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Nigeria’s youth are demanding a better future for all

14 August 2019 9:00PM UTC | By: MELANIE RHODES


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By 2030, half of Nigeria’s population will be under 25 years old. The future will be in their hands, and they’re already working to make it better!

The Nigerian Government is now in no doubt about the kind of future young Nigerians want. Last month, ONE members presented a Youth Declaration with over 67,0000 signatures to Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, demanding that leaders invest in Nigeria’s youth.

The Declaration outlines what matters most to them, with unemployment at the top of the list. This isn’t surprising, since around a third of 15 to 35-year-olds can’t get work or can only find low-skilled jobs. Ending corruption, improving healthcare, access to education, and investment in agriculture are also high on the list.

“Our ask is that you fulfill your promises to young Nigerians, especially on job creation because we are losing out on so many outstanding Nigerians who are emigrating. I’ll be passing out of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in a few weeks and my question is, ‘what next?’ Sadly, that’s the reality of millions of young Nigerians,” said ONE supporter Wadi Ben-Hirki to the Vice President.

They voted for their future

The Youth Declaration was part of the #VoteYourFuture campaign. Ahead of Nigerian elections in February 2019, young people were empowered to create the future they want to see by getting to know the issues and making their votes count.

#VoteYourFuture went on the road across Nigeria in February 2019. Tens of thousands of young people made their voices heard.

#VoteYourFuture went on the road across Nigeria in February 2019. Tens of thousands of young people made their voices heard.

Tens of thousands of young people showed up at events and rallies. Determined ONE Champions, volunteers and a host of influential speakers took #VoteYourFuture on the road, leading panel discussions and debating policies across Nigeria.

While some took #VoteYourFuture on the road, others went online. ONE partnered with TRACE, a Nigerian TV Channel, and Enough is Enough to produce a series of interviews with five of the Presidential Candidates who signed the Youth Declaration.

ONE Champions and Members engaged with Presidential Candidates.

ONE Champions and Members engaged with Presidential Candidates.

Signed, sealed, delivered

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who received the Youth Declaration on behalf of the Government of Nigeria, promised to create more opportunities for young people in the next four years. He also encouraged youth to promote national unity irrespective of political, ethnic, or religious divides. Perhaps most importantly, he asked them to keep holding their leaders accountable!

Wadi Ben-Hirki (middle) a ONE member, hands the Youth Declaration to Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (right).

Wadi Ben-Hirki (middle) a ONE member, hands the Youth Declaration to Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (right).

#VoteYourFuture sent a strong message that Nigeria’s youth are fed up with empty promises and are ready for bold changes. Now, they are determined to work with leaders to build a nation where everyone leads a life of dignity and opportunity.

Stay up to date with ONE’s work in Nigeria by following us on Twitter & Facebook!

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"How I cope? I don’t see being on the spectrum as a negative thing. My husband is my favorite person I’ve ever met. He’s kind, hilarious, interesting and talented and I admire him. Am I supposed to hope my son isn’t like that?"

Incredible response by Amy Schumer! 👏👏👏

How would you respond if you had received this question?


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Congratulations to Josh for making such strides in his new employment. What a fantastic example being set by AWBS: For all your building and landscaping supplies. in supporting people with a learning disability into valuable opportunities.🤩

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Mencap And AWBS Working Together To Make A Difference:

“Mencap have given Josh and us the opportunity to work together. My advice to other employers is: Don’t be afraid of hiring employees with a learning disability because they can often outshine others.” – Gavin Jones, Bagging Plant Manager, AWBS.

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7 Feminist Laws Iceland Has That the World Needs

Every country should have these laws.


By a lot of measures, Iceland is the best place to be a woman. Iceland starts gender equality lessons in preschool. The country has not just one, but three, laws protecting women at work. Sick of media, treating women as sex objects? That doesn’t fly in Iceland, where a law bans gender discriminatory advertising. Plus, the country was the first to ban strip clubs for feminist reasons. 

Overall, the Nordic country has a near perfect score on the gender-equality scale. For eight years, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report ranked Iceland No. 1 on its list of countries actively closing gaps in gender equality. In 2009, Iceland became the first country to completely close the gender gap in education and health. And in 2016, Iceland was 87% of the way to closing the gender gap in all sectors. 

Read More: These Are the Best Countries to Be a Woman

Clearly, Iceland is leading the way, so what are the policies and standards in place that the rest of the world is looking up to? 

Here are seven laws and standard practices that support women’s rights, and penalize gender discrimination. 

1. Women’s Equality Is Literally Protected by Law 




The Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men is the reason gender equality is a hallmark of Icelandic culture. The law, established in 2000, was revamped in 2008 with the overarching goal of reaching equal rights through all paradigms of society. This law includes information on gender equality for government and businesses to follow. 

Within the law there are nine defined areas of gender discrimination. It identifies differences between indirect and direct gender discrimination, acknowledges gaps in wages, and recognizes that gender-based violence is detrimental to society. 

The law draws out a roadmap to achieving gender equality, even including language on changing negative gender stereotypes. Within the law are 35 articles outlining specific policies on everything from outlawing gender discrimination in schoolbooks and the workplace to buying goods and services. 


2. ‘Equal Pay For Equal Work’ Is Mandatory, Almost




When Icelanders found out it would be another 122 years before they closed the gender pay gap at the current rate, that was unacceptable. Lawmakers took action, announcing on International Women’s Day that Iceland would require companies to prove they pay employees equal rates for equal work, or pay the fine. 

Parliament is expected to pass the bill becoming the first country to make gender wage discrimination illegal. After passing, the government expects the law to roll into effect by 2020 in an effort to close the gender wage gap. 

Currently women make between 14-18% less than men. But the country is soon to ending the last bit of gender inequality in the workplace. 

“We want to break down the last of the gender barriers in the workplace,” said Thorsteinn Viglundsson, Iceland’s social affairs and equality minister. “History has shown that if you want progress, you need to enforce it.”


3. Companies’ Boards Must Include At Least 40% Women



After the shocking corruption and financial collapse in 2009, the government made an effort to include more women in seats of power to reduce corruption. They also prosecuted those responsible for the financial crisis, unlike in the US. 

Article 15 of the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men states that no public company board or government council or committee may have less than 40% gender equality

The law also states that any company with more than 25 employees must have a gender equality program in place, which will review goals every three years. 

Read More: Women Across Europe Are Walking Out of Work Early to Demand Equal Pay


4. Best Parental Leave Policy in the World 




Iceland has the best maternity/paternity policy in the world. The official law, created in 2000, is known as the Icelandic Act on Maternity/Paternity and Parental Leave. The law itself was amended in 2006 increasing parental leave from six to nine months. The government covers parental leave for birth, adoption, and foster care for all employees in Iceland, even those who are self-employed paying 80% of earned salary to new parents. Parents split the time of leave equally to ensure children grow up with equal care from both parents, and workplaces are balanced. The policy is truly the gold standard of parental care. 


5. From Preschool to College, Kids Learn Gender Equality Matters  




After kids grow up with equal time from parents, gender equality lessons don’t stop. Article 23 of the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men mandates that gender equality must be taught in schools throughout all levels of education. 

That means from early education through university, which is free, all sports, classes, and forms of schooling must include and practice gender equality. Iceland has no time for sexist books or assignments either. 

The law states: “educational materials and textbooks shall be designed in such a way as not to discriminate against either sex.” So you would never see an assignment, like the school in Utah, which forced girls to go on dates with male classmates, telling girls to “keep it to yourself” if they feel fat. 


6. Paying For Sex Is Illegal. Stripclubs Are Illegal. Prostitutes Are Victims. 



Paying for sex is illegal in Iceland. It has been for decades. The difference, however, is in 2007 the government amended the law arguing that most people who turn to soliciting sex have no other option or were coerced by others.  

So instead of penalizing victims of poor circumstances who are often forced into prostitution, the law places criminalization on those who pay for sex, and third parties involved.

The country also banned stripclubs in 2009 for feminist reasoning. The revised law states no business may profit from nudity of employees. The law passed with full support in parliament.

“It is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold,” said Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir who proposed the ban on strip clubs.

This applies to public advertising too. No ad may belittle any gender or go against the country’s fierce mission to achieve gender equality. 

Read More: Iceland to Be the First Country to Demand Proof of Equal Pay


7. There Is a Magical ‘Ministry of Gender Equality’ 




Ironically, the caveat to achieving gender equality for Nordic countries is taking it for granted. 

“Our biggest challenge is taking equality for granted. We relax too much. We think everything is done for good. This worries me,” said Gro Bruntland, Norway’s first female prime minister. 

Fortunately, in Iceland, there’s a ministry to complacency on gender equality.  The ministry of gender equality, as in Harry Potter, is magic. But unlike the fictional novel, this ministry is real. 

The country created agency to check and balance progress on advancing equality as part of a revisions to the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men. The agency includes a three part council which includes the Equal Status Council, the Complaints Committee, and a new Centre for Gender Equality. 

Together these agencies research, advertise, advocate, and check laws on gender equality. Their goal is to create a legal, cultural, historical, social and psychosocial approach to gender equality.


Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE are campaigning to eradicating discriminatory laws that hold girls and women back with #LevelTheLaw. Iceland sets the bar high, but they also prove changing the law works to create equal opportunities. 

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World leaders can (and should) ensure a feminist G7 Summit

20 August 2019 3:36PM UTC | By: ONE


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As the world anxiously awaits the start of this year’s critical G7 Summit, the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC), an expert body of global gender champions, has laid down a challenge to world leaders. They’ve created a series of recommendations to drive gender equality, empower women and girls, and ensure that this year marks the world’s first truly feminist G7.

This report—released just days ahead of the Summit’s opening in Biarritz—illuminates the precarious situation facing women and girls worldwide. From accessing quality education to receiving equitable health care, from pursuing fair economic opportunities to living a life free from violence, this report highlights the critical and crippling barriers women and girls face each day.

Delivering Real Change

As we at ONE have long championed, addressing these challenges and delivering real gender equality will require leaders to deliver on three levels:

  1. Legislative and policy change
  2. Financial commitments
  3. A robust accountability framework

The GEAC report addresses each of these pillars and shares brilliant recommendations for world leaders, especially on the legislative and financial side.

Some highlights include a call for G7 leaders (and their partners from across the world) to deliver at a minimum one new progressive law that fights inequality and advances the rights of women and girls, signed, sealed, and delivered before next year’s Summit.

To support these changes, the GEAC also recognises the need for more funding to fight gender equality, urging countries to allocate 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance (ODA). The report also calls on donor countries to make sure that at least 85% of this aid contributes to gender equality, a key commitment that leaders must make if we are to see real gender equality achieved.

But the truth is that legislation and funding are not enough.

Progress Not Promises

For too long, we’ve seen empty words and broken commitments. That’s why we need to ensure leaders are held accountable for what they commit and that the G7 summit delivers progress, and not promises, for women and girls around the world.

To achieve this, we need an innovative, independent accountability mechanism which tracks progress against commitments, and holds leaders to account on what they have promised.

Whilst the GEAC report acknowledges the importance of such a framework, its recommendations must go further if we are to stop countries whitewashing their reporting, or blocking civil society scrutiny. Only with an independent group of experts reporting on progress, an engaged civil society with an equal seat at the table, and all countries (not just wealthy G7 nations) held to account, will this become the game-changing mechanism the world so clearly needs.

Based on current estimates, it will be another 108 years until gender equality is achieved worldwide. This year, world leaders have the opportunity to do something about these startling statistics. By choosing gender equality as its primary goal, the G7 has raised great hopes for women and girls worldwide and set out their stall to make this the most feminist G7 ever seen.

Now is the time to be ambitious; so let’s make sure they reach for that extra mile and live up to expectations.

Add your voice to the demand for #ProgressNotPromises at the G7 Summit below!

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Bono and ONE Welcome Canada’s Continued Investment in Global AIDS Crisis

22 August 2019 1:00PM UTC

Canada meets the global call to help save lives in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria

OTTAWA — Today, the Canadian Government announced that it will increase its support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria. This pledge comes at a time when the world urgently needs to build on the progress achieved over the last 15 years to defeat preventable diseases.

Though the world has seen a dramatic decline in AIDS deaths and a huge increase in the number of people on treatment, that disease still infects 800 young women every day. Canada’s new commitment will help build the capacity of governments to fight these diseases while investing more of their own resources, which will help save over 790,000 lives by providing, approximately:

  • anti-retroviral treatment for 1.3 million people living with HIV;
  • treatment and care for 940,000 people suffering from tuberculosis; and
  • 37 million bed nets to protect children and families from malaria.

Bono, lead singer of U2 and Co-Founder of The ONE Campaign and (RED):

“Thank you Prime Minister Trudeau and thank you to the Canadian people for making this new commitment to the Global Fund and saving millions of lives. The fight against AIDS is a marathon, not a sprint, and some are growing weary — but not Canada. With strong legs and a stronger heart, you have shown once again that the world can count on Canada. This is a human race we have to win.”

Gayle Smith, President and CEO of The ONE Campaign:

“This is a huge win at a time when the world is distracted from the fact that we know how to beat the diseases but that we’re still not moving fast enough. Canada’s increase in funding sends a signal that will spur other donors to step up to win this fight.”

Stuart Hickox, Canada Director of The ONE Campaign:

“We welcome and applaud this investment, and this renewed and strengthened role for Canada in global health. This is a commitment that is supported by Canadian advocates and citizens who have been championing the importance of a robust Canadian commitment to the Global Fund, and by those across Canada who have not forgotten the toll of the AIDS crisis in this country and want to step up to save others.”


Ends –


Media Contacts:

Justin McAuley
Media Manager, ONE in Canada
+1 613 686 1546

Gayle Smith is in Biarritz for the G7 Summit and available for comment. For any media enquiries in Biarritz, please contact:

Ben Maitland – +44 (0) 7881 370 441
Charlotte Grignard – +33 62 24 10 041
Karoline Lerche – +49 (0)173 249 0094
Guadalupe de las Casas Escardo – +32 (0) 472 71 74 20


Notes to Editors:

About ONE

ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity. We are non-partisan and pressure governments to do more to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and empower citizens to hold their governments to account. Read more at www.one.org.


The Importance of Investing in the Global Fund

The Global Fund is calling on the world to step up the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. We are just months away from a crucial moment in the fight against the diseases. In October 2019, President Macron will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon. This Replenishment seeks to raise at least US$14 billion to help save 16 million lives, avert 234 million infections and help the world get back on track to end these diseases. Of the at least US$14 billion, the Global Fund is calling on the private sector to mobilize at least US$1 billion to step up the fight.

Stepping up the fight should not be seen as a choice, but as the fulfilment of a promise. This moment presents us with an opportunity to take a massive step toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3: health and well-being for all. We have no time to waste and we are calling on the world to step up the fight. Now.

Ending the epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030 is within reach, but not yet fully in our grasp. With only 11 years left, we have no time to waste. We must continue to step up the fight.

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AUG. 22, 2019



Nepal Bans Single-Use Plastics in Mount Everest Region

The ban is intended to address the growing trash problem on and around Mount Everest.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Plastic waste, if not recycled or properly managed, often becomes a harmful environmental pollutant that impacts life on land and in the oceans. Reducing plastic pollution is essential to establishing and maintaining sustainability around the world, according to the United Nations. Join us in taking action to protect the planet here

Mount Everest has served as a dumping ground for climbers over the last 66 years, with over 60,000 pounds of trash accumulating on the ascent to the world’s highest peak. Despite clean-up efforts by the government, volunteer groups, and conscientious individuals, there are still tons of trash left — particularly plastic waste. 

So the Nepalese government announced that it will take matters into its own hands on Thursday with a ban on the buying, selling, and usage of single-use plastic items thinner than 30 microns (0.0012 inches or 0.03 millimeters) in the Khumbu region. The ban, which will go into effect at the start of next year, is intended to curb waste from single-use plastics like bottles for soft drinks, utensils, cups, and straws.

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"If we start now, it will help keep our region, the Everest, and the mountains clean long-term," Ganesh Ghimire, chief administrative officer of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, told AFP.

However, the ban will not apply to plastic water bottles, perhaps the biggest contributor to plastic pollution on the planet, likely due to a lack of water supply on the mountain. 

Read More: 10 Simple Tips to Reduce Single-Use Plastics in Your Life

"We are consulting with all sides about what can be done about plastic water bottles," Ghimire told CNN on Thursday. "We will soon find a solution for that." 

Ghimire also revealed that this isn’t the first time that the government has tried to address the problem. In 1999, the government introduced a similar ban, which ultimately failed due to poor implementation. So far, no punitive consequences have been announced for those who do not adhere to the new law.  

Starting in 2014, the government has also attempted to hold climbers monetarily responsible for keeping the mountain clean by imposing a $4,000 deposit that is only refunded if each climber collects at least 17.6 pounds of waste from the mountain for proper disposal. Only half of all climbers have been able to deliver on the challenge. 

However, through a clean-up campaign, the government removed over 24,000 pounds of waste earlier this year with the help of volunteers.

Read More: Record Number of Everest Climbers Leave Waste Behind, Contaminating Water Used by Locals

As global rises in temperature cause glaciers to melt, the waste left behind has now almost completely surfaced. This has raised increasing environmental concerns over the potential pollution of the water supply in the lower valley. 

Globally, more than 30 million tons of plastic is produced every year, with over 8 million tons ending up in the world's oceans. Instead of being recycled, most plastic waste overwhelms landfills and ends up in bodies of water through runoff. Plastic water pollution harms marine life and birds and can contaminate aquifers and other sources of drinking water, contributing to the global water crisis. 

As the plastic pollution and its effects become more pervasive and troubling, governments around the world are adopting single-use plastic bans. While the effectivessness of the ban will depend on enforcement by the government, it is a step in the right direction for the future of Nepal's natural environment and the vast life that rely on it. 

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Job Opportunity: Music Generation Development Officer, Meath (Re-advertisement)

Job Opportunity: Music Generation Development Officer, Meath (Re-advertisement)

Louth and Meath ETB is now inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer, Meath.

Post Reference Number: C218

A Music Generation Development Officer will be appointed by Louth and Meath ETB and will be responsible for managing an extensive performance music education programme on behalf of the Meath Local Music Education Partnership.

Meath has recently been selected for participation in Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Five year, fixed-term contract (€46,771 – €57,157)

Application form, job description and person specification and other details available from – www.etbjobs.ie

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is: 12 noon, Friday 13th September 2019

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Based on the volume of applications received short-listing may apply. Short-listing will take place on the basis of the information provided in the application form. Depending on the qualifications and experience of applicants, short-listing thresholds may be significantly higher than the minimum standards set out.

Louth and Meath ETB is an equal opportunities employer.

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Last Friday we heard the great news that two of Music Generation Cork City's long-time participants, Amy O’Callaghan and Caoimhe Barry, have been accepted to study Music and Geography at University College Cork. Congratulations Amy and Caoimhe on this wonderful achievement! We’re delighted to hear your music journeys will continue for years to come. Best of luck in your new, exciting chapter 


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Agenda: Inequality comes to life! Our team are in Biarritz for the G7 summit asking leaders to take concrete action to achieve gender equality everywhere:

⚖️Change the Law 
💳Finance the Fight
📈Track Commitments to Completion

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By Sushmita Roy  and Pia Gralki

MAY 28, 2019



New Law Requires Filipino Students to Plant 10 Trees to Graduate

If implemented successfully, at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Deforestation causes climate change, displaces Indigenous communities, and destroys natural habitats that host a variety of flora and fauna. Over the past few decades, the Philippines has suffered heavy losses due to illegal logging and loose environmental protection policies, but the government is now taking steps to combat climate change — starting with its students and future leaders. You can join the movement to support climate action here.

In order to graduate, students in Philippines will now be required to do more than just maintain a passing grade.

A new law will make it mandatory for graduating elementary school, high school, and college students to plant at least 10 trees before graduation.

The legislation, called the “Graduation Legacy for the Environmental Act,” was passed on May 15 and aims to tackle deforestation while helping younger generations become more environmentally conscious.

"With over 12 million students graduating from elementary and nearly 5 million students graduating from high school and almost 500,000 graduating from college each year, this initiative, if properly implemented, will ensure that at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year,” Representative Gary Alejano, the bill’s main author, said in its explanatory note.

The Department of Education and the Commission of Higher Education are responsible for implementing and ensuring compliance with the new law.

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“In the course of one generation, no less than 525 billion [trees] can be planted under this initiative,” Alejano said.

The new legislation is part of the broader effort by the Philippines government to tackle effects of climate change by adopting measures for reforestation.

The Philippines is facing deforestation on a more severe level than most countries in the world. The total forest cover in the country dropped from 70% to 20% during the 20th century, mainly due to an increase in illegal logging — the production and transport of timber in unauthorized areas.

Soil erosion resulting from deforestation and monocropping — the repeated farming of a single crop on the same land year after year — has also led to food and water insecurity throughout the country.

With reduced forest cover and frequent typhoons, landslides have become a common occurrence.

Read More: The Philippines Is Shutting Down This Resort Island Because of Water Pollution

According to CNN, students will plant trees in mangroves, existing forests, protected areas, some military ranges, abandoned lots, and select urban areas. The species of trees to be planted will vary and will be chosen with the topography of the land in mind.

“Even with a survival rate of only 10%, this would mean an additional 525 million trees would be available for the youth to enjoy, when they assume the mantle of leadership in the future,” Alejano said.

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Meet our volunteers: Obinna, Nataly and Laura!

19 August 2019 2:42PM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES


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Welcome to the July edition of our Meet Our Volunteers blog series. This month, we sat down with volunteers from Nigeria, Germany and Canada!

Obinna, a ONE Champion, lives in Abuja. Originally from Imo State in the south-eastern part of Nigeria, Obinna’s been a ONE volunteer for 2 years now. Nataly, a ONE Youth Ambassador in Germany, has volunteered with ONE since March 2018. Laura, a ONE Volunteer from Canada has also been a volunteer with ONE since 2018.

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


Obinna (right), ONE Champion, Nigeria.

How did you get involved with ONE?

Obinna: I first got involved with ONE when I participated in marking the success of the #MakeNaijaStronger (MNS) campaign. I contributed to the MNS campaign through the Health Sector Reform Coalition (of which ONE is a member) and the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage. Our ask to the Nigerian government was for them to allocate at least 1% of its Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) to the national budget, for the implementation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF). After that, I felt motivated to identify with ONE since my aspirations were in line with ONE’s work.

Nataly: During a voluntary year with the Red Cross in Uganda I came to realise how privileged I am to have been born into a life that never had me struggle with extreme poverty or insufficient health care. While I can’t change my status, I decided to use those privileges to speak up. Together with millions of action takers worldwide, ONE strives to raise public awareness and pressure political leaders to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Such a huge number of young people have the power to initiate real change.

Laura: I got involved with ONE during the #GirlsCount campaign. I think educating girls is really important to helping families and communities get out of the cycle of poverty as well as improving health.


Laura, ONE volunteer, Canada.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Obinna: I believe youth involvement in activism is essential because when we talk about demographic dividend in Nigeria, the youth are at its core. In order to reap the benefits of demographic dividend, I believe the youth must play an active part in the discussions and policies that concern them – including education, health (especially sexual and reproductive health), employment, and the safeguarding of the environment. I believe the voices of youths must be heard and channeled in a constructive and synergistic way in order to ensure inclusiveness, active participation and accountability in governance

Nataly: I am striving for gender equality and quality education for girls and women. With the organisation my partner and I founded in Uganda, we are supporting girls and women with menstrual hygiene management and the skills to make reusable sanitary pads. But that’s only a small step. We need to get to higher levels to empower women and ensure gender equality. Nowhere in this world women hold the same rights as men. And the more a country is affected by poverty, the harder it hits women and girls. Poverty is sexist. And there is still a lot to be done, until we achieve comprehensive gender equality.

Laura: I would ensure every child, girls and boys, have access to quality education that includes true inclusiveness and equality. We cannot have gender equality without educating boys as well.


Nataly, ONE Youth Ambassador, Germany,

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

Obinna: My proudest moment was when I became a ONE Champion in 2019. I was so excited to have been selected as one of the 50 Champions for the 2019 cohort of the ONE Champions program, from over 2500 applications received across Nigeria. It made me realise that I was noticed and that the work I do really matters.

Nataly: During our welcome days for the Youth Ambassador program 2018 in Berlin, we coincidentally met the former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan. He emphasised how important it is to have people – youths – to get out and fight for what they believe in. Maybe this was not the best moment to be proud, as it was just the beginning of my journey with ONE. But it was a huge motivation. And it made me feel very proud: I am proud to be part of ONE. A movement that speaks up and acts, rather than just accepting injustice and enjoying privileges.

Laura: So far, my proudest moment was during a Doors Open with my MP. In a small office, packed with constituents during one of our lovely Canadian blizzards, I was the only attendee advocating for an increase in Canada’s Official Development Assistance. After explaining my positions and asking my MP to bring up the recommendation during his next caucus meeting, I was pleasantly surprised by their support for my request, which was expressed by everyone else in the room. Volunteering with ONE has led me to meet caring and inspiring people. It has reminded me that every single time we dare to speak up for what we care about, we can have an impact. What you stand for and what you do about it, has a ripple effect that makes a difference.

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If there’s ever been a time to take action, it’s now. The latest numbers just came in from UNAIDS—the world’s main source for the latest AIDS info—and the data is alarming. The pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to treatment, and ending AIDS-related deaths is slowing down.

This year’s Global AIDS Update from UNAIDS, Communities at the Centre, shows a mixed picture. Some countries are making impressive gains, meanwhile others are experiencing rises in new infections and AIDS-related deaths. We’ll be talking about the details of the report a lot more over the next few months, but the key takeaway is that AIDS is very much still a crisis.


  • 37.9 million people globally are living with HIV

  • 23.3 million people are accessing life-saving HIV treatment—meaning more than 62% of all people living with HIV are accessing the medicine they need to stay healthy and alive

  • 1.7 million people became newly infected with HIV last year—equal to 3 people contracting HIV every minute

  • 770,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses last year

  • Over 400 babies are born every day with HIV

We’ve made so much progress in recent years, but unfortunately, it’s nowhere near enough. The findings in today’s UNAIDS report show that we’re completely off-track to hit key 2020 targets to eliminate new infections and end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. And on a worrying note, the gap between resource needs and resource availability is widening. For the first time since 2000, global financing for the AIDS response—from governments, multilateral institutions and other donors—declined by nearly US$ 1 billion.

We have absolutely no time to waste. We must take action now if we’re going to end AIDS, once and for all.

July 17, 2019

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Why global health is good for everyone

4 April 2019 8:57PM UTC | By: KATIE RYAN


Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

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What is global health?

It’s a big year for global health so ONE is going to be talking about it a lot. But before we jump into the nitty gritty statistics or the importance of getting funding for the world’s most innovative partnerships, let’s talk about what global health actually is!

Global health is about improving people’s health worldwide, reducing inequality and, protecting societies from global threats, such as preventable diseases, that don’t stop at national borders.

So why is it important?

We are at a tipping point. In 2017, nearly one million people died from AIDS-related causes globally and another 1.8 million contracted HIV. After 10 years of steady decline, malaria is back on the rise, especially among children under 5 years old, who account for two-thirds of all malaria deaths. Though more than 10 million people contract TB every year, nearly 40% of those are “missed” – that is almost 4 million people left undiagnosed, untreated, and therefore, contagious.

As a global community, we all benefit when our neighbours are healthy. Access to prevention and treatment should be a right, not a privilege. Yet, so many of our community members cannot enjoy this right because of prohibitive costs, distance, or stigma and discrimination.

If people can access affordable healthcare, they can invest in bettering their community: kids can attend school, adults can pursue careers, families can enjoy their time together, the list goes on. Quality of life skyrockets when prevention and treatment are affordable and accessible.

Human rights always come first. But it is important to realize that ensuring our global community is healthy, educated and empowered has another benefit: economic growth. Failing to protect health could quickly thwart this potential. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is a staggering illustration of the economic consequences of just one outbreak of disease: in 2015, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone lost US$2.2 billion in gross domestic product, threatening economic stability and private sector growth in the region.

We know that investments made in health today will pay dividends tomorrow.

  • Every US$1 invested in immunisation, for example, leads to a return of US$60.
  • Every US$1 invested in reducing malaria infections delivers a return of US$36.
  • Every US$1 invested in health spending for the world’s poorest leads to a return of US$13.

Simply put, health is a smart investment with big returns.

Where do we go from here?

Health has been one of the most recognised and celebrated success stories in global development since the turn of the 21st century. This progress has not happened by accident. It has been driven largely by new public-private collaborations, breakthrough commitments to increase investments in health alongside greater investment from national governments, and passionate citizen activism.

This is a proud legacy that should be celebrated as a benchmark for what is possible. But it stops well short of being an indicator for future gains. Progress will not continue, and could go into reverse, if our global community, including world leaders, do not commit to looking out for our neighbours.

The Global Fund is one of the best weapons we have to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. The Fund supports programs run by local experts in the countries and communities that need it most – helping to save 27 million lives so far. To help save another 16 million lives between 2021-2023, the Global Fund needs to raise at least US$14 billion by its Replenishment Conference this October.

We must not stall progress now. Are you up for the challenge?

Add your name to tell world leaders they must back this bold partnership. Then share the action with your family and friends.

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