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The Kodály Society of Ireland's week long Annual International Summer Course begins today and will culminate with a closing concert this Friday 5 July. Presenting the work of the participants over the week and including the Choir of the summer course directed by Lilla Gábor, and Chamber Music groups directed by Dr Ciarán Crilly, it's set to be a brilliant, varied concert. 
The Auditorium, DCU St. Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra | 7pm | free admission

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GIRLS AND WOMEN

Scoring goals for gender equality in France

28 June 2019 4:43PM UTC | By: GAYLE SMITH

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An open letter to leaders

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Something big is happening with the Women’s World Cup. People are starting to take notice. Thanks to the success the US team has had, women’s soccer is getting more and more popular in the United States — and the team is favourite to win in France again this year — but other parts of the world are starting to pay attention too.

I’m back from London, where people are seriously excited about England’s chances. They even showed the quarterfinal match with Norway on the big screens at Glastonbury so music and sports fans could embrace “The Lionesses” together. Although such scenes aren’t unusual when the men’s team is involved in major games, this isn’t normally the case for their female counterparts. For a country that is truly mad about the sport, it’s surprising how long it’s taken people in England to truly embrace the women’s game.

That’s what’s great about the World Cup — people coming together, tearing down stereotypes, and celebrating women’s achievements. And as we get better at acknowledging female talent around the world, it makes it just a bit harder for people to defend sexism, maintain the status quo, or stand in the way of our relentless march towards gender equality.

But that doesn’t mean things are perfect in the world of women’s soccer. The US team — the biggest and most successful in the world — is taking legal action against their own employers to push for equal pay. And in Africa, many women continue to fight social stigma and economic pressures for the right to play the game at all. And guess what? No African team has made it to the quarterfinals. You think there might be a connection there?

Sadly, this reflects the world beyond soccer. We are a long, long way from achieving real gender equality — 108 years, or another 27 World Cups, to be exact. The problem is worse in the poorest parts of the world, where women carry the biggest burden of poverty and disease. This is a global shame, and the world needs to up its game, fast.

The good news is that world leaders have the opportunity to do something about this. When Heads of State meet at the G7 Summit in France this August, these leaders — whose countries represent over half the world’s net wealth — have the opportunity to take true steps to end gender inequality for good.

Addressing this challenge is a huge task, but if leaders seize this moment the rewards will be immense. Just imagine how we could all benefit from unlocking the full potential of over half the world’s population. That’s why we’re pushing for real progress, not empty promises, at this critical Summit.

In just a few days, we will be able to celebrate a winning World Cup team, but we still can’t celebrate a single country that has achieved gender equity. That’s why we are fighting to ensure that the biggest goal for women in 2019 isn’t scored in Lyon on 7th July – but in Biarritz this August. You can help make that happen by telling world leaders what our goals are, and make sure they act so that we all win.

Sign the open letter to stand with women and girls everywhere!

An open letter to leaders

Dear World Leaders,

We’re putting you on notice.

For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 33,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.

There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty.

Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.

You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress.

We won’t stop until there is justice for women and girls everywhere.

Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

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Meet our volunteers: Chidinma and Rita

27 June 2019 11:54AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES

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Welcome to the second Meet Our Volunteers blog! In this series we’re introducing you to our ONE Volunteers around the world to shed light on the incredible work that our Youth Ambassadors, Champions and Campus members do.

This month, we were thrilled to sit down with Chidinma — a ONE Champion in Nigeria, and Rita — a ONE Youth Ambassador in the Netherlands.

Read on to learn more about these inspiring individuals and find out how you can get involved too.

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Rita, ONE Youth Ambassador in the Netherlands (left) and Chidinma, ONE Champion in Nigeria (centre).

How did you get involved with ONE?

Chidinma: The first time I heard about ONE was during the partnership with Big Brother Naija in 2017 to promote the #GirlsCount campaign. The winning contestant was promised the opportunity to speak at the United Nations General Assembly that year and it was fulfilled. At that point, I believed ONE was an organisation to be trusted. I am grateful to have had the opportunity of being a ONE Champion since 2018 and be a part of the global community of accountable members who are dedicated to fighting against extreme poverty. This has always been my passion.

Rita: The reason I decided to become a part of the ONE community is because of the injustice I see on a daily basis across the world. I think it’s very unfair that some people experience injustices. The opportunity to raise my voice against these injustices is a great way to help.

What’s been your proudest moment as a volunteer with ONE so far?

Chidinma: I would sincerely love to put on the record that ONE has given me so many life-changing, significant memories during my journey as a Champion. So far, my proudest moment as a volunteer would be when I was selected to represent ONE at the second Pan African Youth Forum at the African Union Commission HQ, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this April. This opportunity is dear to my heart because I had the honour of meeting dynamic youths from different regions who are solely interested in making the world a better place for all.

Rita: By far my proudest moment as a Youth Ambassador for ONE is when I went to European Parliament in Brussels for meetings last year. I saw volunteers gather from all over the world. Being part of one group together, discussing the key issues around fighting for equal rights. Being surrounded by amazing and inspiring people gave me the best feeling in the world. I am profoundly grateful for that experience.

What’s the one thing you would advise other youth campaigners to do?

Chidinma: Youths are the future of any society but the future we desire may not be achieved if we do not chart the right course today. It is essential for youths to get involved in activism because if we accept the wrong things at present, the wrong seeds sown may be ours to reap when the older population gives way. Together with our vigour and numbers, we can use our voices to advocate for a world where justice and equality are the priority. If we are resilient, the world has no choice but to hear us. We are not just the future, we are the present!

Rita: I would advise other youth campaigners to dare to not be shy — think outside the box. If you think you have an amazing idea discuss it with people, with other volunteers, with friends and so on. Nothing is too crazy!

Want to get involved too? Sign up to become a ONE Member now!

ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.

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Did you know that CCI is also a registered charity in the USA? 🇺🇲

We would like to wish our kind and generous US-based supporters, a Happy 4th of July! 

Today's #ThrowbackThursday is dedicated to Vassa who got into the spirit of celebration last year and certainly looked the part! 🇺🇲

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NOV. 14, 2018

 

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WATER & SANITATION

'Water From Air' Quenches Girls' Thirst in Arid Kenya

Solar-powered panels that condense water vapour in the air could be a sustainable source of water.

By Benson Rioba

LOOSUK, Kenya, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — In this arid part of northern Kenya, water can be hard to find, particularly in the dry season.

But a center run by the Samburu Girls Foundation — which rescues girls facing early marriage and female genital mutilation — has a new high-tech source of it.

Since June, the center, which has rescued more than 1,200 girls, has used panels that catch water vapor in the air and condense it to supply their drinking water.

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"We used to have difficulties in accessing water and during a drought we could either go to the river to fetch water or ask our neighbors to give us water," said Jecinta Lerle, a pupil and vice president of students at the center's school.

But now, officials at the school say, the girls no longer have to travel for water — including into communities they have left, which could put them at risk.

"The girls can now have more time to study since there is enough fresh water to go round and there is no need to walk long distances to search for water," said Lotan Salapei, the foundation's head of partnerships.

Girls formerly trekked up to five kilometres a day in search of clean water during particularly dry periods, sometimes bringing them into contact with members of their former community, Salapei said.

 

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The center, given 40 of the water vapor-condensing panels by the company that builds them, now creates about 400 litres of clean water each day, enough to provide all the drinking water the center needs.

The "hydropanels", produced by US-based technology company Zero Mass Water, pull water vapour from the air and condense it into a reservoir.

Cody Friesen, Zero Mass Water's founder and chief executive officer, said the company's project with the Samburu Girls Foundation was an example of its efforts to make sure the technology "is accessible to people across the socioeconomic spectrum".

The panels provided to the Samburu Girls Foundation cost about $1,500 each, foundation officials said.

Zero Mass Water has so far sold or donated the panels in 16 countries, including South Africa.

SAVING TREES

George Sirro a solar engineer with Solatrend Ltd., a Nairobi based solar equipment company, said such devices can be a huge help not only to people but in slowing deforestation that is driving climate change and worsening drought in Kenya.

Often people with inadequate water cut trees to boil the water they do find to make it safe, he said, driving deforestation.

Read More: Researchers Just Found a Way to Turn Poop Into Clean Water in Seconds

Philip Lerno a senior chief in Loosuk, where the girls' foundation is located, said he hopes to see the panels more widely used in the surrounding community, which usually experiences long dry periods each year.

He said community members, having seen the devices in use at the school, hope to acquire some of their own if they can find the funding.

(Reporting by Benson Rioba ; editing by Laurie Goering : (Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, resilience, women's rights, trafficking and property rights. Visit http://news.trust.org/climate)

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CITIZENSHIP

7 Ways Nelson Mandela's Legacy Still Resonates Today

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

2018 is the Year of Mandela — the year the independence leader of South Africa would have turned 100 years old. But although Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95, his entire life still stands as a testament to the power of the human spirit. 

Confronted by the challenges of apartheid, physical imprisonment, and doubt, Mandela nonetheless wielded his inimitable spirit to improve the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen and women, as an activist, scholar, leader, and, ultimately, one of the world’s greatest-ever humanitarians. 

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This year, Global Citizen is joining other organizations, leaders, and citizens of the world to honor Mandela’s legacy. We're going to South Africa for Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100, in proud partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, to call on world leaders to commit to ending the various causes and consequences of extreme poverty.

Not only did Mandela liberate an entire country from the grips of the racist apartheid system, but he also continued the fight for the world’s most vulnerable people until the very end of his life.

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Here are seven ways Nelson Mandela fought for the same values that Global Citizens hold dearly, including women’s empowerment, access to quality education, and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

1. He ushered hundreds of women into the political sphere 

 

Though South Africa has work to do to eliminate violence against womenand to ensure that women earn the same amount of money as men, Mandela helped set the country on a path toward equality from the very beginning of his career as president. 

During his first State of the Nation Address in 1994, Mandela expressed his commitment to the "emancipation” of women and called for equality across systems in South Africa.

Read More: 17 Inspiring Quotes From Nelson Mandela

“It is vitally important that all structures of government, including the President himself, should understand this fully: that freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression,” Mandela said

“The objectives of the Reconstruction and Development Program will not have been realized unless we see in visible and practical terms that the condition of the women of our country has radically changed for the better,” he continued. “And that they have been empowered to intervene in all aspects of life as equals with any other member of society.”

The growing number of women serving in South Africa’s parliament continues to demonstrate the progress toward Mandela’s mission of gender equality.

When Mandela was elected president, women held just 2.7% of seats in South Africa’s parliament. But by 2013, less than two decades later, women made up 44% of the legislature.

2. He joined the fight against HIV/AIDS 

 

Mandela’s record in the fight to end HIV/AIDS was not perfect, as many experts have pointed out, but in the years after his presidency Mandela became an ardent campaigner for HIV/AIDS awareness. 

As president, Mandela and certain members of his administration were reticent to acknowledge the scope of the AIDS crisis, which came to affect nearly one in four 15- to 49-year-olds by 2000 — and Mandela’s hand-picked successor, Thabo Mbeki, was known to be an AIDS denialist

But in 2000, as the scope of the crisis became overwhelmingly evident, Mandela added his voice to the chorus of activists calling for recognition of the disease and action to prevent it. 

“Our country is facing a disaster of immeasurable proportions from HIV/AIDS,” Mandela said on World AIDS Day that year. "We are facing a silent and invisible enemy that is threatening the very fabric of our society.” 

In 2003, Mandela’s foundation launched the 46664 initiative — a concert series that brought AIDS to the forefront of the global conversation that was broadcast to 2 million viewers. The concert raised money for AIDS research and advocacy. Two years later, Mandela announced that his son had died of AIDS, which was said to have normalized the illness in the eyes of many. 

According to Michel Sidibe, head of the UN's Aids agency UNAIDS, Mandela’s campaigning “[laid] the foundations of the modern AIDS response and his influence helped save millions of lives and transformed health in Africa.” 

3. He brought education to rural students 

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," Mandela famously said.

And for Mandela, bringing about real educational change started in the countryside. 

In 2007, Mandela founded the Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Development and Education to train and send high-quality teachers to rural areas and equip schools with modern facilities. 

While the majority of South African students — black and white — now attend primary school, vast income inequality, as well as untrained teachers and improper facilities, has prevented rural students from making up the racial achievement gap that emerged during apartheid.  

Read More: Nelson Mandela’s Former Protege Is South Africa’s New President — And Is Calling for ‘Year of Action

“Many [students in] far off rural areas in our country do not become confident readers and writers,” Mandela said at the time. “Indeed, they are denied the creativity that in turn denies the world the boldness of their ideas.”

The Institute for Rural Development and Education, located in the rural Eastern Cape region of the country, has as its mission the promotion of a more sustainable future for younger generations and for the planet. 

4. He fought for children 

 

“The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children,” Mandela said in 1997.

And throughout his life, Mandela lived by those words as a steadfast champion for the rights of children. Today, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund carries on his legacy by pledging “to give voice and dignity to the African child by building a rights-based movement.”

During his tenure as president Mandela donated a third of his salary to create the organization, which he charged with ending extreme poverty and its symptoms, such as hunger, exploitation, and homelessness.

In 2009, Mandela received the World Children’s Prize Decade Child Rights Hero award in recognition of his commitment to the children of South Africa and the world. When he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, Mandela donated part of his prize money to support street children and other kids in need. 

 

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5. He promoted scientific and environmental education

 

Mandela so valued the power of science and research that he lent his name to three institutes of technology in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Burkina Faso.

Another institute in South Africa also bears his name. It’s a remarkable development in a country where black people were not even allowed to attend classes a generation ago.

During Apartheid, black South Africans were prevented from studying science and technology and barred from careers in the STEM field. But that changed when Mandela was elected president.

“South Africa's need for rapid expansion of its scientific and technological skills is immense,” he said at the opening of the Academy of Science of South Africa in 1996. “On your shoulders rest the challenge of giving science a face that inspires our youth to seek out science, engineering and technology.”

Read More: After South African President Resigns, Country Looks to Future With Hope

But Mandela’s commitment to technological achievement did not come at the expense of the natural world. He was a staunch environmentalist and opposed the degradation of South Africa’s natural resources by former colonial powers and their allies inside Africa. 

Mandela also worked to ensure that all South Africans could have access to clean water — a mission that continues today.

“In [the] impoverishment of the natural environment, it is the absence of access to clean water that strikes most starkly,” he once said. “That our government has made significant progress in bringing potable water nearer to so many more people than was previously the case, I rate amongst the most important achievements of democracy in our country.”

6. He expanded voting rights to all South Africans

 

In Nelson Mandela’s first-ever televised interview as an anti-Apartheid activist, in 1961, the leader made one demand crystal clear. Asked by reporter Brian Widlake what black Africans wanted to achieve through their actions, Mandela’s response was unambiguous: 

"The Africans require, want the franchise, the basis of One Man One Vote — they want political independence," he said

In that interview, he went on to express that the fight to achieve voting rights for black South Africans should be independent of education levels or race. 

Mandela wouldn’t achieve the dream of a multiracial voting system until the collapse of Apartheid and his election as president in 1994. 

Nearly 9 in 10 South Africans voted in that election, but voter turnout has since declined, with 2014 registering under 60% participation.

7. He fought for peace and justice around the world

 

Mandela was the leading figure in the fight against South Africa’s racist apartheid system, but his activism didn’t stop at his home country’s borders. After retiring as president, Mandela worked to educate people about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. He also helped broker peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi.

Decades before the end of Apartheid, Mandela also served as an inspiration for civil rights movements around the world, including in the US.

“We who were involved in the civil rights movement back then were acutely aware of the parallels of the [African National Congress] struggle with our own struggles,” said civil rights leader Jesse Jackson in 2013. “So you see, we knew what was going on in South Africa, those bridges and links were always there, those parallels just as I saw in Nelson Mandela with our own Dr. King.”

When the World Cup came to South Africa in 2010, Mandela attended the closing ceremony as the guest of honor, and his appearance, despite his poor health, made one of world’s greatest events even more special. 

That’s because the hero who emerged from a tiny prison cell to help topple Apartheid, deliver rights to millions of oppressed South Africans, and heal a wounded nation had long before earned his status as an international icon of peace and justice.


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🙌🏾🙌🏼🙌🏿for our volunteers who aren't afraid to shout from the rooftops and raise awareness about the issues they're fighting to change.

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MILWAUKEE! Want to help us #ENDAIDS? Join us at the 2019 African Cultural Festival in Milwaukee! We'll be tabling in support of the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria this Saturday. Want to #stepupthefight? Sign up below--->

https://act.one.org/event/generalevent_attend/12189

 

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Stop sexual violence in Senegal

Following the rape and murder of two women in Senegal, we’re turning our outrage into action.

Artist and campaigner Black Queen is launching a public campaign with ONE, calling on the Senegalese government to criminalise rape and protect victims of gender-based violence.

Only a massive wave of public support will push the government to act quickly and boldly. Sign and share the petition now!

Dear Malick Sall, Minister of Justice of Senegal; Dear Ndèye Sali Diop Dieng, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Family Affairs and Gender of Senegal,

We call on you to make every effort to enact and implement as soon as possible a law criminalizing rape in Senegal. In the face of renewed violence against women, it is time to act decisively to protect women and girls.

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On Friday, #ONEYouth19 were in Paris to demand#ProgressNotPromises from G7 ministers because 130+ MILLION girls are still out of school worldwide. We think it's high time our leaders deliver concrete action on girls' education. ⁠

If you agree, join us and demand action on gender equality: bit.ly/2LH3FCf
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We need the Global Fund for 3 clear reasons:
They're fighting AIDS.
They're fighting TB.
They're fighting malaria.

Let's make sure our leaders know this too. Take action: bit.ly/2WOHFIz

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HIV VS. AIDS VS. HIV/AIDS — WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

HIV, AIDS, HIV/AIDS — the terms are often used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. If you're not totally clear on how they differ, don't worry: you’re not alone. That's why we put together a quick and easy cheat sheet. You may not know the difference between cement and concrete, but when it comes to HIV and AIDS, definitions are important. Here are the key facts you need to know:

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FIRST THINGS FIRST

WHAT IS HIV?

Discovered in 1983 by researchers in both France and the United States, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a retrovirus — that is, a virus that moves into healthy cells and re-engineers the host cell’s DNA. HIV is like a really bad houseguest — one that not only shows up unannounced, but moves all your furniture around while they’re at it. The compromised cells are spread from person to person through contact with certain bodily fluids. HIV is usually transmitted through intercourse or needle use, but can also move from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth. Contrary to popular belief, it can’t be transmitted through sweat, saliva or urine.

WHAT IS AIDS?

Coined in 1982, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) describes the most serious stage of HIV infection. It’s called “acquired” to differentiate it from genetic or hereditary immune deficiencies. The word “syndrome” is used to describe not a single illness, but a cluster of symptoms.

People who have developed AIDS have an extremely low CD4 cell (often called T cell) count in their blood, which in turn makes their immune system extremely weak. This makes them vulnerable to infections like tuberculosis, pneumonia and salmonella. If a person reaches the AIDS stage of the infection, their life expectancy drops dramatically to about three years. Thankfully, modern medicine has helped to reduce the number of HIV-positive cases that develop into AIDS — but we still have a long way to go.

 

WHAT IS HIV/AIDS?

HIV and AIDS are often combined into one term is used to describe the virus and the resulting symptoms. It helps to remember that HIV always comes first. You can be HIV positive without having AIDS; you can’t have AIDS without contracting HIV. There’s no chicken-or-egging here. AIDS is caused by HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, which destroys the body's ability to fight off infection and disease. 

 
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NOW, THE DETAILS

WHAT DOES HIV ACTUALLY DO?

The HIV virus attacks the body’s healthy T cells, which help to fight off infections. It takes over the nucleus of each cell, essentially turning it into a factory to make more HIV cells, which move out into the bloodstream and continue to replicate. By killing off T cells, HIV causes the body to lose its natural disease-fighting mechanisms; it becomes defenseless.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HIV?

An early HIV infection is often marked by flu-like symptoms, including a headache, fever or rash. These symptoms are the body’s natural immune response to the virus. The T cell count drops very quickly, before leveling out a bit — though not to previous levels. This is the best time to start treatment.

 

HOW IS HIV DETECTED?

Today, HIV can be detected with a number of simple saliva or blood tests. A saliva test looks for antibodies, the natural defense the body puts up to fight the infection. But results typically show up 3 to 12 weeks after exposure — a long time to wait for such sensitive news. For a faster turnaround, there’s the nucleic acid test (NAT), which looks directly at the blood. This test is effective 7 to 28 days after exposure.

HOW IS HIV TREATED?

There are many ways to treat the different stages of HIV, but they usually involve a combination of two or three antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). One focus of (RED)’s work to date has been to make ARVs available to mothers in developing countries. To avoid passing HIV from mother to child, the World Health Organization recommends a regimen of three drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding for the mother and a six-week course of a drug called nevirapine for their newborn babies.

These drugs can have side effects, including nausea, headaches, anemia and depression, but if treated, the life expectancy of an HIV positive person is comparable to someone who’s HIV-free. If it isn’t treated, the virus will lower a person’s immunity, causing them to develop AIDS.

DOES HIV ALWAYS PROGRESS TO AIDS?

HIV doesn't always become AIDS, but when a person’s immune system drops below a certain level of T cells, they are considered to have progressed to AIDS. An AIDS patient’s cell count drops to 200 cells/mm3 from a normal count of 500–1500 cells/mm3. In layman’s terms, they’ve acquired (A) an immune (I) deficiency (D) syndrome (S).

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When AIDS first caught the world’s attention back in 1981, we didn't have the same detection methods we do now. This meant it was only diagnosed by infections that occur late in the game, like Kaposi's Sarcoma, a rare cancer. Back then, treatment focused on these infections, but by the time patients were showing symptoms, it was usually too late. Late detection meant that patients had so few T cells, they were often near death.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT THE TRANSMISSION OF HIV?

 

Thankfully, we've come a long way. Today, there is a big push to educate people around transmission and safe sex — particularly about condom use. (RED) is helping to prevent the spread of HIV in African countries by supporting reproductive health education and youth engagement initiatives, especially among young women. Those at high risk of contracting HIV can also consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taking a daily HIV medication to help fend off the virus.

The conversation around HIV is always changing. While we're far from the crisis of the past, we still have a long way to go to fully end the transmission of HIV. That’s what makes people power so important. Together, we can equip people with the knowledge and tools needed to manage — even extinguish — the virus. Join (RED) in working towards a future free of HIV.

 

 

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Following a wonderful first performance recently, the Symphonic WavesYouth Orchestra is looking for more talented young musicians to join the ensemble.

An audition will be held this Saturday 13 July for wind, brass, or percussion players from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare or Limerick. Full details below.
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Music Generation, Galway County, Galway City & Roscommon Galway and Roscommon ETB

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Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann are offering an opportunity for a professional sound or visual artist to create an installation work, using as its inspiration the historically significant harp tunes collected in 1792 by Edward Bunting.

This is a unique opportunity for the recipient to create and present new work through the exploration, discovery and creative re-use of archival materials, and to bring this valuable collection to the attention of the wider public.

Deadline: 24 July 2019

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GIRLS AND WOMEN

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12 March 2019 3:37PM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER

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Take action for women everywhere

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Every day, women and girls experiencing extreme poverty face unique obstacles. And every day, they fight against them with determination. Right now, it will still take 108 years to achieve gender equality. This is unacceptable.

45 women activists from across the African continent contributed to a bold open letter. They’re telling world leaders that we need genuine progress, not grand promises.

You can take action by signing their open letter here.

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Take action for women everywhere

Dear World Leaders,

We are the women at the frontlines of the fight against gender inequality and global poverty.

Every day we see the determination and dignity of girls and women facing down the toughest challenges. We see real advances and the power of people to achieve change. We won’t surrender this fight, but we need you to play your part.

You promised to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030, but at the current rate of progress, this will take 108 years. This is unacceptable. We need genuine progress, not grand promises.

We want implementation and accountability at every level - from this year’s G7 Summit to the Global Fund Replenishment; from our African Union leaders to our community leaders. We will be looking for your actions not your words; for funding to follow promises; and policy to turn into practice. It’s both the right and the smart thing to do for everyone.

To accelerate progress men must demand change with us so that we rise united not divided. And women must have a seat at the decision-making table – because you can’t change what you don’t see.

We’re not looking for your sympathy, we’re demanding your action. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

Yours,

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