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United Nations Celebrate Mandela’s Life and Legacy in Yaounde

At a moment when Cameroon is going through difficult security issues and social unrest, when the English speaking regions are manifesting their grievances of marginalization by the Central Government in Yaounde since November 2016, Mandela’s example of leadership was preached as a model of compromise, negotiation and reconciliation for an all-inclusive society. This message of hope was echoed during an outreach event organized by UNIC Yaounde at the National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, at the Etoug-Ebe neighborhood in Yaounde. This Centre admits persons with different degrees of disabilities, most of them cases of emergency. This event comprised:

  • Guided visit to patients of the Centre
  • Panel discussion on The Mandela day themes
  • Screening the movie; “INVICTUS”

Guided visit to patients of the Centre


To demonstrate Mandela’s love and service to humanity, UN staff and invitees, in 67 minutes paid a guided visit to 67 patients and persons with disabilities admitted in respective wards (Pavillon) of the Centre. During this visit, the patients received words of comfort, hugs and symbolic gifts from the Mandela change-makers. These gifts were composed of detergents, cubes of soap and toothpastes.

Panel discussion on the Mandela day themes

Mrs Grace Formuluh; Director General of the National Centre welcomed participants, lauded the UN for choosing the institution to celebrate Mandela’s legacy, as their daily actions reflect the Mandela philosophy of selfless service to humanity. She narrated the several material challenges of the Centre she heads, and appealed for more support from people of goodwill.

This was immediately followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jean Njita.

Mrs Bih Suzanne Awenti, National Pedagogic Inspector of History and Citizenship Education at the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC), who dwelt on the global theme of “Take action and Inspire change”.  She narrated Mandela’s iography, situating his lifestyle as that of a selfless man who sacrificed all forms of comfort for the wellbeing of his fellow South Africans. She traced Mandela’s life from birth through his actions within the African National Congress party (ANC), life in prison, and rise to power as President of South Africa. She emphasized that Mandela’s stewardship as President was that of reconciliation, and the building of an inclusive, free, just, and prosperous rainbow South Africa for all; Afrikaners, Africans, etc. This was manifested through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission put in place by Mandela to heal the wounds of the apartheid era in South Africa, she added.

Dr Victor Manyim, Director of International Leadership University (ILU) centred his presentation on the 2017 theme: “action against poverty”. After a scholarly definition of poverty, he stated that poverty is understood in this context as a situation where “one who lacks income and cannot provide for his/her material needs”. He further added that poverty is increasing because root causes which are cultural and spiritual have so far not been sufficiently addressed. The University don in distinguishing between material and spiritual poverty, stated that spiritual wealth is the act of being rich (dignity) even though being materially poor, while spiritual poverty is the act of being poor (humble), even when one is materially rich. He called on the society to adopt an inclusive attitude, to reflect Mandela’s legacy in our daily life. For “it is only when the materially rich show humility and cater for the needs of the materially but dignified poor that we can bridge the gap and effectively fight poverty in our society

These exchanges were interspersed by sketches played by secondary school students, in which the achievements of Mandela were re-echoed. (see link: There was also a display of some sustainable items produced by students of Mario Secondary School to fight against poverty.

 Screening the movie; “INVICTUS”

During the same event, participants watched the movie; “INVICTUS“, which portrays how, Mandela used Sports (Rugby) to show strong leadership, and reconcile South Africans around an ideal of success, and brought about national Unity.

Sensitization workshop for Journalists on the electoral code on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2017

UNIC Yaounde in partnership with the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa and UNESCO organized a series of activities at the Hotel Inn Resort in the coastal city of Limbe, South West Region of Cameroon to mark World Press Freedom Day 20017 in Cameroon from the 3 to 5 May 2017. The crux of the observance was the sensitization workshop for over 35 media professionals in Cameroon on the electoral code and their role in promoting informed participation in electoral processes, ahead of elections in 2018 in Cameroon.

  •  Round table conference on: 2017 WPFD theme, Freedom of Information, the right to know,
  • Panel Discussion on “How to overcome challenges to media freedom
  • Sensitization workshop for media professionals in Cameroon on the electoral code

 Day 1: Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Round table conference on: 2017 WPFD theme, Freedom of Information, the right to know

Moderated by Tarhyang Tabe, Publisher of “The Advocate” Newspaper, the round table began with the reading of the UN messages on the occasion of the 2017 WPF Day. UNIC’s Jean Njita read the message of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who called for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all.” UNESCO’ Cletus Ojong (Communications) read the message of Mrs Irina Bokova (UNESCO’s Director General), while the Director of UN Centre for Human Rights Mr Ahowanou Agbessi read the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. This set the pace for the round table.

UNIC’s Jean Njita presented the 2017 WPFD theme; “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies”, highlighting the fact that living in such a critical time for journalists and press freedom, critical times require critical minds to better know what we read, listen and watch. Mr Njita emphasized media’s contribution to good governance and development as recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; which outlines the importance of public access to information and fundamental freedoms under SDG 16; Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Citing the 2016 UN Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, he stressed that the current state of safety of journalists worldwide is discouraging, as over the course of the last decade 827 journalists and media workers have been killed.

Mr. Franklin Fonyuy Kiven, Communications Officer at the UN Human Rights Centre talking on “Freedom of Information, the right to know”, stated that Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights identifies freedom of expression as a fundamental right. He further quotes The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Declaration of Principles adopted in 2003, which affirms that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; that this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. Communication is a fundamental social process, a basic human need and the foundation of all social organisation”.

Panel Discussion on “How to overcome challenges to media freedom

Panelists included CTRV’s Comfort Musa, UNIC’s Jean Njita, Adolf Mongo Dipoko (seasoned journalist), Kwi Bangsi and Tarhyang Tabe (The Advocate Newspaper), with debates moderated by Franklin Fonyuy. These panelists identified Inadequate funding, Access to Information; Charlatanism; Poor payment of staff, weak Professional associations, etc…as some of several challenges crippling the media landscape in Cameroon.

The media law no.90/052 of December 19, 1990 on Mass Communication in its Section 46(1) states: “A person shall be deemed to be a journalist where, on the basis of his intellectual faculties, his training and talents, he is recognized as being fit to carry out research and process information intended for mass communication.” This Cameroonian definition of a journalist has paved the way for quacks to infest the profession, casting lots of doubts on ‘who is who’ in the profession. Some of them don’t know the ABC of journalism, and often commit all kinds of professional errors. Though the law on Freedom on Mass Communication gives Journalists the right to access information, Cameroon journalists have lots of difficulties to get sensitive information giving room for speculations and falsehood in some reports. The proliferation of Professional Associations further weakens the sector, with the lack of a credible interlocutor for all journalists.

At the end, and as a way forward to overcoming the challenges, participants and panelists recommended the urgent need for a clear entry requirement for all journalists as in other professional bodies; merger of association for journalists, strengthened and oriented towards professional needs, training on new media, media security, thematic reporting; (peace, cultural, documentaries, etc) , as well as taking advantage of electronic information dissemination through blogs, online publication, whatsapp, facebook etc…

Day II: Thursday 04 May 2017

Sensitization workshop for media professionals in Cameroon on the electoral code

In 2018, Cameroon is expected to hold major elections; municipal, parliamentary, senatorial, and presidential, making it an important electoral year in the history of the country. The Elections Management Body; ELECAM has intensified efforts towards raising awareness of Cameroonians on their civic responsibility, particularly the need to enroll in the electoral registers, and also participate actively in the voting process. That notwithstanding, there is need for more targeted measures to ensure that these efforts produce an impact on the ground.

It is against this backdrop that UNIC Yaounde, UNESCO and UN Centre for Human Rights embarked on this sensitization workshop to strengthen the knowledge of media professionals on the electoral code and other texts, policies and regulations governing the electoral process in Cameroon in a bid to enable them play an informed role in educating and sensitizing rights holders on their participation in electoral processes. Participants were introduced to the Cameroon Electoral code mostly an overview of the general provisions and provisions specific to the Elections Management Body. They were divided into commissions to work on specific sub-themes, which ended up with restitution and sharing of facts with others.

These subthemes included;

  1. General provisions related to the Elections Management Body
  2. Provisions relating to the election of President of the Republic and Vacancy
  3. Election of members of Parliament
  4. Election of municipal councilors

At the end of the work in commissions, participants enthusiastically shared /restituted their understanding of some sticky issues related to electoral code, to the happiness of all.


It is of vital importance for media practitioners to get acquainted with the Cameroon electoral code and other texts, policies and regulations governing the electoral process in preparation to the 2018 upcoming presidential elections in Cameroon. Taking into consideration the fact that the fundamental role of journalists, as one of the key players in the election is to promote transparency, inclusive and peaceful elections, journalists are therefore called to do proper findings of information backed with fact before any publication, be it audiovisual or script writing. In so doing, the media will regain its credibility in the country and will be treated with care and respect.

Fallen peacekeeper from Cameroon to be honoured at ceremony at UN Headquarters –

Photo published for L'efficacité des opérations de maintien de la paix requiert des moyens adéquats et un soutien...22 May 2017:  The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 24 May.  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016.

One fallen peacekeeper from Cameroon is among the 117 who will posthumously receive the Dag Hammarskjöld medal – Maitre Gustave Mbot who lost his life while serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

In a video message to mark the Day, the Secretary-General said:  “Every day, peacekeepers help bring peace and stability to war-torn societies around the world.  On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, we pay tribute to the more than 3,500 peacekeepers who have given their lives in the service of peace since 1948.”

He further said: “Their sacrifice only strengthens our commitment to ensuring that United Nations peacekeepers continue protecting civilians in harm’s way, promoting human rights and the rule of law, removing landmines, advancing negotiations and securing a better future in the places they are deployed.  Now, more than ever, it is essential that we continue investing in peace around the world.”

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said: “We pay our greatest respects to the committed and courageous peacekeepers who are no longer with us today. I offer my deepest and most sincere condolences to the families of those we honour and to the bereaved. It’s critical that we continue to invest in peace and make every effort to carry forward their noble work, and that we continue to pursue reform efforts to make United Nations peacekeeping more efficient and effective. That is the best way we can honour the memories and sacrifices of our fallen peacekeepers.”

“United Nations peacekeeping is an investment in global peace, security, and prosperity and remains the most reliable and used tool by the international community to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace. We are continuing to work hard to ensure that UN peacekeeping is fit for purpose, performance-driven and cost-efficient. These efforts coupled with the implementation of the Secretary-General’s reform of our peace and security architecture enables us to deploy uniformed and civilian peacekeepers in difficult and challenging environments around the world in an efficient and an effective manner,” said Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare.

Today, more than 96,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop-and-police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag, alongside more than 15,000 international and national civilian staff and nearly 1,600 United Nations Volunteers.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002, to pay tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.  The Assembly designated 29 May as the Day because it was the date in 1948 when the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), the world body’s first peacekeeping mission, began operations in Palestine.

While the Day will be marked in New York on the 24th, UN Peacekeeping operations and UN offices around the world will commemorate the Day on or around the 29th.


L’ONU rend hommage à deux Casques bleus gabonais décédés au service de la paix –

Photo published for L'efficacité des opérations de maintien de la paix requiert des moyens adéquats et un soutien...24 mai 2017:  Le Siège de l’ONU célèbrera la Journée internationale des Casques bleus des Nations Unies le 24 mai prochain.  Le Secrétaire général, M. António Guterres, déposera une couronne pour honorer tous les soldats de la paix tombés et présidera une cérémonie au cours de laquelle la Médaille Dag Hammarskjöld sera attribuée à titre posthume à 117 militaires, policiers et civils qui ont perdu la vie en servant dans des opérations de maintien de la paix en 2016.

Deux militaires gabonais figurent parmi les 117 Casques bleus auxquels sera décernée, à titre posthume, la médaille Dag Hammarskjöld, Caporal Ghislain M. Nziengui et Caporal Chef Jauris Nzombi Yopa, qui ont tout deux servi  dans la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA).

Dans un message vidéo pour marquer cette journée, le Secrétaire général souligne: « Chaque jour, les Casques bleus contribuent à apporter la paix et la stabilité aux sociétés déchirées par la guerre dans le monde entier.  Lors de la Journée internationale des Casques bleus des Nations Unies, nous rendons hommage aux plus de 3 500 soldats de la paix qui ont donné leur vie au service de la paix depuis 1948 ».

Il ajoute: « Leur sacrifice ne fait que renforcer notre engagement à faire en sorte que les forces de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies continuent de protéger les civils en danger, en promouvant les droits de l’homme et l’état de droit, en éliminant les mines terrestres, en faisant progresser les négociations et en assurant un avenir meilleur dans les lieux où ils sont déployés.  Maintenant, plus que jamais, il est essentiel que nous continuions à investir dans la paix dans le monde entier ».

Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix, M. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, affirme: « Nous continuons à poursuivre les efforts de réforme afin de rendre le maintien de la paix des Nations Unies plus efficace.  C’est la meilleure façon d’honorer les souvenirs et les sacrifices de nos soldats de la paix tombés. »

Selon le Secrétaire général adjoint à l’appui aux missions, M. Atul Khare, « ces efforts, conjugués à la mise en œuvre de la réforme du Secrétaire général de notre architecture de paix et de sécurité, nous permettent de déployer des forces de maintien de la paix en uniforme et en civil dans des environnements difficiles à travers le monde de manière efficace ».

Aujourd’hui, plus de 96 000 membres en uniforme en provenance de 124 pays contributeurs de troupes et de police servent sous le drapeau bleu, aux côtés de plus de 15 000 agents civils internationaux et nationaux et près de 1 600 Volontaires des Nations Unies.

La Journée internationale des Casques bleus des Nations Unies a été créée par l’Assemblée générale en 2002 pour honorer la mémoire des Casques bleus de l’ONU qui ont perdu la vie au service de la cause de la paix et pour rendre hommage à tous ceux, hommes et femmes, qui ont servi et continuent de servir dans les opérations de maintien de la paix pour leur professionnalisme, leur dévouement et leur courage.

La Journée est officiellement célébrée le 29 mai, toutefois des activités de commémoration auront lieu au Siège de l’ONU à New York le 24 mai.  L’Assemblée générale a désigné le 29 mai comme la Journée internationale des Casques bleus des Nations Unies parce que c’est ce jour-là qu’en 1948 l’Organisme des Nations Unies chargé de la surveillance de la trêve (ONUST), la première mission internationale de maintien de la paix, a commencé ses opérations en Palestine.

Pour de plus amples informations, prière de contacter M. Douglas Coffman, du Département de l’information, au tél.: +1 212 963-4481, ou par courriel:; ou M. Aditya Mehta, du Département des opérations de maintien de la paix, au tél.: +1 917 367-5378, ou par courrier électronique:; ou visitez le site Internet de la Journée des Casques bleus au ou le site Internet des Nations Unies sur le maintien de la paix au:

Youth leaders skilled on “Peace and Development” in Yaounde

Cameroon is currently being rocked by waves of attacks from the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency in her northern region, while the English speaking North West and South West Regions are witnessing social upheavals since November 2016, complaining about marginalization and assimilation by the Francophone majority. Youths have been mute and absent in the peace building process of these conflicts. This, in total ignorance of UNSC Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, adopted on 9 December 2015, which acknowledges the urgent need to engage young peacebuilders in promoting peace and countering extremism.

Against this backdrop, UNIC Yaounde organized a one-day training workshop for youth leaders on “Youth, Peace and Development”, in partnership with “Promise Africa” and the “Organization of African Youth for Peace (OAYP)” on Thursday April 13, 2017. The objective was to build the skills of youths on the fundamentals of peace consolidation, conflict prevention and crisis management, and engage them in the peacebuilding process.

UNIC’s Jean Njita emphasized the correlation between peace and Development, emphasizing Kant’s perpetual peace to Galtung’s negative and positive peace, presenting the history of Development through Rostow’s “stages of economic growth”, the 1992 Rio Earth summit, to the MDGs and SDGs. Focus was on SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, for “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no genuine peace without sustainable development.

The high rate of youth unemployment in Cameroon (about 6.7% in 2013, according to ILO), was identified as the reason for the high involvement of youths in conflicts, and political authorities were called upon to exercise good governance, for poor employability will eventuality lead to more conflicts. UNSCR 2250 was highlighted as a major instrument to mobilize youths in peace and Development activities as young peacebuilders, for it brings recognition and legitimacy for youth’s efforts in building peace. While Education, public awareness, youths training are pre-requisites for a durable peace building, genuine mediation can be a catalyst in reconciling and healing post conflicts societies. One participant called on youths to “bury their egoism, be tolerant, and accept different viewpoints for peace to thrive in their hearts…for today’s youths are too proud”

Participants acknowledged that youths have a role to play in conflict resolution, and should thus get involved. They were encouraged to use social media to transmit messages of love and reconciliation, to rebuild broken homes, and their society. Just as war is waged, Cameroonian youths should also ‘wage peace’ by making peace a full time activity. NGOs and associations advocating for Peace were urged to network for better coordination and greater impact of activities on the field. At the end, testimonials were handed to all participants.

Educational Talk on 2017 Slavery Remembrance at La Gaieté International School, Yaounde

UNIC Yaounde organized an Educational Talk with students of La Gaieté International School Complex, with over 175 students on 24 March 2017, on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the theme Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent. The objective of the event was to increase awareness and to educate students on the legacy and contributions of people of African descent and the consequences of their actions on the societies in which they found themselves during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, as well as about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

UNIC’s Jean Njita presented the genesis and context of the 2017 commemoration, stating the historical background on the transatlantic slave trade and slavery. This was followed by the projection of UNESCO’s documentary “Routes de l’Esclave” (Slave Routes), an exchange with students to size up their understanding. Prizes of T-shirts, branded pens were handed to students who gave correct answers, sparking off many exchanges from students.

Jean Njita, highlighted (in French and English) the raison d’être of the observance, spelling out UN Resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007 declaring 25 March as Slavery Remembrance. He further presented the theme of the 2017 commemoration, saluted the courage of these men and women, who through their many valuable skills in rhythms, musical traditions, and arts contributed significantly to the development of societies and cultures around the world. Africans deported to the West carried along their culture and tradition, expanding on the rich musical repertoire of these communities, he stressed.

Mr. Njita presented the Human Rights violations, emphasizing the inhumane treatment meted on slaves by traders and masters. Citing articles 1, 3 &4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he stressed that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude…”, and called on the students to denounce any act of racism, discrimination and violence, so as to leave no one behind.

Participants then watched the film; Queen Nanny: Legendary chieftainess” and were thrilled by Queen Nanny’ story, as she reportedly led her people courageously to victory over the mighty British army. During the question and answer session, prizes were offered to students who gave correct answers to questions asked on the film “Queen Nanny”.

The over 175 participants were led by Jean Njita to a guided tour of a poster exhibition on “Remembering Slavery: Recognition, Justice and Development”, composed of sets of 13 of posters highlighting the tenth anniversary of the Remember Slavery Programme, the work of the Decade, contributions of the African diaspora and the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade in English and French. The symbols and message on each poster was explained to the students, to draw their attention to the atrocities of slave trade, slavery and encourage them to denounce any act tantamount to Human Rights violation, racism and discrimination in all its forms.



Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign inspires support for Sustainable Development Goals

New York, March 18 – Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village today joined officials from the United Nations, UNICEF and United Nations Foundation at the world body’s headquarters in New York to celebrate International Day of Happiness with a campaign promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage young people everywhere to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2015 to help make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy.

As part of the celebrations, Team Smurfs recognized three young advocates — Karan Jerath (20), Sarina Divan (17), and Noor Samee (17)for their actions to promote the Goals.

Jerath, a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life. Divan expanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and beyond, and Samee is a UNICEF blogger and advocate on social justice issues and raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The movie’s U.S. stars — Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello and Mandy Patinkin — presented the three young students with a symbolic key to the Smurfs Village in recognition of their work.

“This inspirational campaign highlights the fact that each and every one of us, no matter how young or old, small or big, can make our world a better and happier place,” said Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. “We are grateful to creative partners like Sony Pictures Animation and Team Smurfs for their spirit of collaboration in helping the UN reach diverse audiences.”

The Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign culminates on the International Day of Happiness on 20 March, which emphasizes the importance of personal happiness and well-being. The idea is closely linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include decent work for all, access to nutritious food, quality education and health services, and freedom from discrimination.

 “Today we have seen how the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign is giving children and young people a platform to speak out about issues they are passionate about. As we celebrate International Day of Happiness, we hope many more young people are empowered to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals and help achieve a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice,” said Caryl M. Stern, UNICEF US Fund President and CEO.

The actors and UN officials  addressed some 1,500 students  attending an international Model UN conference in the iconic General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, where they encouraged all participants and the public to join “Team Smurfs”.

The campaign invites the general public to visit to find out how to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and share information, ideas and images on social media.


Cette année, nous appelons tout le monde à faire du bruit pour la journée #zerodiscrimination. Les individus et les communautés peuvent unir leurs voix pour transformer le monde. La Journée Zéro Discrimination est l’occasion d’insister sur le fait que chacun de nous peut participer à cette transformation et défendre une société juste et équitable.


Everyone will have experienced discrimination of some kind during their lives; however, non-discrimination is a human right. Equally, states and individuals have a legal obligation not to discriminate. This year, on 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is urging people to make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams.

Discrimination has many forms, from racial or religious discrimination to discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or age, and to bullying at school or at work. In only three out of 10 countries worldwide do equal numbers of girls and boys attend upper secondary school, and people living with disabilities are nearly three times more likely to be denied health care than other people.

“Everyone has the right to be treated with respect, to live free from discrimination, coercion and abuse,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Discrimination doesn’t just hurt individuals, it hurts everyone, whereas welcoming and embracing diversity in all its forms brings benefits for all.”

Zero discrimination is an integral part of UNAIDS’ vision and for this year’s Zero Discrimination Day UNAIDS is calling for zero discrimination in health-care settings. The right to health is a fundamental human right that includes access to affordable, timely and quality health-care services for all, yet discrimination remains widespread in health-care settings, creating a serious barrier to access to HIV services.

“Health-care settings should be safe and supportive environments. It is unacceptable that discrimination is inhibiting access to care today,” said Mr Sidibé. “Eliminating discrimination in health-care settings is critical, and we must demand that it become a reality.”

Data from 50 countries from the People Living with HIV Stigma Index show that one in eight people living with HIV report being denied health care. Around 60% of European Union/European Economic Area countries report that stigma and discrimination among health-care professionals remains a barrier to the provision of adequate HIV prevention services for men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs.

This year, UNAIDS is calling on everyone to make some noise for #zerodiscrimination. Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to highlight how everyone can be part of the transformation and take a stand for a fair and just society.

UNIC Yaounde commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January 2017

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde is organizing an Educational Talk with students of some Secondary Schools in Yaounde on Friday 27 January 2017, to observe the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust.

This event will focus on the theme: “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”. This theme underscores the universal dimension of Holocaust education as an appropriate platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today. The Holocaust was a defining point in history and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.

A panel discussion by the United Nations and Embasy of Israel, screening of an educational documentary «The Path to Nazi Genocide“,  « Le dernier vol de Petr Ginz » and an exhibition on “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” will constitute highlights of the event, to hold at the UNIC Yaounde Conference Room.

The United Nations General Assembly, on 1st November 2005, adopted Resolution 60/7 designating 27th January as an Annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The purpose of the Holocaust Memorial Day is to remember and learn from the lessons of the past. The theme for Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2017 is “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

Approximately six million Jews who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during the Second World War through a systematic and state-sponsored fashion.

The Holocaust commemoration is important today as it offers lessons of not only the atrocities committed during the First World War but also on the need for tolerance, co-existence, conflict prevention and the respect for human rights. As the world witnesses unprecedented killings of people resulting from armed conflict, students and youths can learn from these and say “never again”. There is need to guard against tribal differences and hate speech as they have the potential to cause conflict.

UNIC Yaounde intends to use this occasion to engage youth as future leaders, to learn to appreciate the need to defend our common humanity for a durable peace in the world.
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Investir et Mobiliser pour mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes

Women and men around the world wear orange. Photos (L-R):UN Women/Stephanie Raison, UNDP/Tiago Zenero, UN Women/Ellie van Baaren, UN Albania/Olsi Beci, UN Women/Niels den Hollander

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Une femme sur trois dans le monde entier est victime de violence dans sa vie, souvent aux mains de quelqu’un qu’elle connaît, qu’elle aime et en qui elle a confiance. Près de la moitié des femmes qui ont été victimes d’homicide, à l’échelle mondiale, en 2012, ont été tuées par des partenaires intimes ou des membres de leur famille.

La violence exercée contre les femmes et les filles, une violation flagrante des droits humains, détruit les vies, cause des souffrances indicibles et des maladies. Elle entraîne également des coûts considérables. Une étude récente a estimé que le coût des violences exercées par un partenaire intime représentait 5,2 pour cent de l’économie mondiale [1].

Au-delà des coûts médicaux et judiciaires directs, la violence envers les femmes a des conséquences néfastes sur les budgets des ménages et les budgets nationaux, du fait des pertes de revenus et de productivité. Au Viet Nam, par exemple, on estime que les dépenses et les pertes de revenus résultant de violences conjugales s’élevaient à 1,4 pour cent du PIB en 2010 [2]. Au Royaume-Uni, le coût des violences conjugales en 2009 y compris les coûts liés aux services, les pertes de production économique et les coûts humains et émotionnels s’est élevé à 16 milliards de livres [3].

En raison de l’inégalité profondément ancrée dans les rôles, les droits et les opportunités des hommes et des femmes, et des attitudes et normes sociales qui excusent ou banalisent de telles violences, ce problème est devenu persistant. Mais il n’en est pas moins inévitable. En adoptant des lois ayant pour objectif de protéger les femmes et punir les auteurs de ces violences, et en s’appuyant sur des services visant à rebâtir la vie des femmes et sur une prévention exhaustive commençant à un stade précoce, mettre un terme à la violence envers les femmes et les filles peut devenir une réalité. Et pourtant, un financement solide des efforts entrepris pour mettre fin à cette violence demeure notoirement insuffisant.

Cette année, pour les 16 journées d’activisme de la campagne mondiale contre la violence basée sur le genre qui auront lieu du 25 novembre date de la Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes au 10 décembre, date de la Journée des Droits Humains, l’appel à l’action dans le cadre de la campagne UNiTE (Tous Unis) du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes a pour thème : « Orangez le monde : levez des fonds pour mettre fin à la violence contre les femmes et les filles », pour donner plus de résonance à la question du manque de financement et y apporter des solutions. Téléchargez le kit d’action.


Pourquoi la question du financement est incontournable pour mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes et des filles

Lorsque les leaders mondiaux ont adopté les Objectifs de développement durable en 2015, elles et ils ont reconnu que le fait de mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes et des filles était une condition indispensable à la réalisation du programme de développement. L’Objectif 5 sur l’égalité des sexes inclut un objectif spécifique pour éliminer toutes les formes de violence à l’encontre des femmes, y compris la traite des femmes, d’autres formes de violence sexuelle et les pratiques nocives. Et pourtant, les ressources consacrées à trouver des solutions à ce problème ne sont pas à la hauteur du défi à relever.

Faire un don Pour mettre fin  a la violence contre les femmes

Affecter des ressources adéquates pour prévenir et combattre la violence à l’égard des femmes n’est pas seulement une obligation légale et un impératif moral, mais également un investissement judicieux.

La loi américaine de 1994 contre la violence a prévu un apport de 1,6 milliard de dollars US de soutien programmatique sur cinq ans, à travers le renforcement des sanctions contre les auteurs de ces violences et l’amélioration des ressources à la disposition des policiers, des procureurs et des prestataires de services aux femmes survivant à ces violences. Des chercheurs ont estimé que 14,8 milliards de dollars ont été économisés sur les pertes directes de biens, les besoins en soins de santé physiques et psychologiques, les activités de la police, les services offerts aux victimes, les pertes de productivité, la réduction de la qualité de la vie et les accidents mortels [4]. Une récente étude réalisée en République démocratique populaire lao et au Timor-Leste a révélé que les coûts nécessaires pour assurer un ensemble minimal de services essentiels (sur trois exercices) pour les femmes et les filles subissant des violences s’élevaient à 0,31 pour cent du PIB pour le Timor-Leste et à 0,25 pour cent du PIB pour la République démocratique populaire lao en 2015 [5]—soit une fraction du coût des conséquences de la violence.

Toutes les données disponibles indiquent que même les investissements d’un volume relativement modeste qui arrivent en temps opportun et sont bien intégrés peuvent s’avérer extrêmement bénéfiques pour les femmes et leurs collectivités. Faites un don pour soutenir les initiatives visant à mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes et des filles dans le monde entier.


Aperçus des événements orange en 2015

Orange the World 2015

Reportage photo

Chhun Srey Sros, 24, lives in Sangkat Chaom Chao and works in a Cambodian factory where UN Trust Fund and its partner, CARE, have developed and distributed educational materials and a sexual harassment policy for the work place. Photo: UN Women/Charles Fox

Photo: UN Women/Charles Fox

Fabriqué au Cambodge : Le quotidien de Chhun Srey Sros, ouvrière textile
Au Cambodge, 70 % des femmes ont un emploi précaire. Plus de 500 000 d’entre elles travaillent dans des usines de confection de vêtements ou de chaussures. Le Fonds d’affectation spéciale des Nations Unies pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes (administré par ONU Femmes au nom du système des Nations Unies), œuvre pour l’autonomisation des femmes afin qu’elles puissent faire valoir leurs droits à un emploi décent. Le Fonds travaille étroitement avec ses partenaires pour créer des environnements de travail non discriminatoires dans les usines cambodgiennes.


Où je me tiens

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova and her mother Aigul Alybaeva. Photo: UN Women/Theresia Thylin

« Depuis que je suis toute petite je vois des filles et des femmes traitées de manière inégale par rapport aux garçons et aux hommes. J’en suis témoin au quotidien mais aussi dans les films que nous regardons… »

SDG 5: Gender equality

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova participe à un programme éducatif scolaire destiné à autonomiser les filles et à changer les attitudes pour mettre un terme au mariage par enlèvement et aux mariages précoces et/ou forcés. Sa mère, Aigul Alybaeva, soutient le travail de sa fille. Et aussi»

En savoir plus : Des chefs religieux sont à l’avant-garde du mouvement pour mettre fin à la violence basée sur le genre en Éthiopie

Balla Mariko. Photo: UN Women/Gaoussou Cherif Haidara

« Au Mali, la violence à l’égard des femmes a atteint une proportion telle qu’elle aurait été inimaginable auparavant. Aujourd’hui nous enterrons nos sœurs, demain ce seront peut-être nos filles… »

SDG 5: Gender equality

Balla Mariko, âgé de 40 ans, père de deux filles en bas âge et d’un fils, est membre de réseaux de la société civile œuvrant à la promotion des droits humains. Et aussi»



Récit de Sarah : Améliorer les services essentiels aux survivantes de violences à l’égard des femmes et des filles

Malgré un engagement de grande envergure par des organisations de femmes, des gouvernements et d’autres partenaires, nombreuses sont les femmes et filles ayant subi diverses formes de violence qui sont encore dépourvues d’accès aux services essentiels. Le fait que les femmes et les filles n’aient pas accès à ces services signifie qu’elles continuent à souffrir des conséquences physiques et psychologiques de la violence. Pour améliorer l’accès aux services multisectoriels essentiels ainsi que leur qualité, ONU Femmes s’est associée à quatre organismes des Nations Unies pour développer le Programme conjoint mondial des Nations Unies sur les services essentiels.


Mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes et des filles : si vous ne le faites pas, qui le fera ?

La violence à l’égard des femmes reste l’une des violations des droits humains les plus répandues à l’échelle mondiale. Les objectifs de développement durable comprennent l’élimination de toutes les formes de violence à l’égard des femmes et des filles comme but spécifique à atteindre. ONU Femmes, de concert avec tous ses partenaires, œuvre à soutenir les pays dans le domaine des lois et politiques englobant tous les aspects du problème pour mettre fin à la violence, pour la prévention, pour la prestation de services essentiels de qualité et pour l’amélioration de la collecte et de l’analyse des données.



Women ride a Meri Seif Bus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Photo: UN Women/Marc Dozier

Des transports publics sécuritaires pour les femmes et les filles de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée
En Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, ONU Femmes met en œuvre un programme de transports publics sécuritaire pour les femmes et les enfants, lequel appuiera les initiatives visant à mettre fin au harcèlement sexuel dans les espaces publics et à assurer un accès renforcé aux opportunités économiques pour les femmes.

En savoir plus : Du piratage informatique pour combattre le harcèlement sexuel aux Philippines

embers of Y.Change, Le Thi Yen and Trang. Photo: Duong Long

Au Vietnam, des jeunes femmes s’organisent pour mettre fin à la violence dans les fréquentations
La première enquête d’opinion réalisée par de jeunes activistes sur la violence dans les fréquentations au Vietnam révèle que près de 59 pour cent des jeunes femmes ont été victimes de cette forme de violence. Ayant pris connaissance de ces conclusions, le Comité de la CEDAW, préconise la révision de la législation nationale afin de pénaliser toutes formes de violence à l’encontre des femmes, y compris la violence dans les fréquentations.

En savoir plus : Où je me tiens : Elizabeth Chatuwa

Photos: UN Women/Ikechukwu Attah

Reconstruire la vie après Boko Haram
Plus de 2 000 filles et femmes ont été enlevées par Boko Haram au Nigeria. La communauté internationale continue à exiger leur retour en toute sécurité. Mais que se passera-t-il quand elles seront de retour ? Que se passera-t-il avec les enfants nés du viol et leurs jeunes mères ? Un programme d’ONU Femmes essaie de faire en sorte que la réponse humanitaire réponde aux besoins spécifiques des femmes et des filles.

En savoir plus : Où je me tiens : Francesca De Antoni


Marina and her children in the My Home Crisis Centre in Temirtau, Kazakhstan. Photo: UN Women Kazakhstan Multi-Country Office

Au Kazakhstan, les centres de crise pour les victimes de violences domestiques sauvent des vies, mais manquent de financement
Sous-financés et face à une demande importante, les centres indépendants d’aide aux victimes de violences domestiques offrent aux femmes anonymat, confidentialité et une aide complète en matière d’accès au logement et d’assistance psychologique, juridique et sociale.

En savoir plus : Où je me tiens : Maia Țaran

An anonymous trafficking victim. Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

Des lois types pour lutter contre la traite des personnes dans les États arabes
Un programme de trois ans en faveur de la lutte contre la traite des personnes soutenu par le Fonds d’affectation spéciale des Nations Unies pour mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes permet d’activer l’application de la loi contre ce crime en Égypte, en Jordanie et au Maroc.

En savoir plus : l’ambassadrice de bonne volonté d’ONU Femmes Emma Watson tourne les projecteurs sur la nécessité de mettre fin aux mariages d’enfants

Au Brésil, une nouvelle loi sur le féminicide va offrir une plus grande protection
Avec la nouvelle loi, le Brésil est le premier pays pilote à adopter le protocole modèle latino-américain pour les enquêtes sur les morts violentes liées au genre, préconisé par ONU Femmes et l’HCDH




La Directrice exécutive : « Le prix d’un refus de changement est inacceptable »
Dans une déclaration pour la Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes, le 25 novembre, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Directrice exécutive d’ONU Femmes, met l’accent sur les interventions efficaces. Elle réaffirme, également, que la violence contre les femmes et les filles peut finir avec de l’engagement et de l’investissement, à l’échelle nationale et internationale.


A Framework to underpin action to prevent violence against women

Un cadre visant à soutenir des mesures pour prévenir la violence contre les femmes
Le cadre conjoint des Nations Unies rassemble les connaissances et la pratique contemporaine en matière de prévention de la violence. L’accent est mis sur le traitement des causes profondes ainsi que des facteurs de risque et de protection associés à la violence contre les femmes.


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[1] Anke Hoeffler et James Fearon, Benefits and Costs of the Conflict and Violence Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, (Avantages et coûts des objectifs en matière de conflits et de violences pour le programme de développement post-2015) 2014, disponible à la page

[2] Duvvury et al, Estimating the Costs of domestic violence against women in Viet Nam. (Estimation des coûts de la violence conjugale au Viet Nam)

[3] Anke Hoeffler et James Fearon, Benefits and Costs of the Conflict and Violence Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, (Avantages et coûts des objectifs en matière de conflits et de violences pour le programme de développement post-2015) 2014, disponible à la page

[4] Kathryn Anderson Clarke; Andrea Biddle et Sandra Martin, 2002. A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Violence against Women Act of 1994. (Une analyse coûts-avantages de la loi sur la violence à l’égard des femmes de 1994) VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, Vol. 8, N° 54, avril 2002, 417-428

[5] Nata Duvvury, Stacey Scriver, Seema Vyas et Sinead Ashe, 2016,

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