[:en]The First Lady of Malawi, Madame Gertrude Mutharika, became the latest member to join the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment’s High-Level Group. Madame Mutharika joins the High-Level Group, composed of prominent leaders from the Eastern and Southern Africa region who oversee the implementation of the ESA commitment. The ESA Commitment was endorsed on 7 December 2013 by Ministers of Education and Health who have committed to the scale-up delivery of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people across the region.

This Commitment will help to address the many challenges facing young people in the region. For example, more than 35 percent of young women have experienced some form of sexual violence at some point in their lives. In addition, HIV infections continue to be an urgent issue with an estimated 430,000 new infections every year among young people aged 15 to 24.

Speaking on behalf of the High-Level Group, Mama Salma Kikwete, First Lady of Tanzania, congratulated and welcomed the newest member, Madame Mutharika: “I am confident that working together as First Ladies, we will make a meaningful contribution to positive health outcomes for our young people. We congratulate her on the appointment.”

Speaking at an official dinner that took place at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Malawi, Mr. Mahimbo Mdoe, Acting UN Resident Coordinator of Malawi and UNICEF Representative said, “we know that more needs to be done to end child marriage, to ensure girls stay in school, to stop teenage pregnancies, to stop STI and HIV infections and to ensure that boys and girls have the information and services that they require to be healthy, empowered citizens in their communities”. He also acknowledged the presence of the Ministers of Gender from the SADC region and stressed the need for all sectors to work together to attain the ESA Commitment targets.

Accepting the honor, Madame Mutharika said, “the endorsement of the ESA Commitment came at a critical moment in the region and will provide the momentum needed to address the education and health needs of our future generation. I commit myself to work with the High-Level Group to ensure that our region’s adolescents and young people are ready for today and tomorrow.”[:pt]A Primeira Dama do Malawi, a Madame Gertrude Mutharika, é o membro mais recente a juntar-se ao Grupo de Alto Nível do Compromisso da África Oriental e Austral (AOA). A Madame Mutharika junta-se ao Grupo de Alto Nível, composto por líderes da região da África Oriental e Austral que orienta a implementação do compromisso da AOA. O compromisso da AOA foi endossado a 7 de dezembro de 2013 pelos Ministérios da Educação e da Saúde que se comprometeram a ampliar a educação sexual compreensiva e os serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva para adolescentes e pessoas jovens por toda a região.

Este Compromisso ajudará a abordar muitos desafios que os jovens enfrentam na região. Por exemplo, mais de 35 por cento das mulheres tiveram de alguma forma, experiências de violência sexual em determinado ponto das suas vidas. Além disso, as infeções de VIH continuam a ser um problema urgente com um estimado número de 430,000 novas infeções entre pessoas jovens com idades compreendidas entre idades 15 e 24 todos os anos.

Falando em nome do Grupo de Alto Nível, Mama Salma Kikwete, a Primeira Dama da Tanzânia, congratulou e deu as bem-vindas ao mais novo membro, a Madame Mutharika: “Estou confiante que trabalhando juntas como Primeiras Damas, contribuiremos significativamente para um resultado positivo de saúde para os nossos jovens. Congratulamo-la pela sua nomeação”.

Falando num jantar oficial que teve lugar no Golden Peacok Hotel no Malawi, o Sr. Mahimbo Mdoe, na qualidade de Coordenador Residente da UN no Malawi e Representante da UNICEF disse, “sabemos que é preciso fazer mais para acabar com o casamento infantil, para assegurar que as raparigas fiquem na escola, para acabar com as gravidezes na adolescência, para acabar com as infeções de VIH e DST e para assegurar que rapazes e raparigas tenham as informações e os serviços que precisam para serem saudáveis, cidadãos capacitados nas suas comunidades”. Também reconheceu a presença dos Ministérios do Género da região da SADC e salientou a necessidade de todos os setores trabalharem juntos para alcançar os objetivos do Compromisso da AOA.

Aceitando a honra, a Madame Mutharika disse, “O apoio do Compromisso da AOA chegou num momento grave na região e proporcionara o momentum necessário para abordar as necessidades de educação e de saúde para a nossa geração futura. Comprometo-me a trabalhar com o Grupo de Alto Nível para assegurar que os adolescentes e jovens da nossa região se encontrem preparados para hoje e par amanha”.[:fr]La Première Dame du Malawi, Mme Gertrude Mutharika, est devenue le dernier membre à rejoindre le Groupe de haut niveau de l’Engagement de l’Afrique Orientale et Australe (AOA). Mme Mutharika a rejoint le groupe de haut niveau, composé de dirigeants de premier plan de la région de l’Afrique Orientale et Australe qui supervise la mise en œuvre de l’Engagement de l’AOA. Cet engagement a été approuvé, le 7 Décembre 2013, par les ministres de l’Éducation et de la Santé qui se sont engagés à intensifier les services d’éducation de la sexualité et les services de santé sexuelle et reproductive des adolescents et des jeunes à travers la région.

Cet engagement aidera à relever les nombreux défis auxquels sont confrontés les jeunes dans la région. Par exemple, plus de 35 pour cent des jeunes femmes ont subi une forme de violence sexuelle à un moment donné de leur vie. En outre, les infections au VIH continuent d’être un problème urgent avec une estimation de 430 000 nouvelles infections chaque année chez les jeunes âgés de 15 à 24 ans.

Parlant au nom du Groupe de haut niveau, Mama Salma Kikwete, Première Dame de Tanzanie, a félicité et a accueilli le plus récent membre, Mme Mutharika: «Je suis convaincue qu’en travaillant ensemble en tant que Premières Dames, nous allons apporter une contribution significative et des résultats positifs pour la santé de nos jeunes. Nous la félicitons pour cette nomination. »

Prenant la parole lors d’un dîner officiel qui a eu lieu à l’Hôtel Golden Peacock au Malawi, M. Mahimbo Mdoe, Coordonnateur résident des Nations Unies du Malawi et Représentant de l’UNICEF a déclaré : “Nous savons qu’il reste beaucoup à faire pour mettre fin aux mariages d’enfants, pour s’assurer que les filles restent à l’école, arrêter les grossesses chez les adolescentes,  arrêter les infections au VIH et les MST et s’assurer que les garçons et les filles disposent de l’information et des services dont ils ont besoin pour être en bonne santé et des citoyens responsables dans leurs communautés.” Il a également souligné la présence des ministres des Genres de la région de la SADC et a souligné la nécessité pour tous les secteurs à travailler ensemble pour atteindre les objectifs de l’Engagement de l’AOA.

En acceptant cet honneur, Madame Mutharika a déclaré :”L’approbation de l’Engagement de l’AOA est venue à un moment critique dans la région et fournira l’élan nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins d’éducation et de santé des futures générations. Je m’engage à travailler avec le Groupe de haut niveau afin de garantir que les adolescents et les jeunes de notre région sont prêts pour aujourd’hui et demain. “[:]

[:en]Child marriage remains a prevalent issue across the country of Zambia. According to the 2007 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey, on average, 42 per cent of girls will be married before their 18th birthday. In early July 2014, a symposium was organized to share progress, successes and challenges for the movement to end child marriage.

The symposium brought together various ministries and delegates, including the UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, and the First Lady of Zambia, Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata.

The symposium stressed the commitment to ending child marriage in Africa and the importance of promoting the protection of girls’ rights. It also emphasized the importance of investing in young people – especially those at risk of human rights abuses.

“Symposiums like this are important as they try and practically address the ESA Commitment targets. In this case, the goal of eliminating child marriage,” said Mwansa Njelesani-Kaira, UNESCO’s Regional HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Officer, who attended the event. “Access to quality education and health information and services is the best way we can empower young people.”

For more information, please visit UNFPA’s Report on the symposium shown below.

UNFPA: Report on the Symposium

Photo credit: UNFPA. Shown in picture is UNFPA’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Dr. Julitta Onabanjo

 [:pt]O casamento infantil continua a ser um problema que prevalece em todo a Zâmbia. Segundo o Inquérito de Saúde e de Demografia de 2007 da Zâmbia, em média, 42 por cento das raparigas estão casadas antes dos 18 anos. No príncipio de julho de 2014, foi organizado um simpósio para partilhar progressos, sucessos e desafios para o movimento acabar com o casamento infantil.

O simpósio juntou vários ministérios e delegados, incluindo a Diretora Regional da UNFPA para a África Oriental e Austral, a Dra. Julitta Onabanjo, e a Primeira Dama da Zâmbia, a Dra. Christine Kaseba-Sata.

O simpósio salientou o Compromisso de acabar com o casamento infantil na África e a importância de promover a proteção dos direitos da raparigas. Também realçou a importância de investir nos jovens – especialmente aqueles com risco de abuso de direitos humanos.

“Simpósios como estes são importantes porque tentam abordar praticamente os objetivos do Compromisso da AOA. Neste caso, o objetivo de eliminar o casamento infantil”, disse Mwansa Njelesani-Kaira, a Funcionária Regional da Unidade de Direitos de Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva da UNESCO, que participou no evento. “O acesso à educação, aos serviços de informação e de saúde de qualidade é a melhor forma de capacitar as pessoas”.
Par mais informações, visite o Relatório da UNFPA sobre o Simpósio abaixo.

UNFPA: Relatório sobre o Simpósio

Credito fotográfico: UNFPA. Mostrado na imagem encontra-se a Diretora Regional da UNFPA para a África Oriental e Austral, a Dra. Julitta Onabanjo

 [:fr]Le mariage des enfants demeure un problème répandu à travers la Zambie. Selon le rapport d’enquête sur la démographie et la santé en Zambie de 2007, en moyenne, 42 pour cent des filles seront mariées avant leur 18ème anniversaire. Au début de Juillet 2014, un colloque a été organisé pour partager les progrès, les réussites et les défis pour la fin du mariage des enfants.

Le colloque a réuni différents ministères et délégués, y compris le Dr Julitta Onabanjo, Directeur régional pour l’UNFPA en Afrique Orientale et Australe, et la Première Dame de la Zambie, le Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata.

Le colloque a souligné l’engagement de mettre fin au mariage d’enfants en Afrique et l’importance de promouvoir la protection des droits des filles. Il a également souligné l’importance d’investir dans les jeunes – en particulier ceux dont les droits de l’Homme risquent d’être violés-.

« Les colloques de ce genre sont importants car ils essaient d’aborder de manière pratique les objectifs de l’Engagement de l’AOA. Dans ce cas, l’objectif est d’éliminer le mariage des enfants, » a déclaré Mwansa Njelesani-Kaira, membre de l’UNESCO pour les droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive et le VIH au niveau régional, qui a assisté à l’événement. «L’accès à une éducation de qualité et des informations sur la santé et aux services est la meilleure façon de responsabiliser les jeunes.”

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le rapport du FNUAP sur le colloque indiqué ci-dessous.

FNUAP: Rapport sur le Colloque

Crédit photo: FNUAP. Présent sur la photo: le Dr Julitta Onabanjo, Directeur régional du FNUAP de l’Afrique Orientale et Australe

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Support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GIZ) to the ESA Commitment continues.

Last week, Prof. Sheila Tlou, Director of UNAIDS ESA Regional Support Team and Dr. Patricia Machawira, UNESCO Regional Health Education and HIV Advisor were invited by the GIZ in Germany to provide an update on the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) Commitment. The ESA Commitment includes 20 countries in the region committed to strengthening comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services, specifically for young people.

With attendance from experts in civil society, implementers and government officials, Prof. Tlou and Dr. Machawira presented regional and countrywide progress on the commitment as well as next steps.

“There is a real importance to facilitating this dialogue with the international community,” stressed Dr. Machawira. “Partnerships and collaborations like these significantly help to build on and provide resources at all levels, especially in country.”

“We are keen to continue our collaboration with GIZ,” said Prof. Tlou. “These discussions help support critical improvements in sexuality education and access to sexual and reproductive health services for millions of young people leading to the development of the region as a whole.”

An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people are empowered to make their own decisions about their health, preventing HIV/AIDS and unexpected pregnancies.