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16-Day Activism: FIDA Tasks Stakeholders on Ending GBV

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The Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) on Wednesday stressed the need for institutions and communities to be proactive and develop policies that prevent every form of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and ensure perpetrators are dealt according to the law.

Ms Rhoda Tyoden, National President, FIDA Nigeria made the call in Abuja at a news conference in commemoration of 16 days of activism on Ending all Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls with theme: “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women NOW!

Tyoden, while decrying the increasing number of reported cases of GBV in the country, described it as a clear gross violation of their fundamental
human rights.

“It is a global health and developmental issue that cuts across economic wealth, culture, religion, age, and sexual orientation.

“It is one of the most extreme expressions of unequal gender relations in our society,
accordingly it remains a critical factor for the optimum contribution and development of women and girls in our society,” she said.

She further regretted that women and the girl-child were subjected in many climes to live and survive in domestic settings that threatened their very existence and proper development.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic showed more than ever that women are the most disadvantaged in the society, as the pandemic fueled an exponential increase in
VAWG through domestic and physical abuse, rape, psychological abuse, FGM, early marriage among others,” she said.

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According to her, World Health Organisation (WHO) reports indicates that globally about 1 in 3 (30 per cent) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner
violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime, maintaining that these statistics are worrisome and cannot be ignored.

“We acknowledge that the theme is apt and appreciate the emphasis on ending the violence NOW, stressing the urgency required and emphasize that all persons
are born free, equal and must be respected and protected.

“As such, women and indeed girls must be kept safe from all forms of violence,” she stressed.

She proffered new tools in the prevention and elimination of VAWG stressing the need for increased awareness and advocacy efforts; Sharing knowledge, intervention strategies and innovations.

“Institutions and communities must therefore be proactive and develop policies that prevent and deal forthwith with abuse to act as a deterrent.

“There is urgent need to address the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Women and Girls in West African Commonwealth countries.

“Legislators and the Executive
members of Governments should act fast in ending the violence against women and
girls in the region.

“This call remains a desideratum as the rate of violence still escalates, and is still at an all-time high due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and
girls which is fueled by patriarchy and misogyny. These must all be stopped now, “she stressed. (NAN)

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Man, 25 Commits Suicide in Kwara over Inability to Pay Debt

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From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

A 25 year old man whose name was given as Olakunle Obaoye was allegedly found hanging in a bush at Erinmope Village near Ayedun in Oke Ero Local Government Area of Kwara state on Monday.

The deceased according to family sources allegedly killed himself over depression occasioned by his inability to pay debts that he owed some people.

The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) which confirmed the incident said that the deceased was found dead in a bush on Monday.

The Command’s public relations officer Babawale Afolabi said in a statement on Tuesday that the deceased elder brother reported the incident to it office.

“On Monday 17/01/2022:at about 1200 hours one Thomas Obaoye of Ayedun town went to our divisional office in the area to notify our men on ground about the demise of his brother Olakunle Obaoye, 25, whose lifeless body was found hanging on the tree in what look like a suicide

“Following the report, NSCDC men from Ayedun Division later went to the scene of the incident and worked together with the relatives of the victim to bring down his corpse from the tree.

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“The dead body was later handed over to the family for proper burial”, he said.

Babawale said that the matter had been handed over to the police for further investigations and necessary actions.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Covax Leads Supply Operation – WHO

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The World Health Organization, WHO, has revealed that COVAX with its billionth dose supply to Rwanda, it is the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history,

In a statement issued by WHO and made available to newsmen in Abuja, said a shipment of 1.

1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda included the billionth dose supplied via COVAX.

“Together with our partners, COVAX is leading the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history, with deliveries to 144 countries to date.

“But the work that has gone into this milestone is only a reminder of the work that remains.

“As of 13 January 2022, out of 194 Member States, 36 WHO Member States have vaccinated less than 10% of their population, and 88 less than 40%.

“COVAX’s ambition was compromised by hoarding/stockpiling in rich countries, catastrophic outbreaks leading to borders and supply being locked. And a lack of sharing of licenses, technology and knowhow by pharmaceutical companies meant manufacturing capacity went unused.

“COVAX is working with governments, manufacturers and partners to ensure that when countries receive vaccines they can get them to people quickly,” the statement read.

The world noted that with updated vaccines in the pipeline, now is the moment for all citizens to demand that governments & pharmaceutical companies share health tools globally & bring an end to the death & destruction cycles of this pandemic, limit new variants and drive a global economic recovery.

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COVID-19: Omicron Pandemic Has Flattened – WHO

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The World Health Organisation, WHO, has said that the Omicron-fueled COVID-19 pandemic fourth wave in Africa has flattened after a six-week surge, marking the shortest-lived surge to date in the continent where cumulative cases have now exceeded 10 million.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, who stated this during a virtual press conference, said that even though the continent appears to be weathering the latest pandemic wave, vaccination rates remain low as just around 10 percent of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated.

Early indications suggest that Africa’s fourth wave has been steep and brief but no less destabilizing.

The crucial pandemic countermeasure badly needed in Africa still stands, and that is rapidly and significantly increasing COVID-19 vaccinations. The next wave might not be so forgiving. 

“This year should mark a turning point in Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination drive. With vast swaths of the population still unvaccinated, our chances of limiting the emergence and impact of deadly variants are frighteningly slim.

We have the know-how and the tools and with a concerted push we can certainly tip the balance against the pandemic,” Moeti argued.

In countries experiencing a surge in cases, WHO observed that the fast-spreading Omicron variant has become the dominant type.

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The global health body said while it took around four weeks for the Delta variant to surpass the previously dominant Beta, Omicron outpaced Delta within two weeks in the worst-hit African countries.

“So far 30 African countries—and at least 142 globally—have detected the Omicron variant. The Delta variant has been reported in 42 countries in Africa.”

According to Moeti, as of 11 January, there have been 10.2 million COVID-19 cases in Africa. Weekly cases plateaued in the seven days to 9 January from the week before. Southern Africa, which saw a huge increase in infections during the pandemic wave, recorded a 14 percent decline in infections over the past week. South Africa, where Omicron was first reported, saw a 9 percent fall in weekly infections.

“East and Central Africa regions also experienced a drop. However, North and West Africa are witnessing a rise in cases, with North Africa reporting a 121 percent increase this past week compared with the previous one.

“Across the continent, though, deaths rose by 64 percent in the seven days ending on 9 January compared with the week before mainly due to infections among people at high risk. Nonetheless, deaths in the fourth wave are lower than in the previous waves. Hospitalizations have remained low.

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“In South Africa, for instance, around 9 percent of its over 5,600 intensive care unit beds are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients.

“Testing, which is crucial to COVID-19 detection and surveillance—including genomic, rose modestly by 1.6 percent over the past week with over 90 million—mostly polymerase chain reaction (PCR)—tests carried out across the continent. Twenty-three countries recorded a high positivity rate of over 10 percent over the past week.”

She noted that in West Africa where COVID-19 cases are on the rise, the number of Omicron sequences undertaken by countries including Cabo Verde, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal is growing. In Cabo Verde and Nigeria, Omicron is currently the dominant variant.

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