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Drift off to sleep with international singer, songwriter, and actress Leona Lewis and help #endAIDS with(RED) For the first 100,000 listens of Song of the Sunbird, Calm will donate enough money to provide a day’s worth of life-saving HIV medication for 100,000 people. #SleepStories #SHOPATHONcal.mn/sunbird

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APRIL 11, 2018

 

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GIRLS & WOMEN

Married at 10 Months Old, This 19-Year-Old Now Wants Her Marriage Annulled

"I do not accept child marriage. I want to study," she said.

Urma Bishnoi is just 19, but she’s been married for more than 18 years. No, that’s not a typo.

When Bishnoi was 10 months olds she was married to a boy in her village of Kaparda, India, the Hindustan Times reported. But the now 19-year-old said she will no longer tolerate this fate and is seeking an annulment of her child marriage.

“I do not accept child marriage,” Bishnoi told the Indo-Asian News Service. “I was married when I was just 10 months. I want to study.”

Since refusing to accept the marriage, Bishnoi’s in-laws have threatened to cut off her nose and ears, according to the Hindustan Times. If her marriage is annulled, Bishnoi’s family may be socially ostracized for bucking the long-accepted cultural norm of child marriage within their community.

Take Action: Stand with Sonita: Tell World Leaders to End Child Marriage

 

Bishnoi’s case for annulment is being supported by the Saarthi Trust, an India-based nonprofit that works to fight child marriage and establish children's’ and women’s rights. The organization has managed to annul at least 30 child marriages so far, and hopes to add Bishnoi’s marriage to the growing list.

In 2017, UNICEF reported that nearly half of all child brides were in South Asia and with 23 million girls married before their 18th birthdays, India is home to more child brides than any other country in the world. Nationwide, approximately 27% of children under the age of 18 are married, but in the state of Rajasthan, where Bishnoi lives, the rate is significantly higher at 35%.

Poverty tends to be a major motivating factor behind child marriage and because girls are often seen as a financial burden on their family, the practice disproportionately affects them. Cultural attitudes that treat girls and women as property rather than people have also contributed to the persistence of the practice. 

Read more: This Child Bride Used Facebook Posts to Get Her Marriage Annulled

When girls are forced to enter into marriages at a young age, they may be taken out of school and lose out on education opportunities, but Bishnoi hopes that this won’t be the case for her.

"I look forward to the start of a fresh life where I can study and make a future of my own," she said.

Global Citizen campaigns for gender equality. Stand up for the rights of girls and women, and against child marriage, by taking action here.

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CULTURE

Now accepting entries: The 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

October 22 2018 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER

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For the third year, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family is now accepting entries for the 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. This prestigious award will honor an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting. The award, created in 2017, honors the life and career of ONE’s former CEO, Michael Elliott.

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Michael had a distinguished career in the media before working at ONE. He served as a top editor of The Economist, Newsweek, and Time. As a longtime ICFJ board member, Mike championed storytelling as a tool for empowerment. He was passionate about using storytelling to unravel complex issues and shine a light on global development issues—and the people at their center.

A distinguished international jury will select the 2019 Michael Elliott Award winner. This award will provide the winner with a US$5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge. The winner will also complete a two-week internship at the headquarters of The Economist in London.

Kenyan journalist Mercy Juma, the 2017 winner of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.

Kenyan journalist Mercy Juma, the 2017 winner of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.

Mercy Juma, a broadcast journalist at BBC Africa, received the award in 2017. Her past reporting brings to life the stories of Kenyans who’ve faced difficult human challenges and aimed to overcome them. Many of her stories shed light on sensitive topics, such as unwed teen mothers living in Muslim communities.

Last year’s winner, Abubakar Ibrahim, is a reporter and editor for the Daily Trust in Abuja, Nigeria. His work follows the Boko Haram’s insurgency throughout Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon. He tells the story of two women who returned home after being displaced by Boko Haram, placing human stories at the forefront of this crisis.

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Our 2018 Elliott Award winner Abubakar Ibrahim chronicles the human toll of terrorism and displacement since Boko Haram began its insurgency in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger. We are accepting entries for next year’s award. Apply now. https://buff.ly/2NGlTkR 

 
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Are you an Africa-based journalist with a passion for storytelling? The award is now open for entries. The application deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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HIV/AIDS

We need your help in the fight against AIDS

November 20 2018 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER

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For the past 15 years, ONE members have proved their dedication to combating HIV/AIDS time and again. In that time, deaths and new infections have been cut in half, and the cost of lifesaving HIV medication has been reduced drastically – from $10,000 a year to just $75 – making it possible to help millions more people. That’s a lot of progress!

Much of this progress has happened thanks to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund has helped save tens of millions of lives and is one of the most effective health organizations in the world. To this day, they continue to drive life-saving resources into the health sectors of low-income countries.

So, what’s the problem? All of this progress has led to complacency. It’s easy to forget that AIDS is still a crisis.

Over 2,500 people die from HIV/AIDS every single day, and for the 1,000 young women in sub-Saharan Africa who will be infected with HIV today, this is an especially urgent situation, even if it’s no longer in the news or political spotlight.

During his campaign, President Trump said he would support US leadership in the fight against AIDS. He said America would “lead the way” in this crucial fight.

But the White House hasn’t lived up to the President’s words. In fact, the White House has proposed budget cuts to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund twice. Cutting these programs essentially surrenders the fight against AIDS and undoes much of the incredible progress we’ve made. Instead of cutting our investment in the Global Fund, it is essential that we make sure the program gets the funding it needs.

There’s three stages in securing this funding:

First, we need to get the White House to fulfil President Trump’s campaign commitment. That means getting the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo — whose budget controls funding for the global AIDS fight — to propose a budget for 2020 that includes full funding for the Global Fund.

Second, we need to make sure Congress does its part and appropriates enough money for the Global Fund so the White House can make a full pledge.

And third, we need to make sure President Trump sends someone to the Global Fund replenishment conference in France in October 2019 and makes a full, multi-year pledge. The President should continue the tradition of investing one dollar for every two dollars pledged by other donors.

AIDS is supposed to be a disease of the past, but it isn’t. We’re at a critical moment. The Global Fund replenishment in October 2019 may seem like a long time away, but we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. It’s an opportunity that we cannot lose, and you can help make sure we don’t. To win the fight against AIDS, we need you. Yes, YOU!

We’ve seen it time and again: ONE members make incredible things happen. You in? Sign up to become a ONE member to join us in the fight against AIDS!

If you’re feeling eager to make a difference now, learning the facts and figures is a great place to start. You can do that by taking this short quiz on why AIDS is still a crisis.

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EDUCATION

How this unique warning system combats school dropout rates

December 5 2017 | By: GUEST BLOGGER

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How this unique warning system combats school dropout rates

 
  

By Imani LaTortue, ONE Digital Intern

Many people are aware that higher education grants people the chance to further pursue their future career goals. But unfortunately, everyone in the world can’t take advantage of these opportunities. Room to Read aims to change that with their early warning system to reduce the number of students — particularly girls — who have to drop out of school.

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A student in Room to Read’s girls’ education program in Tanzania. (Photo credit: Daniel Hayduk)

In 2014, the Room to Read team tracked dropout risk factors among 3,015 girls in Nepal. The key goal of their monitoring system was to identify the factors that contribute to students dropping out of school.  The risk factors include missing school, failing an exam, missing life skills sessions, and parents failing to attend a Room to Read parent meeting. It has been noted that girls who exhibit these factors over the course of a year were more than five times as likely to drop out of school as girls who did not. With this information, program staff and Room to Read’s social mobilizers — local women who act as mentors to young female students — are now able to immediately intervene with specialized support.

Rose Jeremiah, 15, is part of Room to Read's Girls' Education Program at Kingani Secondary School in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. (Photo credit: Daniel Hayduk)

A student in Room to Read’s girls’ education program in Tanzania. (Photo credit: Daniel Hayduk)

Since its success in Nepal, the organization decided to launch the system in Tanzania and Zambia in 2015. In the past, these countries have experienced some of the highest dropout rates of any of the countries where Room to Read implements its program. In 2016 after the risk and response system was introduced, the dropout rate among program participants in both countries fell by more than two-thirds compared to the previous year.

Tanzania was also noted for having a successful first year with the program. Just ask Warda, a 16-year-old student at Lugoba Secondary School.

Warda was in 11th grade when she started missing school days. “I am one of six children in my family, and only two of us have attended secondary school,” she says. “The other was my brother, and he dropped out before graduation. My parents are small-scale farmers, and they cannot always provide for our basic needs. Sometimes we manage to have one meal a day, and sometimes none.”

A girl on her way to class at Kingani Secondary School in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. (Photo credit: Daniel Hayduk)

A girl on her way to class in Tanzania. (Photo credit: Daniel Hayduk)

Going to school takes time that girls like Warda could otherwise use to help their families. So remaining enrolled seemed like a luxury she couldn’t afford. But Rachel, a Room to Read social mobilizer, noticed Warda’s absences and responded according to her training. Rachel met with Warda and they discussed the long-term benefits that education could hold for her and her family. After attending Room to Read’s life skills education sessions, Warda’s attitude shifted and she re-enrolled.

“Room to Read has made me realize the importance of school and who I am today,” she says. “Thank you for everything that you are doing to support me and take me to a right path.”

Social mobilizer Happyness Simba speaks with student Rose Peter, 15, at Kingani Secondary School in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. (Photo credit: Daniel Hayduk)

A teacher sits with a student in Room to Read’s girls’ education program in Tanzania. (Photo credit: Daniel Hayduk)

Earlier this month, Room to Read celebrated reaching 50,000 girls through life skills and mentorship in secondary school. You can read more about this milestone here.

ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organizations highlighted.
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28/11/2018

Cork City Ensemble ‘Rebel Brass’ to perform live on this year’s Late Late Toy Show

Cork City Ensemble ‘Rebel Brass’ to perform live on this year’s Late Late Toy Show

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Tomorrow evening – Friday 30 November – 13 young musicians from Cork City together with their mentors will raise the roof on RTÉ studios in Dublin when they perform on the 2018 Late Late Toy Show! Ranging in age from 12 to 17, the group, collectively known as ‘Rebel Brass’, was selected from among thousands of applications through a hugely competitive audition process earlier this year and will now join a top-class line-up of young artists, performers and entertainers to be broadcast across the globe on Friday night!

A New Orleans-style brass ensemble emerging from Cork’s Barrack Street Band in partnership with Music Generation Cork City, ‘Rebel Brass’ is led by a team of dedicated professional musician-tutors: Shauna McCullough, Clodagh Kearney and Stephen Manning. Shauna described the whirlwind experience of getting from application stage to audition:

‘…on a whim one Tuesday evening at a rehearsal session we got talking and decided to throw our hat in the ring. Two of players, Amy O'Callaghan and Caoimhe Barry, put the application together and sent it off – next thing we knew it we were called for the auditions in Limerick. We knew that going for the audition was going to be tough because it’s the Toy Show – everyone wants to be on the Toy Show – and there were lots of other brilliant and talented acts auditioning.  But Ryan was exactly like you see on TV – bubbly, chatty and all about the music – he was so impressed with the band…’

Rebel Brass keep Tubs entertained during regional auditions for The Late Late Toy Show in Limerick. Video courtesy of Finbarr Barry.

‘Rebel Brass’ was formed just over one year ago as a result of a number of collaborations and unique performance opportunities created for young musicians through the partnership between Music Generation Cork City and Barrack Street Band. Among these is the highly successful ongoing collaboration between Music Generation Cork City and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which in recent years has provided a platform for many of the ensemble members to develop their skills, cultivate new ideas and creativity. At the most recent edition of the Festival, ‘Rebel Brass’ performed for hundreds of Cork City natives and visitors on stage at Emmett Place alongside the New York Brass Band, at the Crawford Art Gallery, and even on board an open-top bus.

Watch  the group's performance with the New York Brass Band, courtesy of Music Generation Cork City: 

During the summer, having built a reputation for their energetic, vibrant performances, the young musicians were invited to welcome His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland with a fanfare outside the English Market on Grande Parade. In March, they performed for guests including President Michael D. Higgins in Cork City Library as part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2018. And the previous week they represented Music Generation as young musicians-in-residence at the inaugural ‘National Musicians Day’ in St Patrick’s Campus, DCU.

Describing this super group of young people, Shauna explained how: ‘they are like a big family, the dynamic and friendship of the group is indescribable really – they look out for, encourage and support each other to be the best they can be and rise to new challenges – we've had plenty of those! There is something magic about playing music together – there's a social and creative connection between players that's not easy to describe and it gets stronger every time they play together. I can say that ‘Rebel Brass’ and all the people that have supported the band has helped shape the young players and will continue to do that – they are confident, motivated, creative, forthcoming with new ideas and certainly not afraid to be out on the spot for a random solo in front of a crowd!’

Rebel Brass provide a royal fanfare on the Grande Parade last June.

Following their Late Late Toy Show appearance ‘Rebel Brass’ will perform in two Dublin City locations on Saturday 1 December: The Jervis Street Shopping Centre (12 noon) and St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre (2.30pm). Then they’ll be hitting the streets of Cork throughout December for performances on Grand Parade at the Glow Festival Stage and at other pop-up locations throughout around the City. Their message to their home town? –

‘We love what we are doing and we will keep doing it as long as people enjoy listening to us, so if anyone sees us playing just give us a thumbs up and say hello! We are really proud of Cork City and we want the city and its people to be proud of us.

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We have hidden two tickets to the Arsenal vs Cardiff City match at the Emirates. 

Watch our video for your first clue of where to find them. 😜 More clues will follow on our Twitter channel (@Mencap_Charity) in ten minutes.

Get searching! Remember the first person to find them will win this special gift.

 

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HIV/AIDS

14 facts about the AIDS epidemic you need to know

28 November 2018 3:39PM UTC | By: ONE

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Sign the pledge: We’ll do whatever it takes to end AIDS

 
  

Thirty years ago, HIV/AIDS swept the globe largely unchecked, and a diagnosis was seen as a death sentence. Two decades later, we’ve made amazing progress – AIDS-related deaths are down by half – but the good news makes the bad news worse.

This good news may be hiding a big problem. The incredible progress the world has made against AIDS has created a sense of complacency that is threatening our ability to end AIDS within our lifetime.

You might not know it from watching the news or listening to lawmakers, but AIDS is still a crisis. Nearly 37 million people are living with HIV today, and more than 15 million of them still can’t get life-saving treatment. This is something we can change, but it will take leadership.

These stats show the true scale of the AIDS epidemic, and why world leaders must take action to make this a disease of the past.

Globally

  • Around 37 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. That’s nearly the entire population of Canada.
  • Around 35 million people have died from HIV/AIDS since the start of the epidemic. That’s the same as the entire population of Morocco.
  • Nearly 1 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2017. That’s more than 2,500 people dying from AIDS-related causes every day.
  • AIDS is the number one disease killer of young women globally.
  • Nearly 1,000 young women are infected with HIV every day. That’s 40 women every hour.
  • Only about half of children living with HIV/AIDS are receiving treatment. Last year, 180,000 children were infected with HIV during birth or breastfeeding — the first time that new pediatric infections have not fallen since they peaked in 2002.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for nearly 65% of new infections globally. 1.2 million people were infected with HIV in the region in 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for over 70% of deaths globally. Over 650,000 people died in the region in 2017.
  • 282,000 young women (age 15-24) were infected with HIV in 2017 – that’s over 750 a day.
  • Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are twice as likely to be infected with HIV than young men.

The good news

  • Globally, more than 21 million people were receiving lifesaving treatment at the end of 2017, up from 11 million in 2012. That’s a 91% increase.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 14.6 million people were receiving lifesaving treatment at the end of 2017, up from 7.7 million in 2012. That’s a 90% increase.
  • Globally, 1.8 million people became infected with HIV in 2017 – down from 2 million in 2013. That’s a 10% decrease.
  • In the last 15 years, the cost of antiretroviral treatment for one person has dropped from US$10,000 a year to US$75 a year — an all-time low.

France will host a Global Fund Replenishment Conference in October 2019 – meetings that aim to raise new funds and mobilize partners. It will provide a great opportunity for governments, businesses, and health organizations to recommit to the fight to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It must be a turning point, anything less will be an indictment of our global leadership.

We know what to do, we know how to do it, and we know if we don’t move faster than the virus, then it will win. AIDS isn’t done. And neither are we.

To win the fight against AIDS, we need you. This World AIDS Day, ONE members are turning our outrage into action and putting our leaders on notice – add your voice today!

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