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In an effort to build consensus across the Global African Diaspora around strategies for cooperating and coordinating, CFA collaborates with African Views to facilitate a conference call of Diaspora leaders in the Western Hemisphere, as part of the 2014 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. While time, distance and travel resources have proven to be significant obstacles in the coordination of Diaspora in support of Africa, this effort can bridge the gap, by holding the first of several conference calls of Diaspora leaders around the globe to open and strengthen dialogue.
Synopsis of intent:
To formalize the platform where experts and professionals in Africa and Diaspora can collaborate with their immense intellect, expertise, skills, ideas and other resources necessary to develop and design the optimal solutions for bridging and amplifying the economic and scientific gaps between Africa and the rest of the world.
To form alliance of strength and interest between the Diaspora and Africa, as well as to cultivate a collaborative global communication platform for reliable and well guided intelligence committees that will liaise directly with institutional partners, essential state holders and sovereign authorities on African development issues.
Constituency For Africa (CFA): http://www.cfa-events.org
African Views (AV): http://www.africanviews.org
As requested: here is a list of immediate social and development challenges facing Africa and African Diaspora: http://bit.ly/africanproblems
There is an overarching stereotype about the absence of African men in family and community development. Some claim that African "Black" males have failed to protect their communities while some say African leaders are the ones failing to protect their societies. Is there some validity is this stereotype?
However, history portrays Africa as an organized society where males prided themselves in protecting their communities. This character trait dates as far back as pre-colonial days were men were more socio-politically visible than women and in some societies; even though they deferred some of the sociopolitical roles to women. In those societies, women were allowed to make decisions pertaining to women affairs, but in general, men played various roles as councilmen, elders, and as a matter of fact, as those responsible for guarding the living from the forces of evil.
How do character traits of today's men differ from those of our ancestors? What have we forgotten to remember? Is it good to remember and continue to observe the cultural legacy and behavioral commitments of the ancestors? Is it possible to combine the Afrocentric governance with those of our ancestors? From the look of things, corrupt governments, killings, etc., it appears black leaders have moved too far from the good traditional practices of their ancestors. If this is the case, then who protects black communities? Should those good traditional protective roles be abandoned? Will electoral processes work in black communities, particularly, in Africa? Where do we go from here?
. The program is co-directed and co-produced by African Views.
The Ebola outbreak, which began 9 months ago, has killed nearly 1300 lives in 4 African countries, affected up to 2000 people, shut down borders, and is becoming a threat to local if not national economies. Though ‘The Economists’ reports patchy precautions following Presidency declared state of emergency in these countries, personal testimonies are disclosing their satisfaction at their government’s serious efforts in protecting their citizens.
Special Guest From Liberia Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh
Combining a passion for performance with an acute social consciousness, Miatta Fahnbulleh is helping Liberia’s next generation move out of the shadow of war.
Special Guest From Nigeria
Dr. Katch Ononuju is man of many interests. He is the Managing Director/ Chief Economist at iordinance, which is into economic consultancy, large scale military hardware supply and security consultancy. He is also a Public Affairs Analyst with a doctorate degree from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. Interestingly, he is also a politician and chieftain of the ruling PDP.
See detail here: http://bit.ly/AV-WEN-Ebola
An Angel Goes Home
Old age is such a blessing. But what good is it exactly? Methuselah, they say had lived for thousand years. But what for? Many people around the world shares a sense of loss about the recent passing of Maya Angelou. She had been a significant influence for good in world and shall always remain a pride of the African communities worldwide. Weeks before Dr. Maya Angelou's passing, Dr Ezi Mecha was planning to record a video message about her work relationship with Chinua Achebe. Something she had agreed to do. She had a strong sense of belief in her roots as a guide to the present and the future, and what it means to live a purposeful life.
Pharrell Williams, a brilliant and successful African American music entertainer said in his twitter feed that he is saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing: A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world.” Looking at Dr. Maya's what about her life and her contribution to Africa can we emulate?
A collaborative effort to celebrate Maya Angelou’s life and influence has been arranged to take place at 11a.m. to 1:00p.m on Saturday on the AV Teleforum. We invite all who wish to give tributes and engage in a dialogue about the influence of Maya Angelou – to join this week’s discussion live by phone or Skype as we connect local individuals to the global communities.
Intelligent discussions are no longer taking place in silos. If you have anything to say, here is the power to say it. The world is listening.
Coproduced by African Views and World Ebony Network
Primary dial-in numbers: (760) 283-0850, press 1 to get to the program director
To join by Skype — add: Africanviews (mute your microphone when you call during the show to avoid on air echo, background noises or statics)
Host: Dr. Ezi Mecha
Zambia holds a special place in Africa largely because of the leadership of Kenneth Kaunda, the Lion of Zambia, one of the most respected political leaders in Africa. Kaunda’s legacy includes belief that Zambia could establish a democracy where both Africans and European settlers could live in peace. As such Zambia managed to avoid the racially divisive power struggles that plagued its neighbors, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa. He has also brokered efforts to resolve disputes within and between African nations and was particularly active in the long campaign that led to Zimbabwean independence in 1980. Today Zambia is one of the few African countries that have been multi-racially inclusive of persons of European Origin it is highest Office. Guy Scott was sworn in as Vice President of the Republic of Zambia on 29 September 2011.
Nonetheless, after 3 years in Office, Zambians are becoming frustrated about the administration of Michael Chilufya Sata, the current Zambian president and Patriotic Front party leader. Sata defeated the incumbent Rupiah Bwezani Banda in the 2011 elections with pre-election pledge to deliver a people driven constitution in 100 days after taking office. The recent announcement by the president in defense of his delay on the issue, saying Zambia has a constitution and the country is not in crisis sparked a protest which led to the arrest of More than 40 youth activists for wearing T-shirts saying: "New constitution a must. Release it now!"
Activista and other Zambian youth movement will get a chance to tell the world what a people driven Constitution for Zambia mean and why New constitution a must. Release it now on African Views. Read more
Domestic violence is a term used to characterize a pattern of obvious and subtle hash and brash behaviors resulting into physical and psychological abuses between partners in any types of intimate relationships or other members in a household. Domestic violence can be in a cumulative form of physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse or any other type of control mechanism to coerce another individual perpetually. Consequences of domestic violence vary from anxiety, dismay, social disconnect, fragile mental state, tension, breakdown mental and unpredictable consequences such as illness, homicide or permanent disfigurement.
In 1994, the US Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA"). This Act, and the 1996 additions to the Act, recognizes that domestic violence is a national crime and that federal laws can help an overburdened state and local criminal justice system. Available practical information in the US federal domestic violence laws and penalties and the rights of federal victims can be found here: Federal Domestic Violence Laws http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/documents/federallaws.pdf
How to report domestic violence crime?
What are the federal crimes and penalties?
What qualifies as domestic violence misdemeanor?
What is a a protection order?
Who is an intimate partner?
Can concerns be heard in federal court?
What are Victim’s rights?
Where and how to find help?
Speakers include Chief Police Inspector Katarina Paulsson from Åmål Police in Sweden, and Police Investigator Karpla Karney from Pleebo Police in Liberia and NYPD representative from Domestic Violence Unit. We could sufficiently capture the framework for protection against domestic violence by spanning law enforcement policies across three continents, namely Africa, Europe, and America.
Focus on MDG 4: Reduce child mortality
MDG5: Improve Maternal Health by 2015
Special Guest: Ms. Marion Subah, MSN, CNM, RNC, PNP, FWACN
Ms. Marion Subah, is a fellow of the West Africa College of Nursing (WACN), a Liberian certified nurse midwife, A Maryland state RN, a certified Maternal Child Health Registered Nurse and public health professional with nearly 30 years of experience in health program management, training, and service delivery with focus in maternal, neonatal child health (MNCH) and reproductive health (RH). She has worked for a number of international NGOs, as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), and is also as a clinician providing direct patient services with last full time service delivery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Perinatal Services Department where she received a “Shining Star” Award for establishing the Dimensional Activities Program for Antenatal Patients and trained staff to implement the program. Ms. Subah is currently Jhpiego/Liberia’s country representative, providing management and technical oversight for Jhpiego/Liberia’s portfolio. She concurrently serves as Program Director & Education and Training Advisor on the Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) project, a USAID funded Project of the MOHSW, led by JSI and she manages the MNCH, mental health, and RH / family planning (FP) components. Read more
The diversity of African people is defined by their uniqueness, which is one of their most important characteristics as a people. In the US, Black or African American is one category. Together they comprise approximately 14% of the population in the United States. One would expect synergy from the various groups that constitute the Black society in America. This includes Black immigrants from Africa, South America, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and African Americans. Current reality as revealed by pundits and mere public observation show that relating to one another in their respective communities is a common challenge.
The existing conflicts are both recent and antiquity based myths such as claims that African Americans don't like Black immigrants because they are reaping the benefit of their struggles for freedom with disregard for the experience of slavery while Black immigrants are said to think that African Americans are aloof of the opportunity of their circumstances. Other myths include the Willie Lynch’s effect and conspiracy theory of who might have been responsible for slave trade.
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This past Friday, May 23rd, a massacre occurred, sparking a debate on women’s rights. The massacre was committed by a twenty-two year old man who, before committing suicide, murdered six people. The shooter had been planning this killing for almost a year in his “war against women.” Before the shootings he had left a YouTube video entitled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution” and a hundred and forty-one page manifesto stating that, "I'm twenty-two years old and still a virgin, never even kissed a girl. And through college, two and a half years, more than that actually, I'm still a virgin. It has been very torturous. The popular kids, you never accepted me and now you will all pay for it. Girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, be loved by you. I wanted a girlfriend. I wanted sex, love, affection, adoration.” He also then killed three of his roommates by stabbing them to death. During the massacre the shooter purposefully targeted the Alpha Phi sorority house at University of California at Santa Barbara; fatally shooting two women standing outside the house. He then went on a rampage killing another man and then finally himself after injuring thirteen others.
His reason for this premeditated massacre was that a girl in the seventh grade of middle school rejected him. The ripple effect of rejection is toxic to the whole society and we should begin to have the discussion on how to educate ourselves, especially young people on how to understand and better manage impulsive emotion triggered by rejection.
THIS WEEK’S TOPIC : “ Women Hold up more than half the world”
Focus on MDG 3 :Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG5 : Improve Maternal Health
Special Guest : Sean S Tedjarati MD, MPH, MBA (c)
Dr. Tedjarati is the Chief & Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology & Robotic Surgery at New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center. He is actively involved in clinical research and serves as the principal investigator for the GOG, a research arm of the NCI at NYMC/WCMC. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards. He has been selected as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals
He has a strong interest in international and public health. He has volunteered extensively around the world including Africa, Central and South America, China, Vietnam and other developing nations in addressing the issue of women’s health and their rights. He has lectured extensively on area of international health with emphasis on women’s health as the nucleus of community development and empowerment. His other area of interest is healthcare disparities in minority populations and women’s rights. His focus is on a comprehensive approach to women’s development internationally as health being a gateway to a more sustainable approach to addressing other factors such as economic prowess, education development along with strong emphasis on policies that will change the environment that facilitate and foster a real and lasting change in women’s lives in developing nations.
Recent killings in black communities worldwide, especially in South Sudan, reveal black on black crime is becoming a nuisance even in our backyards here in America and in 2014, "the death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring central African Republic combatants in Muslim vs Christian battles have reported a significant amount of children casualties). The articles say that "compared to decades past, Africa and its people are suffering from fewer conflicts today, but several recent outbreaks are cause for concern" and I say "were people of African ancestry always like this? What happened to Ubuntu, or peace chants of the African people? Or could it have been the case of who gave these people the ammunition and weapons of mass destruction and these weapons ending up in the wrong hands? We know women have played a huge role in bringing solutions, such as the Aba women riot in 1929. However, could the approach they used be considered peaceful? Should it be used today or should explore other traditional practices used?
We believe certain African traditional practices can be applied in our communities today and used to deal with conflicts today .i.e., Bokom-Haram, South Sudan situations. Black on Black crime in America, African American and Black immigrant relationships, relationships among our kind here in America. What do you think?
(Stimulating desire and moving motions to eliminate of all forms of discrimination and racial conflicts from modern societies as examples for all other groups and societies)
Come Celebrate With Us on May 21 at 12PM EST as we come together to celebrate World Cultural Diversity Day with friends, artists, musicians, poets, writers, journalists, actors, activists, scholars, and others by sharing our unique cultural identity, inspirations and experiences on the AV Social media Teleforum Radio program.
This year’s program is an International collaboration of likeminded activists in Behavioral and psychosocial and Humanities. People will come together to have a global dialogue on the desire and motion to eliminate of all forms of discrimination and racial conflicts from modern societies through a simple gesture of appreciating the beauty of our uniqueness and celebrating our differences with our arts and talents.
We invite likeminded persons to share a story, a poem, a song, a music piece or narrative about challenges and triumphs and overcoming the adversity of human right abuses all over the world.
What you share becomes a gift to the world, where others can draw strength and learn to contribute to our collective effort in making the world a much better home for all.
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