I Decide – give African women and girls access to contraception

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first_imgMaking contraception available to 200 million women who want access remains a controversial issue. (Image: DFID) International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region +254(20)2720 280 info@ippfaro.org • The fight to stop teenage pregnancy • Mama puts power in mom’s hands • Taking the risk out of giving birth • Sanitary pad project gives poor and rural girls dignity • Yvonne urges women to aim high Sulaiman PhilipOn the sidelines of the recently concluded US-Africa summit in Washington DC, American First Lady Michelle Obama met the spouses of the visiting heads of state. Obama highlighted the importance of extending to women the rights that men take for granted. She expressed the belief that famine and disease would be checked only if women – and girls – were given full access to education.“Until we value women and girls, we won’t tackle those other problems. Until we prioritise our girls and understand that they are as important and that their education is as important as the education of our sons, then we will have lots of work to do,” Obama said.Beyond education, on a continent where young girls are often kept uneducated – there are 30 million African girls without access to basic education – and rape is used as a weapon of war, access to contraception is just as important. ‘I Decide’, a campaign of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has as its goal the universal availability of education and information about family planning, as well as access to safe abortion. IPPF wants sexual and reproductive rights to be included in the targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire next year.The aim is to get 1 000 000 people to attach their signatures to its call to provide access to the 220 million women in the developing world who are denied contraception because of poverty or traditional beliefs about a women’s role. By 2020, the IPPF wants all women to be guaranteed the right to make decisions over their own bodies. Mama Africa sings itYvonne Chaka Chaka is one many women’s rights campaigners who have pledged support for the campaign. In a recent opinion piece she wrote: “Investing in reproductive health is a no-brainer – it benefits individuals, communities, governments, businesses and economies alike. I think it’s time that women and girls had a chance to decide for themselves. Part of the campaign is urging world leaders to put sexual and reproductive health and rights at the heart of global development.”In Dakar, the imams call it family spacing, arguing that what is good for the woman is good for society. In Uganda, HIV-positive mother of seven Sarah Arawo would like to not have any more children; but she fears her husband’s anger if she starts using any form of contraception.African women eager to prevent or space pregnancies face the nightmare of a chronic lack of female reproductive health services and taboos around sexuality. Close to half of the births in Africa are unwanted and there were almost 6 million abortions on the continent in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available. Of those, just 3% were done in medical facilities.According to the World Health Organization, one in 26 African women dies from a maternity-related cause; in Europe the number is one in 9 400. In developed countries, 62% of women use some form of contraception, while the number in Africa has hovered around 43% for the last decade. The gap between contraception use in high and low economic sectors in Africa is even more marked – 52% versus 35%. Young mothers like Edith Amos, 18, deserves the opportunity to determine their own future. Contraceptives give the world’s poorest women the power to decide if and when to have another child. (Image: DFID)  Unmet needsIn Uganda, 41% of women who want access to contraception fail to get it. The unmet need in Rwanda is 38% of women; Kenya’s is 25%. On average, African women give birth to seven children, which puts a strain on resources in countries that cannot afford them. Dr Moses Muwonge of Uganda’s Ministry of Health warned that the country would continue to fail its women if more resources – money – were not found. “Uganda’s contribution towards funding family planning is negligible. It is less than 5%. Unless donors increase funding, it might not be easy for the country to meet the unmet needs.”In 2012, Melinda Gates pledged a billion dollars towards making affordable lifesaving contraceptive health services available to 120 million women by 2020. This followed her visit to Africa where she heard stories of desperate women unable to get even the most basic contraceptives. “I heard stories of women who snuck away from their husbands to obtain birth control shots at a local clinic, only to be turned away as the clinic had run out of the product. My goal is to get [family planning and birth control] back on the global agenda,” the philanthropist told Newsweek. Pushed by the conservative religious right, the US, the largest donor of health funding to Africa, has been cutting funds to programmes that have been beneficial to women. NGOs that distribute condoms or teach sex education beyond abstinence have seen funding dry up. In 2012, there was a 48% increase in the number of abortions performed in Kenya, where the abstinence movement is active, spurred on by Roman Catholic bishops who counsel against believing in questionable statistics designed to scare them into accepting legalised abortion.While religious leaders – Christian and Muslim especially – argue against contraception, some national governments are waking up to the importance of giving women a choice. Nigeria’s population will exceed 240 million by 2050, and most of that population is likely to be poverty stricken. In a nation where the biblical edict to be fruitful and multiply is taken literally, any talk of contraception faces opposition. But President Goodluck Jonathan has come out in support of birth control because of concerns about over-population and poverty.“We are extremely religious people. It is a very sensitive thing, a difficult thing for you to tell any Nigerian to number their children because it is not expected to reject God’s gifts,” Jonathan has written. Education is powerEducating African girls has in it the power to change the continent. The 16 million young girls kept from school to be wives or cheap labour could one day be Africa’s leaders and entrepreneurs. Families too poor to educate their daughters keep tomorrow’s mothers and caregivers in a cycle of poverty that is difficult to escape. Educated girls become women who earn more, delay marriage and have fewer children. They have healthier children and are able to raise themselves and their families out of poverty. The increased number of educated African women – who have become business and political leaders – have helped to grow the economies of the continent and liberalised the political landscape.Along with educational funding for girls, Michelle Obama urged the spouses of Africa’s leaders to recognise their own power. She appealed to them to begin building their own legacies, separate from their husbands. “We have to fight for our girls, the rest will follow.”She reminded the women that their time on Earth was short; that they could give African girls the opportunities they had. To laughter she ended: “And remember, women are smarter than men.”last_img read more


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first_imgTags:#IoT and web development#IOT Impacts IoT has not only made lives more comfortable, but it has also brought opportunities for developers to create more innovative applications. Here is a list of considerations while creating interactive web solutions with IoT integration.Speed MeasurabilityThe traditional process of request analysis by web servers is replaced with the cloud data transmission process. It proves to be more productive and faster.Privacy and SecurityIoT connected devices are prone to be hacked. Thus to maintain the security, web developers need to adopt a more strict design pattern for the connected devices. This, after all, will ensure the security feature of the web app.Power ManagementThe programs running in the back end tend to drain a lot of battery which may result in less communication. So it is essential for the web developers to design a layout that will minimize power usage.  There has to be a power management plan in place before going ahead with web development. Professional SEO services are capable of managing both things. Dynamic UIThe involvement of IoT in UI is nothing new but the role and responsibility of the web app developer are going to rise with the development trends. The developers will have to rethink their approach towards development. They have to follow practices keeping in mind the new IoT- based designs.Architecting the Future of Web developmentThere are many impactful factors of IoT on web development. It is difficult to judge how much more will IoT impact this arena of technology. But it looks like the combination of  IoT and web development is far more convincing in the web development and will reap benefits to the end users. Related Posts Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Follow the Puck AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagecenter_img ATMs, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Self-driving cars and more are part of a list of devices using IoT is endless. The concept of IoT began years ago; we just didn’t use the term IoT. Kevin Ashton is credited with being the first to coin the phrase Internet of Things (IoT) in 1999.The Internet Of Things (IoT) is any device having the ability to transmit and collect data over the internet without any human interaction. ATM machines are one of the best examples — coming out in 1969 — they can give you a picture of the actual meaning. The ATM device is connected to the Internet 24/7 and displays personalized information on the screen which is collected from the internet. Connected technology rise (IoT) is bringing waves at Intel, Microsoft, and SAP but also at some unexpected places like kitchens, playing ground, gardens and more. IoT development services are now so popular that soon it will be as ubiquitous as smartphones.When we try to set up a connection between the Internet Of Things (IoT) and Web development, we wonder, what’s the bottom-line of the link?The answer is, there is a connection and will always be a connection. Because web development includes the two central part: Front end development and Back-end development which requires a seamless connection for data transfer. The complex IoT networks raise the bar and set new challenges every day for the web developers. Read further to know how these IoT implementations will impact web development. Ever wondered on what does the internet networks that respond to the users rely on?  The answer is, they rely on web servers. The collected data is stored on the cloud, and the interaction takes place with the help of the user interface. Virtual assistants like Amazon’s Echo, Alexa can display the web content apart from smart TVs, laptops, and wearables. How is IoT affecting the landscape of Web development?Business enterprises want to give their customers a more personalized and customized service such as IoT services in the USA. The ultimate IoT aim is to satisfy a customer’s and make their enterprises successful.            The IoT aim is to satisfy customer’s and make their enterprises successful.Due to IoT evolvement, enterprises can use a combination of wireless technologies and sensors to serve the customers better. Understanding the customer’s demographics using sensors, enterprises can help people control not only their appliances — but their health. Millennials are lucky that they will have to expend less effort in performing tasks, as simple as operating lights that they will be able to gain massive amounts of time. The extra available timeframes will provide the opportunity to contribute a vast amount in productivity to shape the future efficiently and effectively. The deep dive of IoT impact.The web development process is going to become a bit more complicated with the proliferation of IoT.  Front-end interface like cameras and sensors are going to communicate with the users and on the other end. The back-end will store the accessible information.                                   Some estimates on how big the IoT impact will be.Once the connection is fixed appropriately using the IoT devices, the pages will load quickly, and there will be no delay in the transmission. With IoT, involvement businesses in the IoT industry would need the right set of talent and skills in the development team. Some of the strategies are mentioned here using which they can clear the barrier. On-the-go development optimization.IoT learning is evolving and is not likely to stop any time soon. Web development companies to monitor and train their developers to optimize the site. Site optimization is the only way by which companies will stay relevant in their industry — and can remain in the running race.Overcome coding challenges.Coding standards exist but are not constant across the web. Web development companies struggle every day to match the rapidly changing coding standards. A web development company should design a strategy to handle the ever-changing and updating coding challenges required. Team leaders should know the coding standards and disciplines so that they can impart the knowledge to the team members more rapidly saving essential timeframes.Acquire the right talent and realize the requirement. It has now become essential to prioritize and define the level of expertise needed for web development. Once the requirements are in hands, it would be much easy for the organization to find the right talent and design an inventory.                                                             Key Requirements of the Future IoT Architectures. 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first_imgCulture is made up of what your company is on the inside. It is critical that what you are on the inside is different than what is outside.Outside: Outside, your people are bombarded daily with negative messages. The news and their social feeds are predominantly negative. Your people are continually barraged with news stories designed to create fear and angst and unrest. The talk of recessions persists years after a recession ended. Stories of loss open every newscast, regardless of medium.Inside: You have to have a message that inoculates the people you lead from negativity. Your message has to be optimistic and future-oriented. Inside has to be a place where people feel safer than they feel on the outside. Hope, promise, and possibility needs to live inside your four walls.Outside: Your people are told that they’re not good enough, that they are somehow broken. They are told that they can’t be more, do more, have more, or contribute more. They are messaged by marketers in ways that drive them to feel as if they are inadequate and incomplete.Inside: Inside, you must have a message to contradict and counteract these infections. A leader sees something in the individuals they lead that they don’t see in themselves, and makes it visible. They see something in a team that the team doesn’t see and brings it to light. A leader sees something in a company that the organization can’t yet see, not only making it visible, making it possible.It has to better inside your company than it is outside. You have to create greater certainty and greater psychological safety. You have to create a sense of community and belonging that no longer exists in neighborhoods. You have to help enable a sense of meaning and purpose that some of your people won’t bring with them, and many won’t find outside.No one knows if Drucker really said “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If he didn’t, I believe he would support the statement—and its ramifications for leaders. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


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first_imgSama Shabir Shah, daughter of incarcerated separatist leader Shabir Shah, has topped the CBSE Class 12 results in Jammu and Kashmir, securing 97.8% marks.Sama is a student of Delhi Public School, Athwajan in Srinagar. “I attribute my success to the guidance of my father. My father who is in the Tihar jail is yet to hear the news though. It has been tough times,” said Sama.Dr. Bilquees Shah, wife of the separatist leader, said, “My two daughters were often disturbed by my repeated appearances before the Enforcement Directorate officials in New Delhi. Despite huge physical and psychological disturbances, my daughter worked hard and passed the examination with a distinction.”Congratulating Sama Shabir on her success, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “Her hardwork and determination has helped her overcome all odds. She is truly an inspiration for the youth of our State.”Shabir Shah was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 25 last year in connection with a money laundering case.last_img read more


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first_imgThe disparaging remarks by senior State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and Ministers in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet over Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s political debut led to controversy on Friday with leaders across party lines condemning them. Reacting to Ms. Gandhi Vadra being appointed Congress general secretary Senior State BJP leader and Minister of the Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) Vinod Narayan Jha had told a private news channel: “Except for being beautiful, I see no other quality that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may be credited with. Nature has showered its bounty on her but the Congress should remember that beauty does not garner votes. She may be of 37-38 or even 44 years old but she is a political novice.”Earlier, on Thursday, senior State BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, too, had made similar disparaging remarks on Ms. Gandhi Vadra’s official entry into politics. He tweeted: “If the Congress wants to exult over the induction of a woman with a tainted life partner, congratulations to them…Priyanka’s businessman husband’s irregular land transactions are spread over two states and he is facing probes.”Referring to Ms. Gandhi-Vadra’s face resembling that of her grandmother, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Mr. Sushil Modi further tweeted, “If a person could become as capable as someone else merely by resembling him or her, by now we would have many more Amitabh Bachchans and Virat Kohlis. Duplicates do not work in politics. Priyanka might resemble Indira but there is a big difference.”Leaders across party lines demanded the removal of Vinod Narayan Jha from the Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet and his expulsion from the BJP. “Mr Jha has displayed a perverse attitude towards women and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should immediately remove him from the Cabinet. We also expect the BJP would expel him from the party,” said State Congress leaders Prem Chandra Mishra and Kaukab Quadri. Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Tejashwi Yadav criticised the CM: “Nitish Kumar is running an institute where he trains to abuse and makes excuses…his Cabinet Ministers and spokespersons are trained there.”However, ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and former State Congress president Ashok Choudhury said, “We cannot approve of such remarks…Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has her own aura which may or may not bring desired results in the elections…but the way she has been spoken about does not appear proper.” Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, too, said that CM Nitish Kumar, “should immediately sack this Minister [Jha].”last_img read more


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first_imgAssam Civil Service officer Hitesh Dev Sarma has been appointed as the new State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He has replaced Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who ensured publication of the final version of register on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.Mr. Hajela was transferred to his home State Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court on October 18. He will relinquish charge as the NRC State Coordinator on November 11.Inter-cadre deputation Following the apex court’s order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for inter-cadre deputation of Mr. Hajela from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years, official sources said. The Assam government had also written to the DoPT stating that it did not have any objection to the transfer.NRC experience Until his new assignment, Mr. Sarma was the Secretary of the Urban Development and Finance departments. He had also handled the NRC exercise during its initial stages five years ago.Mr. Sarma has his task cut out as those who have been excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.The updated final NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of Assam, left out over 1.9 million applicants.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more