African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

NGO Launches a Book on HIV/AIDS

The association of Vulnerable Widows Infected and Affected by HIV/AIDs (AWAIS) has launched a 64-page book sharing insights on the disease.
The book, of which 500 copies released so far, is a result of a survey conducted in partnership with National AIDS Control Commission (NDCC) and Rwandan Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (RRP).

Call for Rwanda to Respect Rights

Amnesty International (AI) has called on Rwanda to take steps to reverse a climate of fear that is looming over next week's presidential election.

In a press statement, AI’s deputy director for Africa programme, Tawanda Hondora, points out that in recent months killings, arrests and the closure of newspapers and broadcasters have reinforced a climate of fear.

HRW Criticises Rwanda's Insecurity and Repression

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that insecurity and political repression are increasing in advance of Rwanda's August 2010 presidential elections.

HRW Africa director, Rona Peligal, points out that the security situation is rapidly deteriorating, adding that with only 45 days left before the election, the government is lashing out to silence its opponents and critics.

NGO Trains 1 500 Entrepreneurs

Junior Chamber International (JCI), a global agency with a chapter in Rwanda, has trained over 1 500 entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses in the last eight months.

JCI Rwanda's incoming president, Fabrice Ngoga, says that the agency will continue partnering in the country's development especially through empowering young people with skills to do business.

"We have a mandate of changing lives, we are happy with the activities in the past year and JCI will continue reaching out and impacting people," argues Ngoga.

Rwandan Govt, NGO Discuss Children’s Rights

The Rwandan minister of gender and family promotion, Jean d'Arc Mujawamariya, has urged the civil society organisations (CSOs) to be vigilant and identify loopholes in the Child Act by promoting and advocating for the protection of children's rights.

Mujawamariya says that the government of Rwanda had many achievements in terms of domestication and implementation of the African charter on the rights and welfare of the children.

Dutch Aid Policy Criticised

Rwandan lawmakers have criticised the Dutch government's aid policy that mainly looks at funding NGOs and commits a small portion to direct budget support.

The members of parliament (MPs) say such money that is sent to NGOs is normally unaccounted and could be missued by the beneficiaries.

Human Rights Monitoring Training for Youth

The Rwandan NGO, Assist Rwanda, says human rights need regular enforcement if societies are to embrace sustainable peace.

Addressing a group of youth trained to monitor and evaluate mediators, prisons and Travaux performances across the country, Assist Rwanda national director, Emmanuel Shamakokera, urged the youth to visit the rural areas and make residents understand their rights and how to fight for and safeguard them.


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