Hope Kabamba, UNIC Librarian presenting SDG goal number 1: No Poverty
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria organized a FUN Day for 90 grade 12 learners at Stanza Bopape Secondary School in Mamelodi Township in Pretoria on 28 April 2016. The focus of the event was to promote the United Nations newly adopted Sustainable development Goals to more than 90 grade 12 learners and two school coordinators. Continue reading
Mrs Evelyn Sekhukhune,Mr Osten Chulu and Mr Koketso Motsoene speakers of the event
For three years now, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) GA-RANKUWA campus in collaboration with the Accomodation Residence Life and Catering (ARLC) Ga-Rankuwa Campus have been hosting motivational series in an attempt to empower and educate students about various aspects of life. This year, the motivational series took place on 14 April in Ga-Rankuwa at the Aula Hall where many students, staff and guests gathered under the theme: “It is possible”
Mr K S Ledwaba, Head of the Department (HOD) of Accomodation, Residence, Life and Catering at the TUT Ga-Rankuwa Campus welcomed guests and highlighted the purpose of the programme. Continue reading
Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda
On the 17 March, UNIC held an event commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The event was marked by poems, music and key messages about how slavery impacted on the African way of life. Nobulekhosi T. Sibanda, a student from Founders Community School, delivered an impassioned poem to guests that delved deep into culture of her African heritage and the ills of slavery that plagued the African continent.
When I think about this time- the waves, death, sickness, vomiting, the smell of fresh sea water, rape abuse, the crack of the traders whip, those days, those months, those years, Oh my heart quivers. Continue reading
Group photo with UNIC staff and guests from the Transatlantic Slave Trade observance event
Over 70 school children and members of the public joined the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Continue reading
Heads of UN Agencies and Programme Managers
The United Nations Country Team recently held a three day retreat in the south of Johannesburg at which they focused on two key objectives: to assess the UN’s “fitness for purpose” in the South African context and in view of current work structures, as well as to build on existing cooperation and better engage with the Government on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Ms. Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women addresses the crowd. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
More than 40 women met at the Sandton Holiday Inn Hotel in Johannesburg on January 28 to discuss issues surrounding women’s empowerment. UN Women Multi Country Office in partnership with private sector groups among them Business Engage and Business Women Association of South Africa hosted a Women Empowerment Principles awareness event for companies and women business association’s members.
Caroline Nyamayemombe of UN Women welcomed guests from different business sectors. She led a conversation on how women have to be versatile and deal with unusual situations in the work place. “Our venue is unusual but as women in business we have to constantly deal with unusual situations,” she said. She reiterated that in order to realize a prosperous Africa the workplace has to show inclusive growth of both men and women. “Our lessons we have learnt and the experiences we have as women are the solutions in growing an inclusive environment,” said Ms. Nyamayemombe Continue reading
Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
As the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day which falls annually on January 27, leading Jewish Historian Professor Dina Porat had profound words for her audiences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – “Never be a Perpetrator, a By-stander or a Victim”.
Professor Porat, Head of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University was speaking at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg where dozens of guests among them five genocide survivors gathered, to commemorate the Day. She led a discourse on the history of the Holocaust, quoting well know historians, authors and poets. Continue reading
UN in South Activities
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a global memorial day on 27 January in honour of the victims of the genocide in which an estimated 6 million Jews and others were killed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 1 November 2005.
The event is commemorated annually by the UN. This year, a number of activities in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town are planned to mark the day. Continue reading
Ms. Jane J Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park delivering a welcome statement. Photo: IOM
South Africans and the migrant community came together on the evening of December 17 at Freedom Park in Pretoria, to commemorate International Migrants Day which is observed annually on 18th December.
The occasion was marked by a screening of a documentary produced by Aljazeera Television, entitled “African Migrants –what’s driving them to the European Union”. The documentary explores, through first-hand accounts, why thousands of Africans put their lives at risk as they go on a boat journey in search of what they think would be a better and easier living. It is a journey that begins with hope, but often ends in despair. Continue reading
Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur during the press conference. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
The UN Special Rapporteur on the causes of violence against Women in South Africa, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović today released her preliminary findings at a Press Conference in Pretoria. Ms Šimonović’s report commends the South Africa constitution which guarantees human rights through laws such as the domestic violence and sexual offenses act, but said that the scars from the violence of Apartheid still resonate in the country’s social fabric dominated by deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes towards the role of women, which makes violence against women and children an almost accepted phenomenon.
Ms Šimonović said her visit to shelters and a detention centre for migrants, where she met with individual victims of gender-based violence revealed stories which made her believe that the women were actually victors not survivors of violence because of their focus on empowerment and the way forward. Continue reading