After the COVID-19 pandemic started, we launched our ONE World campaign, calling for the world to come together to create one global response to the pandemic, as a crisis of this scale requires a global response. Of course, in times of crisis, strong leadership is of the utmost importance. COVID-19 is a global crisis that requires a strong, coordinated global response from leaders. Unfortunately, the world hasn’t seen many global leaders step up in the appropriate way. ONE CEO Gayle Smith,...
COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of our global society, and people around the world are feeling these effects. While the fatality rates have disproportionately affected men — the case-fatality ratio (which is “the proportion of individuals diagnosed with a disease and die from that disease”) is 2.4 times higher for men than women — women and girls are among the most vulnerable socially and economically compared to their male counterparts. From being more likely to work in the informal...
Helene Gayle is a US doctor, CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, and the former CEO of CARE. We interviewed her as part of our #PassTheMic series. Here’s some of what she had to say. A coordinated global response to COVID is critical. This is a global pandemic and without global cooperation, we will not be able to have the effect that is so necessary in this ever more interconnected world. COVID has shown us, perhaps more than any other...
When responding to a global crisis, good leaders and leadership is essential. Pandemics and health crises know no borders and can affect entire populations. However, having strong leaders can significantly impact how and how well a country responds. To tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, we need strong leaders, globally and locally. One quality that leaders must possess in order to effectively respond to the crisis is being able to take decisive, urgent action. Urgent decision-making is a fundamental part of being...
“UBUNTU,” is a word from the Xhosa language that loosely translates as “I am because you are.” It’s a word that expresses the solidarity of all people, made famous by Nelson Mandela. As an anti-apartheid revolutionary, the first black president of South Africa, and a philanthropist, he is a symbol of black resistance movements worldwide. That’s why ONE activists have shared their favourite Mandela quotes on social media. From Nigeria to Canada, Mandela’s words inspire young people in their activism...
“Being a young activist means more than just being involved in the present. It’s about claiming a desirable future,” our ONE Global Activist David Reviriego shared. Although there are plenty of adult activists in the world, there are just as many young people working towards achieving a better tomorrow. The future, our future, is in their hands, and International Youth Day celebrates their work. Falling annually on 12 August, International Youth Day is recognized by the United Nations to acknowledge...
In times of crisis, strong leaders are of the utmost importance. We look to our leaders to demonstrate how we should respond to the issues at hand and guide us in the right direction. COVID-19 is a global crisis that requires the attention and efforts from leaders worldwide. However, more than half a year into this pandemic, we are still awaiting strong global leadership. In the past six months, we have seen unimaginable changes to how we live. Countries have...
Congratulations to Nigerian journalist Kiki Mordi for winning the 2020 Michael Elliott Award for African Storytelling! Of the 184 award applicants, Mordi was selected by a distinguished panel of judges for her documentary, “Sex for Grades.” The winning documentary The winning documentary originally ran on BBC Africa in October 2019 and follows Mordi as she went undercover to uncover the sexual harassment that students at universities in Nigeria and Ghana are facing. Her work is the culmination of a nine-month long investigation...