Daily Archives: May 17, 2017

YPO Announces the 2017 Global Innovation Award Winners

Honoring Global Innovators Initiating Breakthroughs   that Inspire Positive Transformation DALLAS – 17 May 2017 – YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, concluded its second-annual YPO Innovation Week by announcing the winners of the Global Innovation Awards, which honors those YPO members who have created transformative innovations and nurture continued growth […]

Nigeria: Too Soon to Close Camps for Boko Haram’s Displaced

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA � Camps for thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram will have to stay open beyond the end of this month as Nigeria’s military continues to fight the extremists in so-called liberated areas, officials say.

The governor of the northern state of Borno, Kashim Shettima, told reporters on Tuesday that it is not yet safe to return people to their homes in many places across the region. The government’s goal was to close all of the camps by the end of May.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari late last year declared Boko Haram crushed, but the military now says operations continue to clear the extremists from their strongholds.

What we are doing now is mop-up of the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists who are running into the fringes of the forest as well as border areas, said Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, who commands the counterinsurgency operation in the northeast.

Boko Haram continues to carry out suicide bombings in the Borno capital, Maiduguri, and has attacked the military in more remote areas. Hundreds of people have been killed since Buhari’s declaration. On Monday, police said three female suicide bombers detonated on the route between Maiduguri and the city of Bama, killing two people and injuring six.

Maiduguri is home to more than a dozen camps for those displaced by Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed over the years, with thousands abducted and millions forced from their homes. Starvation remains a threat for many with agriculture and markets disrupted. The insurgency also has spilled into neighboring countries.

The humanitarian crisis is considered one of the worst in the world.

We will not wait till eternity. We are very optimistic that very soon the entire Borno will be safe enough for full habitation, Shettima said.

Source: Voice of America

Department of Women on violence against women

Media Statement on current Violence against Women

Recent media headlines of women and children abused, raped, murdered, burned and buried in attempts to hide traces remind us of the vulnerability of women and girl children at the hands of men. There are many other women currently missing � who may never be found.

Gender-based violence remains one of the most critical challenges facing our communities today. The recent disturbing developments sketch a grim reality that women continue to face in our society.

While some of these cases have caught the media’s attention � we should always bear in mind that there are equally brutal cases of many other women suffering at the hands of men � whose pain and suffering remains unknown. It therefore requires that we all do our part in our homes, communities and various institutions including places of work to prevent violence.

The trauma � the grief and emotional scars left by these experiences on family members and the community � take time to heal � and sometimes they never heal.

Never does one feel oneself helpless as in trying to speak comfort to bereavement from these horrors. We are all weeping that many so young should have a life so brief.

We need to do more to intensify programmes that aim to prevent the abuse of women and children. We also need to do more to focus on boys and young men so that they become better members of our society tomorrow. We call on community leaders to engage with their communities to help prevent the abuse and violence against women and children 365 days of the year.

Source: Government of South Africa

Alternate Foreign Minister G. Katrougalos meets with Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs N. Germanas

Alternate Foreign Minister G. Katrougalos met at the Foreign Ministry today with the Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neris Germanas.During their meeting they discussed the strengthening of bilateral economic relations, cooperation in the t…