On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, HACEY Health Initiative, a Lagos based development organization with the vision of promoting a sustainable society, hosted a parallel event during the just concluded UN Women 60th session on the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The session which was titled “Leveraging on Innovation and Cross-Sector Collaboration to End Violence Against Women and Girls: Impact, Strategies and Opportunities” brought together 5 speakers and about 47 participants from around the world to discuss issues around Violence against Women and Girls from the Research, Policies and Programs perspectives in a panel discussion that lasted about 100mins. The moderator of the session, Mr. Paul Ojajuni, the Director of Research, HACEY Health Initiative hosted the panel discussion and engaged the speakers and participants in a knowledge sharing discussion. The speakers he hosted are: Rebecca Gordon, Together for Girls; jerker Edstrom, Institute of Development Studies, UK; Olusola Owonikoko, Mandela Washington Fellow/Project Enable; Elizabeth Okomu, Women Deliver Young Leader; and Isaiah Owolabi, HACEY Health Initiative.
As the world prepares to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, it is important that young people play an active role in ensuring that their sexual health, rights and access to health services are effectively represented, supported and monitored in the 2030 agenda.
The Have You Seen My Rights Campaign is focused on goals 3,4 and 5 of the SDGs and advocates 5 pledges for the implementation of the goals.
With the consciousness of our nation's inability to reach the targets of the Millennium Development Goals and the little focus given to young people's sexual and reproductive health in national policies and strategies, youth at the consultation were enthusiastic about promoting the 5 pledges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Development organization HACEY Health Initiative is one of just 20 organisations from around the world to receive an inaugural With and For Girls Award.
The With and For Girls Awards is a global initiative to identify and support strong development organisations working with and for girls.
The organisation – based in Nigeria and working throughout the country – is recognised for its work to provide sustainable solutions to close the inequality gap that limits women and girls’ access to health services and economic empowerment.
In line with the International Day of Persons With Disability (December 3rd) and the United Nations theme for this year – Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities, with support of Access Bank Plc and the United States Consulate, this event was held at Access Bank Plc Corporate Headquarters to celebrate individuals, corporate organizations and civil society who have championed the cause of persons with disabilities in our society.
I could hear the voice faintly in my sleep but I could not pick out the words. Before I could figure out what was happening, a slap landed on my back forcing me to jump out of bed. My sleepy eyes were met with the excited voice of my friend Sade. She kept twisting her body and screaming, “Aduke is getting married. Let’s go watch the ceremony.” I tied my wrapper and we hurried down to Aduke’s compound.
Despite huge investments in spreading information about HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, national data indicates a low HIV testing rate- only 17% of young people in Nigeria know their status.
To commemorate this year's World AIDS Day, we partnered with Access Bank PLC to hold a HIV Counselling and Testing Program at the National Youth Service Camp in Lagos Nigeria to raise awareness amongst young people on the importance of knowing their status.
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The long-awaited Project Agbebi instructional video has finally been launched. The video is meant to serve as an instructional guide for traditional birth attendants (TBAs) known locally as Agbebi on safe delivery practices.
The event was anchored by the Director for Gender Development Programmes at HACEY, Ms Rhoda Robinson and attended by a host of dignitaries. These included the Australian high Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Jonathan Richardson who represented the Australian government, the sponsor/funder of the programme, the United States Consul General, Mrs Dehab Ghebread and her team and the Secretary to the Ogun State Government (SSG), Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa. Other dignitaries present at the event included Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Ogun sate, Dr Gabriel Diasi Odeniyi,Permanent Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ogun state, Director, the State Chairman of the Association of TBAs and other Dignitaries from Ibafo LGA.
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