To commemorate World Refugee Day, ONE celebrates five powerful women who were once refugees but who over came various challenges and today stand as beacons of hope to many people all over the world.
Girls and Women
“Do not complain, never whine, make every effort to change the things you do not like, and do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.” - Maya Angelou My name is Arafa Salim Said, I am the fourth child in a family of seven. I was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at the tender age of eight months and I have been an outright warrior ever since. Sickle cell disease is a severe hereditary form of anaemia which mutates haemoglobin...
The highlight of my weekend was watching a 200-strong crowd shout in unison: Poverty is Sexist. We were gathered on International Women’s Day to launch ONE’s new campaign in the presence of government and UN officials, action/2015 partners, celebrities, the media and over 200 ONE supporters at Indaba Conference Centre in Johannesburg.
This week in Addis Ababa, I attended Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC)’s pre-AU Summit Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming Gender in the African Union and its Member States. This year, gender issues are not only being streamlined in the key policy processes on the continent – they are the priority.