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  1. 0 HEALTH ONE takes over Big Brother Naija for healthcare pitch competition 17 October 2019 4:12PM UTC | By: ULRICH JANSE VAN VUUREN JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email The ONE Campaign recently took over the reality show Big Brother Naija to ask the housemates: How can we ensure all Nigerians have access to the healthcare they deserve? The housemates each pitched their ideas to convince an expert panel and viewers on the importance of successfully implementing HUWE, Nigeria’s new primary healthcare system. Seyi Awolowo, a medical doctor and grandson of one of Nigeria’s founding fathers Chief Obafemi Awolowo, won the advocacy challenge. He will travel to New York with ONE for the 2020 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and will join ONE’s fight for healthcare access for all Nigerians. Seyi Awolowo, winner of the ONE health advocacy challenge at Big Brother Naija with Waje, Bisola and ONE Country Director, Serah Makka-Ugbabe The housemates presented to a panel comprised of ONE Country Director, Serah Makka-Ugbabe, and ONE Ambassadors Bisola and Waje. Seyi stood out with this demonstrated knowledge of Nigerian healthcare outcomes and the strong case he made for HUWE implementation. The ONE health advocacy panel at Big Brother Naija with Waje, ONE Country Director, Serah Makka-Ugbabe and Bisola deliberating the housemates’ presentations. HUWE is a federal health programme aimed at delivering a minimum package of health services to all Nigerians through the primary healthcare system. The BBNaija competition was part of ONE’s Make Naija Stronger campaign to ensure the successful implementation of HUWE throughout Nigeria. In January 2019, the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) was publicly launched under the name “HUWE”. The name was crowdsourced and is an Ebira word meaning “life”. If properly implemented, HUWE will deliver much needed healthcare services to Nigerians, help reverse Nigeria’s poor health outcomes and move the country significantly closer to universal health coverage. Each year, 58,000 women die in Nigeria due to pregnancy and childbirth-related causes, making Nigeria the second largest contributor to maternal mortality in the world. Every day, 2,300 Nigerian children under the age of 5 die due to preventable disease. Life expectancy in Nigeria is 55 years (men), 56 years (women). By comparison, Ghanaians can expect to live significantly longer, 62 years for men and 64 years for women. “HUWE could be a transformative program for Nigeria. It is the building block of having universal health coverage for all Nigerians,” explained Serah Makka Ugbabe, ONE’s Nigeria Country Director. “Though the program has just being launched, it will not be successful except Nigerians know it exists and demand for it. ONE is delighted to welcome Seyi on board as an advocate for healthcare delivery to all Nigerians, regardless of gender, income or location. His voice will be a powerful addition to our advocacy.” It is now up to the Africa’s governments to respond to the clamour of their citizens by prioritizing agriculture in national investments. Join the fight for better healthcare in Nigeria by becoming a ONE member.
  2. Thank you so much to the mega talented Kami for sending us on the full collection of his limited edition Chernobyl prints. This interpretation of the Chernobyl disaster is so real yet so creatively done. Kami is very kindly donating all the proceeds from the charity prints to Chernobyl Children International! Thank you! If you're interested in supporting this project you can order your prints here: https://www.ecwid.com/…/getyourmerch/Chernobyl-Charity-Prin…
  3. Well done to our Dublin CCI volunteers for organising a fantastic fundraiser in Northside Shopping Centre today. Congratulations to Theresa Moore who was winner of the big spin and won a lovely hamper. A gorgeous prize in the lead up to the festive season. Thanks to everyone who entered and helped fundraise for CCI Dublin!
  4. Well done to CCI's Voluntary CEO Adi Roche who just won the President's Award at the Tipperary Chamber Awards! 'A dhuine uisle, a chairde gael…gurbh mile maith agaibh. Thank you for this prestigious award…the Chamber of Commerce President’s Award. I accept it not only on my own behalf but in the name of our countless volunteers throughout the country…and most importantly I accept this award on behalf of the victims and survivors of Chernobyl. This award sends out a LOUD and CLEAR message that they are NOT FORGOTTEN! There is HOPE!' - Adi Roche #tippbizawards
  5. Tonight, participants from the first 10 years of the brilliant Suburban Sounds project will regroup to perform songs they've written, in celebration of the programme's 10th anniversary. Concert deets: Fri 18 Oct, 8pm at The Civic Tallaght Our partners Music Generation South Dublin have enjoyed some excellent collaborations with the SubSounds team during its first decade - here's to another 10! Tix and more info 👇👇👇 https://www.civictheatre.ie/…/subsounds-10th-anniversary-c…/
  6. The Society for Music Education in Ireland has announced a call for papers for the 9th Annual SMEI Conference. The conference will take place from 24 - 25 January 2020 at the School of Arts Education and Movement, DCU, St. Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra. Submissions can be made at: tiny.cc/SMEI2020 Closing date: 15 November 2019 24th-25th January 2020 in association with the School of Arts Education and Movement, DCU St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra
  7. At last week’s The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, (RED) ambassador Connie and her daughter Lubona took the stage to announce (RED)’s bold pledge—$150M over the next three years! Check out her incredible remarks here. https://www.red.org/reditorial/red-just-pledged-150-million-to-the-global-fund?fbclid=IwAR34BXdlz31w1_1NC1kBl1MbkLgnOlCB6KLjlTFSu4FCr8ytTD_70L4TNWA
  8. 🙌🏾🙌🏾 The making of I WANT TO THANK YOU by artist Steve ESPO Powers for (RED) on Pier 40, NYC. Video: Chop Em Down Films #paintRED red.org/paint
  9. WOW 🙌🏾 Check out WK Interact's mural for (RED) in Paris, France located at 15-19 Avenue de la Porte de Vanves. Thank you WK for fighting AIDS with us. #paintRED red.org/paint
  10. Check out this incredible mural by artist BRUSK for (RED) in Lyon, France! #paintRED red.org/apint
  11. 0 GIRLS AND WOMEN 6 quotes that will inspire your fight for gender equality 11 October 2019 2:46PM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Every child has the potential to achieve astounding things. But for girls everywhere, that potential is cut short by discrimination and inequality. This International Day of the Girl, we’re looking to activists who have faced these hurdles and overcome them. We asked gender equality activists what they would say to their younger selves. Their words of advice and encouragement are sure to empower anyone in the fight for equality. Here are six powerful quotes to inspire the next generation of activists: “Find your identity, your true self and live your mission … Your power is your radical self. Find it.” — Aya Chebbi Aya Chebbi is a pan-African feminist and world-renowned blogger. She’s passionate about empowering youth to fight for change, which she does as an African Union Youth Envoy. She’s also the founder of the Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM), Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), and Afresist, a youth leadership program. Earlier this year, she took her skills to the Women7 Summit in Paris to advocate for women and girls on the global stage. She shared her thoughts on the only way we can fight injustice. “If you believe in your idea of change and are willing to work hard, sooner or later that dream will be a reality.” — Naomi Tulay Solanke Naomi Tulay Solanke is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Health Initiative, which provides reusable and affordable health products for women and girls. She also launched PADS4GIRLS, which trains women to produce sanitary pads. Both of these programs aim to empower girls to take control of their reproductive and menstrual health. Naomi explains the importance of menstrual health in this inspiring TEDTalk: “An undying spirit is the primary source of help because it is within you.” — Fridah Githuku Fridah Githuku is the Executive Director of GROOTS Kenya, a national grassroots movement, which gives women visibility and decision-making power in their communities. GROOTS has invested in nearly 3,500 women-led groups across Kenya, sparking local, human-led change. Fridah is passionate about the role of land rights in achieving gender equality, which she advocates for as a partner with Equal Measures 2030. Fridah’s work led to her being named one of our Women of the Year in 2018! “Being a young African girl is not a hurdle to overcome, but a force to be reckoned with.” — Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa is an accomplished HIV/AIDS advocate and founder of the Young Beninese Leaders Association. This youth and women-led program has trained more than 3,000 girls and women on sexual and reproductive health, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She is also a “Goalkeeper for the Goals” for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa was also one of our 2018 Women of the Year for her outstanding work on women’s health. “You will often feel as if you don’t fit, but it has never been your destiny to fit in. You were born to stand out.” — Melene Rossouw Melene Rossouw is an Attorney in the High Court of South Africa. She is also the founder of the Women Lead Movement, where she runs seminars to teach women about human rights, leadership, campaigning, and democratic power. She wants to empower women as leaders for change in their communities and hold governments accountable to protect and secure women’s rights. Back in March, Melene met with comedian and best-selling novelist Phoebe Robinson to talk about her work. You can find the entire Q&A on our Instagram. “Life doesn’t always give us what we deserve, but rather, what we demand. And so you must continue to push harder than any other person in the room.” — Wadi Ben-Hirki At 17 years old, Wadi Ben-Hirki founded the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation, which seeks to impact marginalised communities through humanitarianism and activism, particularly in Northern Nigeria. She also serves on the African Leadership Institute Youth Advisory Board and was the special guest from Africa at the 2018 Y20 Summit. On top of all that, she’s a ONE Champion! Earlier this year, she and other ONE Champions met with Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo to demand a better future for Nigeria’s youths. The empowering messages don’t stop here. We want to hear your messages to your younger selves. Visit our Facebook and Twitter on IDG to leave your message and inspire future generations! Looking for more inspiration? Check out the trailer for our new docu-series, Yours in Power, premiering on October 29!
  12. CULTURE 3 newsletters you need in your inbox right now 1 August 2019 8:10PM UTC | By: EMILY MILLER, JANE EAGLES ADD YOUR NAME Take action for women everywhere EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Cut through the noise (and the junk mail) and get the most important, punchy, and downright inspiring newsletters with these awesome subscriptions. We’re raving about them here at ONE – we think you should find out what all the fuss is about too! These newsletters deliver the stories of real women and girls straight to your inbox. So go ahead and hit subscribe. Your inbox will thank you. She Leads Africa She Leads Africa is building the next generation of fierce and strong women in the workplace one email at at time. Their newsletters deliver inspiration, information, and career advice straight to your inbox. These women are slaying the world of business, with their innovation and ambition, after reading this newsletter we’re sure some of that #AfricanGirlMagic will have rubbed off on you too! Love Our Girls Launched by Danai Gurira in 2016, Love Our Girls brings the injustices faced by girls and women around the world to the top of our inboxes every month. By increasing our awareness of what’s happening around the world, we can empower and uplift these female voices and work towards ending the injustices that they face. Assembly By girls and for girls, Assembly is a bi-monthly newsletter from The Malala Fund featuring the stories and issues girls and young women really care about — from following the week in the life of a girl, to detailed essays on how young girls are leading the charge for a better world. And if you are or know a girl who has an inspiring story or to share, Assembly wants to hear from you! They take submissions on their website. 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,
  13. No matter if you're young, old or somewhere in-between, it's all of our jobs to make sure leaders know what issues we're passionate about.
  14. 0 GIRLS AND WOMEN Activists write to the past in powerful new docu-series October 10 2019 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email If you could say anything to yourself as a kid, what would you say? That’s the question behind ONE’s new documentary series, Yours in Power. Three activists working to create gender equality have written to themselves as young girls, offering advice and insights for the road ahead. Their inspiring words prove the power of a strong voice and an unwavering determination to create an equal world. Any activist knows that changing the world can involve a lot of letters. Whether it be addressed to politicians, world leaders, or fellow advocates, there’s no doubt that words have immense power in sparking action. Now, these three powerful women are using that power to reflect on their own journeys as advocates and show that anyone, anywhere, can change the world. The first of three documentaries will be released on October 29, followed by the next two in November and December. Before you hear their powerful stories, get to know a bit about the three activists we’re highlighting: Melene Rossouw Melene Rossow grew up on the Cape Flats of South Africa. Inspired by her mother’s fight for gender equality, she became determined to fight for the rights of women and girls through elevating their voices. In 2009, she became an Attorney in the High Court of South Africa. She is also the founder of the Women Lead Movement, where she runs seminars to teach women about human rights, leadership, campaigning, and democratic power. Her goal is to empower women to be leaders for change in their communities and hold governments accountable to protect and secure women’s rights. She sees the tough road to equality ahead. Luckily, she is up for the challenge: “Restructuring our world so that women may flourish is going to be a tough job. But you will fight because you believe that gender equality and justice must be achieved.” Look out for Melene’s Yours in Power film on October 29. Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa As a young girl, Dr. Joannie Bewa experienced the fear and challenge of medical issues first-hand when she almost died from an asthma attack. Now, inspired by the doctor who treated her as a child, she views that experience as the beginning of her journey to becoming an award-winning physician. From her home in the Benin Republic, she is advocating for every woman to have access to health services. She founded the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA), which has provided over 10,000 youth with HIV/AIDS awareness. YBLA has also trained more than 3,000 girls and women on sexual and reproductive health, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Ultimately, she hopes to create “a world where no woman will die while giving birth. A world where every woman has access to health services and quality education.” Look out for Joannie’s Yours in Power film on November 12. Wadi Ben-Hirki Wadi Ben-Hirki, like many young girls, grew up being told that she should be “seen and not heard.” The gender discrimination she faced as a kid became the source of her strength, inspiring her to take action and advocate for equality. She founded the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation at only 17 years old. Her foundation educates marginalized communities, including women and youths, on how to be advocates for the issues that affect them. On top of her work with the foundation, she collaborates with other youth advocates as a ONE Champion. Her fight against poverty, illiteracy, and child marriage aims to create a society of equal opportunities for all. She hopes that her activism and her story will enable others to achieve their goals and live freely. Look out for Wadi’s Yours in Power film on December 3. If you could say anything to your past self, what would it be? On October 11, International Day of the Girl, join us on Facebook and Twitter to leave a message for your younger self. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you catch each documentary as soon as it drops!
  15. 0 CULTURE 5 podcast episodes every activist needs April 30 2019 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Chances are, you know someone who’s obsessed with podcasts. You might even be that person. Podcasts have exploded into popularity in recent years. In fact, there’s over 500,000 on Apple Podcasts alone! Whether you’re a long-time listener, or looking for a place to start, we’ve got a great list of podcast episodes for you. What makes it so great? Each one of these episodes covers an important issue, so you can learn something new while you listen! Sooo Many White Guys Phoebe, Javier Muñoz, and Gayle Smith Fight the Good Fight! In case it wasn’t clear, we love Phoebe Robinson. The best-selling author, podcast queen, and ONE and (RED) ambassador uses her influence to talk about important issues, always mixing in a few laughs. She began her podcast Sooo Many White Guys as a way to push back against the predominance of white men in comedy. Her podcast often features guests who are women and/or people of color talking about race, feminism, and social issues. Her most recent episode features none other than our own CEO, Gayle Smith, and actor Javier Munoz, who’s also a (RED) ambassador! They discuss how Gayle and Javier got to where they are today, and give some important insights into the HIV/AIDS crisis. African Tech RoundUp Wajenzi’s Alain Nkurukiye on Galvanising Diasporans to Back Economic Growth in Africa African Tech RoundUp covers everything digital, technological, and innovative coming out of Africa. This organization, based in Johannesburg, produces podcasts, op-eds, media projects, and more. Their podcasts dive deep into the growing tech scene with guests who are working in the industry. This episode features guest Alain Nkurukiye, the founder of tech startup Wajenzi. When he worked in the Netherlands, he wanted to give back to his home in Burundi. Now, his mission is to give the African diaspora a way to invest in entrepreneurs in their home nations. Sincerely, Hueman 2018 Year End Special (Part 2) Sincerely, Hueman tells stories about everyday people who are changing communities. Each episode features leaders that spark social good through local and global movements. They share a diverse array of stories, showing that everyone has the ability to create positive change for people worldwide. The second part of their 2018 end-of-year special features Ashaba Faridah. Ashaba, one of the few female pilots in Uganda, is the founder of Bambino Life Foundation. Her organization encourages girls to get an education, creates awareness for children living with disability, and donates needed items to orphanages. The Guilty Feminist Period Poverty with Gemma Cairney, Amika George, Grace Campbell The Guilty Feminist is a comedy podcast that balances hilarious wit with smart discussion. Hosts Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen invite guests to go in-depth on all things feminism. This episode is about period poverty. Their guests are activists who tackle period taboos and work to make sanitary products accessible. The discussion highlights the global issue of period poverty and how we can stop it. Of course, some tongue-in-cheek comedy about menstruation is also in the mix. Pod Save the World The Worst Humanitarian Crisis since WWII There’s tons of political podcasts out there, but few can break down big issues like Pod Save the World does. This foreign policy podcast makes global issues relatable and easy to understand. They also focus on how people can get involved. This episode dives deep into the current refugee crisis, how it happened, and how it affects us all. The guest, David Miliband, highlights how the circumstances for displacement are often man-made. But, there is a silver lining – everyone, particularly young people, can help solve this crisis.
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