African nations this week pledged to eradicate child and forced marriage in the region at the African Union Summit, according to African Union Goodwill Ambassador to End Child Marriage Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda.
Goodwill Ambassador Gumbonzvanda announced this political commitment to eradicate child, early and forced marriages at a panel event at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday hosted by state delegations, UN agencies and NGOs including the African Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, UNFPA, WHO and the governments of Sierra Leone, Italy, Belgium, and Uruguay.
In 2013, the U.N. Human Rights Council—principal body at the UN that promotes and protects human rights for all—adopted a procedural resolution dedicated to ending child marriage. The event this week called for the Human Rights Council to adopt a substantive resolution that recognizes the human rights implications of child, early and forced marriage, and encourage states to use their national and regional experience, to influence and promote the strongest possible inclusion of language addressing CEFM within a comprehensive human rights based approach
“The illegal and unconscionable practice of child and forced marriage has been ignored by too many governments for far too long, violating the human rights of countless young girls and women across the globe,” said Rebecca Brown, global advocacy director at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Today’s action by the African Union echoes the many U.N. resolutions and regional initiatives developed to end child marriage, and it is an important and positive step toward change. It’s time governments fulfill their promises and take the necessary next steps to ensure these policies are implemented and enforced.”
During the panel event, Melissa Upreti, regional director for Asia at the Center, discussed how South Asia is making strides to end child marriage. Last year the government of Nepal hosted a convening on using the law to end child marriage, particularly focusing on the need for legal accountability for child marriage. Ms. Upreti also introduced the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), which has led the development of a regional action plan to end child marriage that reflects the commitment of all eight South Asian states to take steps to end child marriage as a matter of human rights from 2015-2018.
In 2013 the Center issued the report Child Marriage in South Asia: Stop the Impunity examining the consequences of child marriage, which subject girls to serious crimes, including domestic violence and marital rape, placing their reproductive health and lives at serious risk. The report questions the failure of governments to prevent and prosecute cases of child marriage. Since the launch of the report, the Center has supported the efforts of SAIEVAC, in building a regional commitment to end child marriage and applauds the progress being made under the leadership of SAIEVAC to promote stronger legal accountability to end child marriage in the region.
The Center has played a part in some of the most important advances in reproductive rights worldwide. At the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Center secured historic financial reparations for the family of a young Brazilian woman who died from preventable pregnancy complications—the first time an international human rights decision named maternal health a human rights. And at the European Court of Human Rights, the Center called upon Poland to ensure adolescents’ reproductive rights after access to a legal abortion for a rape survivor was repeatedly obstructed.
A new list compiled by Forbes Africa has set out to prove that age is no barrier to success, profiling thirty top entrepreneurs on the continent who have yet to reach that milestone.
They range from tech startups to medical solutions; food production to the media. Despite their diverse backgrounds they all share one thing in common: the drive and vision to succeed in the booming African market.
Alain Nteff, developer of the Gifted Mom app and recent winner of the Queen's Young Leaders Award heads the list alongside serial entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane and air ambulance pioneer Olamide Orekunrin all make an appearance in the roundup.
Speaking on how young minds are transforming the continent, Nigeria-based Orekunrin, 29, says: "Africa desperately needs more entrepreneurs.
"I think it's important that Forbes has decided to bring its global brand to the continent and that it's showcasing African entrepreneurship."
What makes an entrepreneur?
South African Bheki Kunene, 27, founder of Mind Trix Media, sought autonomy as the end goal of his entrepreneurship. Running a business, he says, allowed him to have "dominion over all aspects of [his] life."
Similarly, internet supplier Rupert Bryant, 29,says "challenging the status quo" and a strict sense of independence was integral to his success.
However Byrant, who dropped out of school at 14 to start his first web development company, says no entrepreneur makes it entirely on their own. He admits to having been "very lucky to always have exceptional people around me to inspire, guide and motivate me."
But being a top businessmind means thinking outside of the box -- and beyond your own country's borders.
Clinton Mutambo, 25, has set up a digital hub for intra-African trade. Called Esaja, the site allows suppliers and buyers from the continent to come together in a virtual borderless economy.
Drawing on his upbringing in an economically turbulent Zimbabwe, he realized the businesses "that survived were ultimately those that hmeet Africa's top entrepreneurs under 30ad embraced seemingly less attractive African markets." Mutambo, therefore, sought to open up such markets.
"The recognition by Forbes Africa," he says, "is a humbling experience."
Click through the gallery above to read more about the continent's top entrepreneurs.
African hair stylist Wachen Celia Lawrence, owner of Unique Hair Braiding, offers a unique hairstyle that grows hair: Guaranteed with quality.
Unique Hair Braiding, which has been around for 12 years, is now extending its services throughout the Sacramento community and elsewhere. Services such as Western wig, African braids and all kinds of braiding services are part of their daily hair design and style that they currently offer—and so as other hair services.
Wachen Celia Lawrence, owner of Unique Hair Braiding, has been in the hair business for more than 15 years. She first started during professional hair braiding at the age of 15. Her first business was called Wachen African Hair Braiding. However, the name was changed to Unique Hair Braiding as of now.
The name Unique Hair Braiding says it all. They specialize in all types of hair design and style, such as Corn Row, Twisters, Wigs (All kinds), Inter-lot, French Braids, Lots and many more services. Also, they guarantee that their unique hair services grow hairs. “I’ve done my hair with the same business for 5 years and now my hair has grown,” a longtime Unique Hair Braiding’s customer testified. from
As early as this year, Unique Hair Braiding has built its client network, including client from all nationalities and origins. They promise to even extend their client’s network to almost all parts of California. “We are willing to come to our valued client’s resident, but with a little charge,” the owner says. “Our client is our number one priority,” the owner added.
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Pull the plug entertainment presents the “African Mechanic,” a comedy cut series that will make you laugh, harder. The film was directed by Meshach Williams aka P.Chase.
Why open a mechanic shop if you don’t have patience to hear customers’ complaints?
In a short comedy cut series produced and filmed by Pull the Plug Entertainment, an unsatisfied American customer experienced harsh words and strong African ascents from two African Mechanics. And the unsatisfied customer’s simple complaints turned into a huge dispute that made one of the African mechanic to grab his cutlass for that customer, who fled for his life. Please enjoy the video below.
Gus Chulu, played the African mechanic, and he was the worker; and Thomas Williams, the other African mechanic, was the boss. The unsatisfied customer was played by comedian David Alexander. The film was directed by P.Chase, the CEO and founder of Pull the Plug Entertainment. Vist PULLTHEPLUGENT.COM.
The old saying goes: "Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done." Even most men nod in agreement with that proverb yet women often go one better: they feel guilty on top of it all. They always have a vague sense that if they were just a little more organized, they could fit in at least two or three more projects.
An initial reading of Proverbs 31, "The Excellent Wife" scripture, confirms what they have known all along - they aren't HER by any stretch of the imagination. After all, when does this woman sleep? "She rises also while it is still night" (Proverbs 31:15) and "Her lamp does not go out at night." (Verse 17)
There is so much activity packed into these twenty two verses, no wonder the first verse wonders: "An excellent wife, who can find?" Is this for real? Is this what is expected of a godly woman? Was there a man back in those Old Testament days who could boast of actually having a Proverbs 31 wife or was the writer indulging in wishful thinking?
Value for Today?
Does Proverbs 31 have anything of value to say to women of the second millennium? YES. These verses can actually provide encouragement rather than self flagellation. Starting with this: our Old Testament sister was quite modern herself.
I've often heard women try to emulate this "superhero" by taking up hand work such as embroidery ("she works with her hands in delight") and sew their own clothes ("And her hands grasp the spindle") and grow their own food ("she plants a vineyard") and squeeze it all in around a full time job and raising children.
But what about this: she made and invested her own money ("She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.") She was an entrepreneur ("And supplies belts to the tradesmen.") She was independent and self confident ("She senses that her gain is good.") How is that so different from thousands of career women living all over the world right now?
If a man expects a woman [Mother or Wife] to be an angel in his life, he much first create Heaven for her. Angels don't life in Hell.
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Truthfully, in order to produce needed hope and encouragement, we need to catch the spirit of the Proverbs 31 woman instead of her workload. Trying to replicate all that she did will only produce an impossible treadmill and too many are already on one. So what is the heart of this excellent woman?
The Heart of the Matter
The Proverbs 31 woman appears not to be burdened with the guilt which many superwomen today can't seem to escape. Is that because she was on top of everything; being so perfect and all? I think instead it is because she had a sense of her purpose and truly enjoyed fulfilling it. That's why she could "smile at the future." (Verse 25) People who do what they love or what they feel called to do, usually feel more exhilarated than tired at the end of a long day.
Yes, but what about women who aren't doing what they love? Fine if you have an exciting career but what if you are doing what you HAVE to do in order to survive? There is a deeper career for each of us - no exceptions, than any life circumstance we may have. It is the call and purpose of God. Find it no matter what you do daily and you find a key to the spirit of Proverbs 31.
Here's another insight into the success of this godly woman which all can follow without overload: she was trustworthy. That worked to her advantage, producing favor in all her relationships which in turn increased her satisfaction with life. Who doesn't want to hear: "Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her." (Verse 28) That sure goes a long way in relieving the burden of the maxim "but woman's work is never done."
Also, as mentioned before, our sister had confidence because she was competent. Her high self esteem was rooted in excellence. You don't have to do it all but in whatever you do, let it be with a desire for excellence. Confidence goes a long way in contributing to a fruitful satisfying life in which "her works praise her in the gates". (Verse 31)
There are many Proverbs 31 women living the good life today and it is not because they are slaves to their husbands and children. Nor is it because they desperately struggle being the superwomen our culture seems to expect.
This worthy woman from the book of Proverbs was not, in fact, an old fashioned chauvinistic anachronism. Rather, if we get to the heart of the matter, she might be considered a forerunner for our time.
"An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, she does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax, and works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night, and gives food to her household, and portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor; and she stretches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 'Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.' Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates."
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