country. Too much attention has focused on financial crimes as the country’s coffers have been ripped to pieces, as if the problem is entirely political. Yes, Malawian politics is constituted and defined by corruption, but the roots of the problem lie much deeper than the veneer of politics.

There is a deep-seated culture of dishonesty and shortcuts in a marathon to get rich quick, to gain an unfair advantage to the top of an organization, or to gain undeserved respect from pears and hand clappers. The adulation of crooks both encourages others to join the fray and allows the crooks to sanitize their conscience.

It is astonishing just how many prominent Malawians have falsified their credentials and used them to advance themselves at the expense of more deserving people.

At the center of this fraud is a cabal of individuals who have taken advantage of the appalling state of education in the country which leaves many young people without opportunities for further education and a lax regulatory landscape. This group of people form part of an international network whose goals are to make a mockery of higher education and to profit from such mockery. They exploit the vulnerable young people, hungry for further education governments deny them.

But all this does not explain why those with some level of literacy jump into the bandwagon to patronize counterfeit institutions. Surely a policeman who is taught at secondary level and knows the rules should be able to tell the difference between an institution that serves as an engine for fraud and one which is legitimate. An accountant who heads an institution that grants charters to accounting practitioners must surely know how to audit an institution. In a country which leaks billions of taxpayers’ money through corruption and looting, are we surprised that the person regulating the accounting profession is himself dishonest and a participant in qualifications fraud?

We have had Ministers, and we have too many MPs, pastors and Bishops, politicians, civil servants, businesswomen and men who are wearing false credentials.

The new government says it is going to give priority to cleaning up fake qualifications. Let us wait and see. But what will the professional bodies, statutory corporations, higher education institutions, private corporations, civil society, religions organizations and political parties do?

The debate has, importantly, highlighted the huge gaps in the regulatory framework for the education sector. The registration and accreditation processes seem too porous and corrupt. A lot of work needs to be done to clean up the education system but also to enhance access to, and improve the delivery of, tertiary education. 

Corruption in Malawi is a national emergency and it must be declared as such for there to be meaningful progress in tackling it decisively and purposefully.

Professor Danwood Chirwa, former head of public law at the University of Cape Town

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AFORD angry response to Mwenifumbo Resignation

POSITION OF THE PARTY ON HON MWENIFUMBO RESIGNATION

The secretariat wishes to inform you of the position of the party as stated above. The party accepts his resignation and wishes him good luck in his future political endeavours.

However, the party wishes to put it clear that none of you must be seen with hon Mwenefumbo or talk about him. If you do, you will be taken as sympathizers and eventually you will be expelled from the party. Hon Mwenefumbo has never been Aford.

The party therefore direct that

1. Hon Mwenefumbo returns all party cloth and property he was using before leaving.

2. He must not use Aford name in any way, doing such would prompt legal action.

3. All those that joined the party with him have automatically ceased to be members of Aford.

4. All who would like to follow him must do so in writing before 7 days.

5. Mwenefumbo has automatically removed himself from Tonse alliance committees

6. The president will not tolerate everyone who will not bow down to the party directives.

7. Nobody must talk about Aford to the press without the president consent. That goes to publicity secretary of the party as well.

8. Do not talk about Mwenefumbo to the press or other parties. If found, you will be expelled from the party.

Lastly the party wishes to remind the entire membership of Aford that it is their obligations to pay for Aford bills and not the president. All committees must meet to see how they would settle a 10-million-kwacha debt the president incurred on behalf of the party for the fresh elections budget.

You are also reminded that RAMO must dissolve. All members of RAMO must be officially incorporated into legitimate Aford forums before seven days from this day. Those who will refuse have automatically ceased to be Aford members and tell RAMO leadership not to use Aford name.

 The party do not recognise them. All new members and leaders will meet the president in September as agreed during structures verification exercise.

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Sénégal : Mansour Kama n’est plus

Publié le 02.08.2020 à 17h18 par APA

Le président de la Confédération nationale des employeurs du Sénégal (Cnes) est décédé ce dimanche à l’hôpital Le Dantec de Dakar où il était hospitalisé.Mansour Kama, membre actif du patronat sénégalais, a aussi été le président du Conseil d’administration de la Sénégalaise des Eaux (SDE).

Entre 2014 et 2018, cet homme d’affaires a dirigé la Fondation du Secteur privé pour l’Education (FSPE).

Mansour Kama a également été à la tête du collège des Directeurs de la Banque régionale de marchés (BRM).


If Coronavirus were natural, it would not have affected the whole world declares Japanese professor of physiology

Robert-Koch-Preisverleihung 2012 Ort:Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaft am Gendarmenmarkt sowie Abendessen in der Commerzbank am Pariser Platz Datum: 09. November 2011 FŸr Frau Howarth Foto © David Ausserhofer

A Japanese professor of physiology or medicine, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo, caused a sensation today in the media by saying that the corona virus is not natural.

  if it is natural, it will not have affected the whole world like that.  Because, depending on the nature, the temperature is different in different countries.

  if it were natural, it would only have affected countries with the same temperature as China. 

instead, it spreads to a country like Switzerland, the same way it spreads to desert areas.  whereas if it were natural, it would have spread in cold places, but would have died in hot places. 

I have done 40 years of research on animals and viruses.  It is not natural.  It is manufactured and the virus is completely artificial.  I have been working for 4 years in the Wuhan laboratory in China.  I know all the staff of this laboratory well. 

I called them all after the Corona accident.  but, all of their phones have been dead for 3 months.  It is now understood that all of these laboratory technicians are dead.  

Based on all of my knowledge and research to date, I can say this with 100% confidence that Corona is not natural.  It did not come from bats.  China made it.  if what I say today turns out to be false now or even after I die, the government can withdraw my Nobel Prize.  but China is lying, and this truth will one day be revealed to all. 

Tasuku Honjo (本庶 佑, Honjo Tasuku, born January 27, 1942) is a Japanese physician-scientist and immunologist. He shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and is best known for his identification of programmed cell death protein 1. He is also known for his molecular identification of cytokines: as well as the discovery of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) that is essential for class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation.  

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Côte d’Ivoire : une association équipe le CHU de Cocody pour lutter contre la Covid-19

Publié le 02.08.2020 à 04h18 par APA

Le Comité des alumni de Management et développement d’entreprise (MDE) Business School, une école qui forme des cadres des organisations, a offert des équipements sanitaires d’une valeur de 11 600 000 FCFA au Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Cocody, l’un des plus grands hôpitaux ivoiriens, pour lutter contre la Covid-19.Selon une note d’information transmise samedi à APA,  ce don est essentiellement composé d’éléments de protection individuelle. Il s’agit de  6000 surchaussures,  plus de 660 blouses jetables   plus de 1000 sur blouses réutilisables,    3000 charlottes,    200 visières et une dotation pour location de 2 chapiteaux pendant 2 mois.

« A travers ce geste, MDE Business School et l’association des alumni veulent  soutenir et renforcer la capacité des agents de santé afin de leur permettre de répondre efficacement à la lutte contre la Covid-19», rapporte la note.

Ce don permettra entre autres,  d’entrevoir la réouverture de certains services  de cet hôpital, qui restaient fermés compte tenu du niveau de risque important lié à la situation de la Covid, notamment, les blocs chirurgicaux.

 Au cours de cette cérémonie de remise de don, Martin Frigola, le directeur général de MDE a soutenu que l’homme est au coeur des actions de son institution. « Nos formations et toutes nos actions visent toujours à apporter un plus à nos sociétés, à nos organisations et à notre pays», a dit M. Frigola.

De son côté, Dr Méité  Issoufou, le directeur général du CHU de Cocody qui est lui-même l’un des membres de ce réseau des alumni MDE,  a exprimé sa gratitude aux donateurs, assurant un bon usage des équipements reçus par son établissement.

Depuis quelques mois, le comité des alumni de MDE Business School a initié une mobilisation solidaire à l’effet de venir en aide au personnel soignant de CHU de Cocody, acteurs de premier rang dans la lutte contre la Covid-19 en Côte d’Ivoire où à la date du 1er août, le pays compte 16 109 cas confirmés avec 11 750 personnes guéries, 102 décès et 4 257 cas actifs. 


“Enough is Enough” say Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom in Malawi

Muslim billboard defaced

Muslim billboard defaced
The Muslim Billboard before defacing

The Chairman of Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom (ICJF) Shaibu Ajassie says Muslims in the country can no longer watch when their rights are violated.

Ajassie made the remarks in reaction to removal of a billboard advertising the Holy Qur’an in Blantyre last night.

According to Ajassie, it is wrong for Christians to remove a billboard which had no offensive language.

“Enough is enough. Muslims in the country cannot just sit down and watch such things happening. Malawi Muslims should rise up and speak their voices,”

“Recently, we were arguing on wearing hijaab in schools and now we are talking of a billboard. There are some Christians who do not want to see Islam, but the religion is going nowhere,” Ajassie says.

Ajassie has called upon all Muslim organisations in the country to unite to defend the religion of God.

Meanwhile, a prominent Christian “Onjezani Kenani” says it was not wrong for Islamic Information Bureau (IIB) to erect a billboard advertising Holy Qur’an in the city.

Evangelical Association of Malawi was arguing that the words on the billboard would incite violence

But writing on his Facebook page, Kenani says a billboard was harmless.

“To me this billboard was entirely harmless. I have read the Holy Quran, have memorized the surah al-fatihah, surah al-ikhlas and others. I found no harm at all reading the book,”

“In any case, this billboard was just an advert. No one was being forced to actually read the Quran. Going as far as forcing the billboard’s removal is an overreaction, and smacks of religious intolerance,” Kenani says.

He says Muslims also read and study the Bible but that never made them Christians.

“I have many Muslim friends who studied Bible Knowledge with us, back in secondary school days. This did not convert them to Christianity, just in the same way as my reading the Holy Quran and memorizing some surahs did not convert me to Islam,” he says.

Muslims in the country say it is wrong for the billboard for be removed in the city because Malawi is not a Christian country.

Source:  malawimuslims.com

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Mr Francis Mbilizi has died from COVID-19 complications

Francis

Francis
Mr Francis Mbilizi has died

Reports reaching the Maravi Post say Mr Francis Mbilizi has died from COVID-19 complications.

Many Malawians might know him as husband to Mrs Rosa Mbilizi Deputy Commissioner General of Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), who has been in the news lately.

However, Mr Francis Mbilizi was phenomenally successful himself, holding so many prominent positions.

After Graduating from Chancellor college, Mr Mbilizi joined Ministry of Information and Tourism working at Delamere house in Blantyre.

A few years after that he was appointed to be a Malawi Diplomat in the United Kingdom and went on to represent Malawi in Ottawa Canada as Well

 Upon returning to Malawi Mr Mbilizi held several positions amongst them was being Umodzi Holdings Chairman, Chairman Lilongwe Water Board and he died holding the position of executive director at National lotteries board

Sadly, the wife is still under medical attention, she is Covid-19 positive as well.

The Family has yet to announce the Funeral arrangements.

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