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GEM at UN Multi-Stakeholder Hearing – Accelerating the Realization of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls.

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In context of the emerging and existing gaps in the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. It’s obvious that “important  gains have been achieved  as more girls are in school than ever before and more countries have reached gender parity in educational enrolment; the global maternal mortality ratio has decreased significantly, and the proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel increased over the past decade.
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in recent years progress has been uneven and even stalled in some areas. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to halt or reverse the gains of decades of collective effort on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, women and girls are disproportionately affected

In support of the critical role that women and girls play in building resilience and recovery efforts in both the rapid response and the long-term. Girls Education Mission International is mobilizing to accelerate progress and achieve systemic change. One way of bringing this forward is the participation in the multi-stakeholder hearing which is aim to take stock of the outcomes and recommendations of the 25-year review processes, including the sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The multi-stakeholder hearing which was held  virtually on 21st July 2020 provided an opportunity for GEM tree delegates to exchange experiences, lessons learned and good practices among different stakeholders, through inter-active dialogues, to advance the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

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The multi-stakeholder hearing brought together representatives States Members of the UN of the United Nations and members of the specialized agencies that have observer status with the General Assembly, intergovernmental organizations and entities that have observer status with the Assembly. In addition, parliamentarians, representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, invited civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, academic institutions, and the private sector.

In effort to taking concrete action, Girls Education Mission International has launched an emergency response appeal fund to enable girls recover better.  Donations towards this effort can be made using this link

https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/34794/

Watch the recording of the even on webtv.un.org with interpretation in 6 official languages.

GEM attends Virtual Consultative Presentation of the 2020-2023 Midterm Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FST)

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As part of our public policy advocacy with the Government on gender-responsive budgeting, on 10th July, 2020 Girls Education Mission International attended a Virtual Consultative Forum hosted By the Honorable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed alongside Prince Clem Agba – minister of State Budget and National Planning and DG budget – Dr. Ben Akabueze. The consultation which was basically a presentation of the 2020-2023 Midterm Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FST) had the presentation of the Finance minister in the followings areas:
1. The implication of global and domestic development on Nigerian Economy:
2. Update on 2020 Revised Budget which was accented by the President earlier today.
3. Overview of 2020 Fiscal outcome (Jan-May 2020).
4. 2020-2023 underlying assumptions during macroeconomic parameters and targets.

Here are concerns drawn from the MTEF/FSP Paper presented by the Honorable Minister of Finance Hajiya Zainab Ahmad Shamsuma.

1. Real GDP declined from 2.55% in 4th quarter of 2019 to 1.87% in the 1st quarter of 2020.

2. Nigeria real GDP is now projected by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to contract by 42% in 2020 as against the previous projected growth of 2.92%.

3. 2nd & 3rd quarter 2020 GDP growth are projected to be negative, which means that economy will lapse into a second recession in 4 years.

4. Total number of unemployment people increased from 17.6 million in 4th quarter 2017 to 20.9 million 3rd quarter 2018.

5. The above signals a serious challenge on the Nigerian Economy.

Details of the full presentations can be found through this link. https://www.budgetoffice.gov.ng/…/hmfbnp-mtef-fsp-2021-2023…

But there is hope! Yes! There is hope for the girl child as Girls Education Mission International works hard to making life better for Girls amidst the economic and social danger through a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

You may wish help get girls recover better by making a generous donation to our fundraiser using this link

 https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/34794/

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GEM Year 2019 in Photos

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Thank you for the incredible year 2019!

Happy New Year! Happy start to our Decade of Possibilities. Greetings on behalf of all of us at Girls Education Mission International. What an incredible year we leave behind us! The Year 2019 took us around 16  States in Nigerian including the FCT Abuja and one State in the Sierra Leone.  Together, we mobilized, inspired and  speed up our mission to  have reached out to over 10,000 people. The momentum is huge. There is much more in store for the onward journey of always soaring aspirations and inspiring actions.  Our Decade of Possibilities is in our hands and  we are starting now as we swing into the New year in a good note.

 

Take a look of the incredible moments that your support made possible in 2019.

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Thank you or making our mission Possible in 2019. Lets do more in 2020 to make our Decade of Possibilities Possible.

Girls Education Mission International has been Selected as SPEAK! Champion 2019

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Girls Education Mission International has been selected a  2019 SPEAK! Champion by the World Alliance for Citizen Participation – CIVICUS

In a letter of conveyance by Frederic on behalf of the SPEAK! global team, the selection was described as an opportunity for the GEM to lead the SPEAK! Campaign.

Below is the  congratulatory message in part:

“Congratulations! 

On behalf of the SPEAK! Global Team, we are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a SPEAK! Champion.

The SPEAK! Campaign builds understanding by giving voice to individuals and communities across boundaries and divisions. Building upon last year’s success, we look forward to another global event to address some of the most pressing issues in your community.

We reviewed over 260 applications from 66 countries across the world, and your organisation stood out for the ideas expressed, passion and capacity to make positive change in your community.

The campaign will culminate in 24 hours of Global Action on 20-21 September. You will be working closely with the global team of SPEAK! to help facilitate SPEAK! events in your community ………”

The listing of GEM as a Champion can be found here!  https://www.togetherwespeak.org/champions/

Keturah Shammah emerged the winner of US based “World Pulse Ambassador” for International Women’s Day 2019

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There is no honorable way for us at Girls Education Mission International than having our very own Executive Director, Mrs. Keturah Shammah being named a World Pulse Ambassador.

World Pulse is a Safe, Secure and Supportive Place on the Internet for Women.

World Pulse in the Word of Internet, is a Safe Place for women to Talk, Network & Collaborate and Built on Strong Values of Love & Respect.  It is a space where everyone’s Privacy is Truly Respected.

Sharing her experience with World Pulse, Shammah expressed thus; “At World Pulse, I have learnt to tell my Own Story in my Own Words, I have got to Meet Change Leaders from 189 Countries, Found New Partners, and Learn and Taught New Skills to Empower women in my Community and Got Global Visibility for my Work and Leadership.

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Keturah further explain that, as a World Pulse Ambassador, she is mandated to Lift up women by creating a safe space and introducing them to World Pulse to grow their voice, connections and impact.

Being well known as passionate about making a difference, and as part of her role as an Ambassador, Shammah calls on women to join World Pulse by visiting the site https://www.worldpulse.com/en so as to leverage it benefits for their personal and professional growth.  #LogOnRiseOn

Happy International Women’s Day Celebrations from all of us at Girls Education Mission International