MYCRO GHANA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPA INTERNATIONAL -USA IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN DOMIABRA GHANA

26 01 2014

MYCRO GHANA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPA INTERNATIONAL -USA IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN DOMIABRA GHANA

MYCRO Ghana and HOPA-USA in Childhood Education in Ghana – January, 2014

The Movement for youth and children’s Right organisation is currently pursuing a partnership project with Home of peace for Africa HOPA-Washington state Seattle- USA.

The childhood education initiative is established as a direction to help the Government and other child serving organisations in Ghana meet the MDG on universal primary education by 2025. If every African child must go to school with an effective and efficient learning, then we must all contribute in making this happen, as millions of homes and parents cannot afford to even buy note books for children to acquire EDUCATION.

We want to thank HOPA-USA for believing in MYCRO Ghana who has been the original initiator of this project for the children of Ghana.

During 6 days intensive childhood education exercises, over 4000 mathematical sets, note books, pen, pencils and many elementary materials were distributed to students.

We are grateful for the tireless support from the communities’ leaders, elders and chiefs in GA South Municipality.

MYCRO Ghana, MYCRO Sierra Leone and MYCRO Liberia would be organizing its West Africa child Right conference in Monrovia Liberia.

We shall give update on this blog later on.





MYCRO GHANA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPA INTERNATIONAL -USA IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN DOMIABRA GHANA

26 01 2014

MYCRO GHANA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPA INTERNATIONAL -USA IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN DOMIABRA GHANA

MYCRO GHANA AND HOPA IN SEATTLE WASHIGNTON USA





MYCRO GHANA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPA INTERNATIONAL -USA IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN DOMIABRA GHANA

26 01 2014

MYCRO GHANA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPA INTERNATIONAL -USA IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN DOMIABRA GHANA

MYCRO AND HOPA IN GHANA





MYCRO FGM Activist has disappeared for safety!

22 01 2014
MYCRO FGM Activist has disappeared for safety!

We will not give up fighting against FGM in our local communities in Sierra Leone and Africa as a whole; it’s a violation of human right. We thank the military of the republic of Guinea for guiding you (Isatu) during your first community attacked in Mamaka. We will miss your unending and selfless service for vulnerable ladies and women of hundreds community in Sierra Leone and West Africa. We are very much happy you were able to escape and we wish you safe journey and hoping to see you again.

“FGM activist with body quids ISATU BARRY we thanks you”

We will not give up fighting against FGM in our local communities in Sierra Leone and Africa as a whole; it’s a violation of human right. We thank the military of the republic of Guinea for guiding you (Isatu) during your first community attacked in Mamaka 1 and Mamaka 2 . We will miss your unending and selfless service for vulnerable ladies and women of hundreds community in Sierra Leone and West Africa.  We are very much happy you were able to escape and we wish you safe journey and hoping to see you again.





FGM and Child abuse in Sierra Leone, successes and challenges over the years

3 01 2014

Female circumcision, the partial or total cutting away of the external female genitalia, has been practiced for centuries in Sierra Leone and other African countries, generally as one element of a rite of passage preparing young girls for womanhood and marriage. Often performed without anesthetic under septic conditions by lay practitioners with little or no knowledge of human anatomy or medicine, female circumcision can cause death or permanent health problems as well as severe pain. Despite these grave risks, its practitioners look on it as an integral part of their cultural and ethnic identity, and some perceive it as a religious obligation.

Opponents of female genital cutting, however, emphasize that the practice is detrimental to women’s health and well-being. Some consider female circumcision a ritualized form of child abuse and violence against women, a violation of human rights.

CONSEQUENCES WITHIN THE SIERRA LEONE COMMUNITIES

In the conditions under which female circumcision is generally performed in Sierra Leone, even the less extensive types of genital cutting can lead to potentially fatal complications, such as hemorrhage, infection and shock. The inability to pass urine because of pain, swelling and inflammation following the operation may lead to urinary tract infection. A woman may suffer from abscesses and pain from damaged nerve endings long after the initial wound has healed.

Infibulation is particularly likely to cause long-term health problems. Because the urethral opening is covered, repeated urinary tract infections are common, and stones may form in the urethra and bladder because of obstruction and infection. If the opening is very small, menstrual flow may be blocked, leading to reproductive tract infections and lowered fertility or sterility.

SOCIAL CONTEXT

Female circumcision is an integral part of the societies and communities in Sierra Leone that practice it, where patriarchal authority and control of female sexuality and fertility are givens. In communities where a person’s place in society is determined by lineage traced through fathers, female circumcision reduces the uncertainty surrounding paternity by discouraging or preventing women’s sexual activity outside of marriage. Although the societies that practice circumcision vary in many ways, most girls receive little education and are valued primarily for their future role as sources of labor and producers of children. In some communities, the prospective husband’s family pays a brideprice to the family of the bride, giving his family the right to her labor and her children; she herself has no right to or control over either.

A girl’s virginity may be considered essential to her family’s ability to arrange her marriage and receive a brideprice, as well as to family honor. In my own village, for example, a prospective husband’s family may have the right to inspect the bride’s body prior to marriage, and mothers regularly check their infibulated daughters to ensure that they are still “closed.” In this context, parents see both infibulation and early marriage as means of ensuring that their daughter remains “pure” and thus worthy of the brideprice.

WORKING FOR CHANGE

Efforts to eliminate female circumcision have often been unsuccessful because opponents of the practice ignored its social and economic context. In some cases, external intervention has strengthened the resolve of communities to continue their genital cutting rituals as a way of resisting what they perceive as cultural imperialism.

During the era of colonial rule in Sierra Leone and Africa, some governments attempted to ban female circumcision and met with resistance. In Sudan, when a law banning infibulation was about to be proclaimed in 1946, many parents rushed to midwives to have their daughters infibulated in case it should become impossible later on. When some midwives were arrested for performing circumcision, anticolonial protests broke out. The British colonial government, fearing a massive nationalist revolt such as those that had occurred in Egypt and Kenya, eventually let the law go unenforced.

More recently, calls to action by Western feminists and human rights activists have provoked similar negative reactions. Sierra Leone and the entire African women have perceived many of these efforts as condescending and derogatory toward their culture and we activist against this act remain under serious threat and intimidation and for some political backings, government pays little attention in supporting us, because the women are in higher population, they need their vote to let them remain in power. In the words of one infibulated Sierra Leone woman, “If Sierra Leonean women change, it will be a change done by us, among us. When they order us to stop, tell us what we must do, it is offensive to the black person or the Muslim person who believes in circumcision. To advise is good, but not to order.

A big thanks to MYCRO Organization for allowing me advocate and support those powerless and underprivileged young ladies who are most forced to FGM and child abuse. I promised to remain committed on this course and my deepest prayers to all victims around the world who are powerless to share their views, thought and actions.

Written by – ISATU BARRIE

Posted by – MYCRO International





MYCRO Youth Coordinator, to represent MYCRO at UNESCO Youth forum in Paris!

14 10 2013

Management and staff of the Movement for youth and children’s Right organisation are happy and grateful to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organisation UNESCO for selecting MYCRO to be part of this year’s youth forum in Paris France.

This year’s forum theme is: Civic engagement, dialogue and skill development and this theme have a specific focus on the three axes of the UNESCO operational Strategy on youth 2014-2021.

We are confident that MYCRO was selected not because of its existence but because the organisation remain focus on youth empowerment and youth advocacy and we are encouraged to continue this endless human service for the development of youth and children in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Canada and the world.

From MYCRO Team





International Youth Day 12th August, 2013 – Secretary-General’s Message for 2013

13 08 2013

This year’s observance of International Youth Day focuses on the issue of youth migration.  Of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute more than 10 per cent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences.

The reasons young people migrate are many.  Some are fleeing persecution, others are escaping economic hardship.  Some are alone, others part of a family – with parents, siblings and even children of their own.  Some have communities to go to, others must make new connections.  In transit and at their final destinations, many young migrants face equal or greater struggles, including racism, xenophobia, discrimination and human rights violations.  Young women, in particular, face the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Poverty, crowded and unsanitary living conditions and the challenges of finding decent employment are regular features of the migrant experience.  These challenges are exacerbated by the current global economic and financial crisis.  Migrants are also often accused by communities and politicians of taking jobs from local people, exposing them to further risk of discrimination.  In other cases, young people left behind by migrating parents face psychological and social challenges and greater vulnerability.

It is important to emphasize the positive contribution young migrants make to societies of origin, transit and destination – economically and by enriching the social and cultural fabric.  Most work hard to earn a living and improve their circumstances.
The remittances they send to support families in their home countries are a major contributor to economies worldwide.  When they return home, young migrants often enhance development by applying skills and ideas acquired abroad.  And, in many cases, women are empowered through migration as they gain financial and social independence.

In October, the United Nations General Assembly will host the second High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.  I urge Member States to consider youth migration.  Working with and for young people is one of my top priorities.  On this International Youth Day, I encourage Member States, youth-led organizations and other stakeholders to act to promote the rights of all young migrants and maximize the development potential of youth migration.

Ban Ki-moon