Indonesia, Anindha W. Hapsari

Climate Change Killing Komodo: On the verge of Extinction, Indonesia

by Anindha W. Hapsari

On a dirt path into Komodo National Park in Indonesia, Resting some gigantic lizards known as Komodo Dragon. Theses dragons are now at risk of extinction because of Climate Change. As Climate Change is doing what millions of years could not have done for them; Pushing them for extinction in their dominant habitats. Climate change is not a new story; it is a long-term crisis that has affected most aspects of our lives and our planet, with the majority of the negative consequences referring to negative progression not only for the world, but also for our daily lives in our livelihood, whether in big cities, small towns, or even villages. As we all know, the impacts of climate change are felt in every country across the globe, including Indonesia. Then, for Indonesia, climate change has become a long-term crisis, beginning with a heat wave that can cause forest fires to floods that can hit big cities such as Jakarta, as well as rising sea levels that affect not only the land but also endangered animals such as the Komodo dragon.

  • On only four islands wide world live Komodo dragons. These four islands which located in Indonesia are Komodo, Gila Motang, Rinca, and Flores. In 1980, the national park was founded to be a nature reserves in order to protect the Komodo dragon. And later was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Despite that, Komodo dragons have gone from “vulnerable” to “endangered” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. Climate Change has negative affect on these giant lizards and their natural and only habitats. It’s estimated that rising global temperatures and rising sea levels will reduce the Komodo dragon habitat by at least 30% over the next 45 years.

As we can see, the impact has been quite severe because it has also affected Komodo National Park in Komodo Island and its surroundings, including the Komodo dragon, and there are even many unspoken plans to move the Komodo dragon to another island, which may reduce the range of Komodo dragon habitats and potentially lead to the extinction of this species. Then, when I see that the fact shows that the Komodo dragon is on the verge of extinction, I am saddened and concerned, because conserving endangered animals is one of my personal concerns, and the Komodo dragon is one of Indonesia’s endangered animals. Furthermore, Komodo dragons play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the balance in the animal food chain, and the animal food chain is just as important as the human food chain. However, this is a matter for everyone, not just Indonesians, because we have a responsibility to protect our planet, including animals, especially endangered animals like the Komodo dragon from extinction that are playing a huge role on balancing our ecosystem. If these reasons aren’t convincing enough to persuade another human being about climate change and its impact on endangered animals like the Komodo dragon, we need to see how the chaos exists when we see the ecosystem, the imbalance at the animal food chain, and the number of damage itself on the Komodo dragon.

Aside from that, we humans have a commitment to uphold and ensure the sustainability of our environment, not only for humans but also for animals, particularly endangered species like the Komodo dragon. So, we have no right to dismiss our responsibilities if we are already aware of the upheaval and the dire state of the Komodo dragon as a result of climate change. Then, because of the state of our planet is deteriorating due to the increasing number of negative effects from climate change that are affecting not only our environment but also endangered animals such as the Komodo dragon in this case, we must step up and take action, even if it is on the smallest scale of solution implementation, to prevent further damage from occurring as events in the climate change impacts chains continue. Aside from that, who will go one step further to stop the destruction and prevent further damage in this crisis if not us? Last but not least, you should understand that when you have a voice and the ability to take action for a solution or to solve a long-term crisis such as climate change, we need to step up and use our voice as well as our ability to begin the crisis-solving process not only for the temporary and the privileged, but also for a long time period and for all because we have had enough pain and damage
from this crisis.

Aninda W. Hapsari

Aninda W. Hapsari is holding B.S in International Relations. She is a proud Indonesian who wants to make a meaningful and Impactful contribution for a better, brighter world for all living beings. She is an active program officer at AAYFO.

INTERNATIONAL CITY OF PEACE – L’ESCALIER AWARDED THE DISTINCTION OF

                                                   L’Escalier awarded the distinction of “International City of Peace”.

On 23 June 2020, my village of L’Escalier was awarded the distinction of “International City of Peace”. This is the first-ever of its kind in Mauritius and it is therefore indeed a historic moment for the village, the district of Savanne and my country Mauritius as a whole. L’Escalier now forms part of a global movement with United Nations accreditation. This landmark proclamation is the outcome of an application I submitted to the International Cities of Peace, a US-based organization with Special Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC. There were certain requirements for L’Escalier becoming an International City of Peace. For instance, the city might be traumatized by war or have witnessed big peace-related events. It might also be advanced in peace studies and activities.

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One should understand that no city is 100% a City of Peace, rather all are on the path  to “becoming” a more peaceful city. Conferring a community as a peace city recognizes past achievements, encourages
current initiatives, and inspires future generations for practical peace building. From the European Union
to the United Nations to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, peace movements have helped shape the modern
world. Increasingly, however, cities are organizing to meet their own community-specific needs on a scale
that is smaller, localized and highly networked. Among the few cities that have successful made it to the International Cities of Peace list are Coventry in England, Bern in Switzerland, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Nanjing in China and Berlin in Germany. Some of these have been traumatized by war, others have witnessed big peace-related events while others are advanced in peace studies and activities. Put it simply, every community established has a legacy of peace, whether it is by a historical event or by local peace heroes or groups who have contributed to their citizen’s safety, prosperity and quality of life.

Convincing the jury at international level has proved a challenging process but a village like L’Escalier
can certainly speak out about what our people have gone through and what they are doing to establish a
unique legacy of peace: our stories, our heritage, our landscape, our diversity, our culture and our local
peace heroes who have contributed to their citizen’s safety, prosperity and quality of life.
Allow me to touch upon some of the arguments used to convince at international level.
On the historical side, it is well known that there has been communal violence between L’Escalier and the
neighboring villages in the year 1983. Throughout the years, L’Escalier has successfully evolved to
become a role model in terms of peace: the village provides a true and accurate picture of the rainbow and
united Mauritius nation where all communities work hand in hand, where everyone gets the same
opportunities in a country where we live in peace, where our population is healthy, where girls and
women are treated with respect. All religions today live peacefully as one big family, be it the Hindus, the
Christians, the Tamils, the Telugus, the Muslims, the Chinese, etc. Citizens’ behavior over the last few
years has been nothing but positive and respectful. One can now describe L’Escalier as a “mini world” in itself inhabited by people from different nations and varied cultures who strive to build an inclusive
society based on equality, tolerance and community service. When it comes to the environmental aspect, there exist two strategic places which are a must for all tourists who come to our island to visit: Le Souffleur and Pont Naturel – real heavens of peace and harmony, amazing natural places. Besides, two popular lakes – the Bassin Canon and the Bassin Marmite make a lively situation for the inhabitants. The latter is blessed with an Aryur Vedic Spiritual Park. Moreover, Riviere du Poste ends beautifully at Bassin Carangue, which is yet another tourist attraction. Over and above that, these rivers have played a vital role for the inhabitants in the past and present including for the “Ganesh Visharjan” and the annual Cavadee.

Africa-Asia Youth Foundation Mauritius

On the economic side, L’Escalier has one rare sugar factory in Mauritius that is still in operation today
and contributes to maintain L’Escalier as a lively, economically stable and thus peaceful village.
Omnicane was launched in July 2009 through a strategic rebranding and specialises in the downstream
production of refined sugar, bioethanol, thermal energy, and electricity at its fully integrated flexi-factory
complex at La Baraque, L’Escalier. Omnicane was the first African sugar company to obtain the
Bonsucro certification in November 2019. Besides, Omnicane makes active CSR contributions and major
projects underway in L’Escalier and neighborhood. It is worth highlighting that since the proclamation of L’Escalier as an International City of Peace, a National Organising Committee has been set up in the village which has devised a strategic plan to mark this historic situation. A Covid-19 symposium has been organised in August 2020 at Domaine Dalais with over 50 youths that has focused on the economic, humanitarian and environmental impacts of the global pandemic. We have also successfully conducted essay and painting competitions with students of Gardes V and VI of both primary schools of the village. Thanks to the support of the Mauritius Film Development Corporation, a highly insightful documentary on the village has been produced and launched. Other activities in the pipeline for the year 2020 include a workshop on yoga, a peace march and a hiking though Le Souffleur.

The global recognition of International City of Peace proves what famous American writer Mark Twain
said when he visited then remote island of Mauritius in 1896, “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven;
and heaven was copied after Mauritius.” This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere. It is my firm conviction that the global recognition serves as a springboard to make the village of L’Escalier a role model across the whole world, including Africa and Asia, in the fight against drugs and an example for the ability of its population, made up of different communities, to live together peacefully and harmoniously. The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.” Let’s celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. Let’s all stand together with the UN against attempts to use the Corona virus to promote discrimination or hatred.

To conclude, my vision is that of a peaceful world that takes initiatives to address violence and build a
new generation of leadership dedicated to fostering a practical culture of peace. It is now time for all of us
to take our responsibility for helping create and maintain a peaceful world seriously. Peace is the only
way out for human beings.

 

Chelvin Ramsamy, Continent Director - Africa

Chelvin Ramsamy

Peace Ambassador,

L’Escalier International City of Peace, Mauritius.
Continent Director, Africa-Asia Youth Foundation.

 

 

Press Release: African-Asian Youth Joining Solidarity in Fighting Covid-19

Jakarta, Indonesia – May 13, 2020 – Africa-Asia Youth Foundation (AAYFO) Indonesia housed a two-day virtual summit via Zoom in the 65th commemoration of Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia. The summit aimed to consolidate youth from other AAYFO chapters to examine the aftermath of Covid-19 towards the natural and social and economic environment.

 This initiative is part of AAYFO’s strategy in nurturing South-South Cooperation (SSC), knowledge sharing, and best practices across developing countries to propel sustainable development across nations. Throughout the summit, all participants from 10 countries engaged in addressing issues in corresponding countries and proposed some recommendations.

 The starting discussion covers environmental impacts related to the outbreak of Covid-19. Ms. Duong, a Vietnamese youth activist for a sustainable living lifestyle, views Covid-19 as the symptom of systemic illness. She expresses her concerns about lenient policy enforcement and perpetuated supply chain management detrimental to nature due to significant net emission, especially in developing countries in the southern hemisphere. Similarly, Mr. Baganda, an environmentalist from Congo, indicated that Africans suffer more from wood logging than from air pollution. Although Congo forests serve as the planet’s lungs, 80% of African households are major carbon contributors due to their reliance on charcoal. While Duong described that Asian countries benefit from the gas emission reduction during the Covid-19, self-isolation soars the demand for charcoal in Africa. Baganda concluded that the crisis has resulted in drought, inundation, and locust invasion across the continent.

 After the talk, some recommendations were presented. The first speaker called for stricter environmental law enforcement and a polyculture practice for farmers. At the community level, she also encourages people to be more conscious of the production and distribution process of their food. Likewise, the second urged the government to assess any contributing factor of wood exploitation and thereby discouraging its use. Moreover, he proposed for utilization of the latest technology-based intervention such as renewable solar energy and hydropower to ameliorate the climate crisis.

 The following day, the conference highlighted the increasing number of gender-based violations (GBV) during the pandemic and current global recessions. A team of Kenal.in, Aini, Revian, and Sheila explained that Indonesia is the second most dangerous country for women in the Asia Pacific due to sexual violence with 93% cases of which are underreported. Ms. Shumbanhete, a provincial ambassador at Women Entrepreneurship Day Organization, highlighted that African women and children are suffering way more than men from the virus due to the spike cases of GBV, domestic violence, and child abuse, especially the frontline workers and caretakers. 

 Both speakers elaborated that the lockdown has insinuated that the escalated responsibility for women to serve as a person in charge of the sick, limiting their access to public service and education. “Quarantine and social isolation mean that abusers […] are in close proximity around the clock and other people are not around to see the size of violence and (to) intervene,” says Aini. According to Shumbanhete, the housewives will suffer discrimination if they refuse or are unable to carry out the care. Job losses, reduced income, food scarcity, fear of contracting the virus, and poor mental well-being are factors inciting violence against women and children.

Kenal.in and Shumbanhete proposed recommendations in areas of the creative campaign and community-based intervention. As most Indonesia are active users of social media, Kenal.in strives to establish an online community offering a judgment-free space in which survivors and experts can share their narrative and knowledge. The platform also aims to raise awareness about GBV and deconstruct stigma related to gender via podcast. Furthermore, in Zimbabwe, a seed project is on its way wherein people grow seeds in a tiny garden and then distribute them to the community. This would help particularly women from the informal sectors who endure limited income to feed their families. Then, they can grow these seedlings in their residence for personal use, or they can sell them. Shumbanhete believes in this on-the-ground solution and is optimistic that the home-made plant vegetation will, in turn, expand local communities’ capacity to support their kin.

Further on the economic front, some studies predict that the impact is indirect and is the result of collective behavioral changes. The government and individuals set up preemptive efforts to avoid infection and to survive the pandemic. Reflecting on case studies of SARS in 2003, Mr. Arbin Shrestha, Finance Director at AAYFO-Nepal, illustrated that although the contagion rate was sparse, it landed a hard blow on the economy in Nepal. He went on to say that the collision was mediated by the type of social interventions, severity, and transmission rate of the disease. Thus, while Covid-19 has a somewhat insignificant health impact, it has a significant effect on the economy.

The economic aftermath has had an effect on various fronts. Market trends in all sectors ranging from equity markets, tourism, manufacturing, banks, and petroleum are plummeting at a global scale. Other impacts include massive unemployment, food shortage, trade deficit, and defalcations in mortgages and financial loans. According to Mr. Jesse Chinedu Isagbah, Director for Plateau State at AAYFO-Nigeria, over 46 million people will be pushed into poverty due to Covid-19 with 23 million and 16 millions of which are from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, respectively. Also, countries solely dependent on the sectors above, such as Nigeria will be the worst-hit nation.

Although the recession is inevitable, some measures are available to mute the impact. In terms of improving the economic burden, Arbin suggested that governments need to decrease the interest rates for commercial loans, promote Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and impose strict laws against the shadow economy. Nonetheless, Isagbah argued that they must not cherry-pick policies as what works on other nations may be incompatible. Plans have to be country-specific that meet the peculiar needs of the country. Although the lockdown rule might be useful, its implementation without provision of primary livelihood is impractical as some people are more averse to starvation than to infection. Lastly, in terms of containing the pandemic, the government should offer relief from customs duties on imported food and medical supplies to ensure purchasability and availability. “Reduction on import duty rates [is essential] for the modern agriculture and especially [on] the medical supplies”, says Arbin, “because the medical supplies [are] coming out from different countries”.

The summit concluded that the effect of Covid-19 has been enormous. While some people enjoy the reduction of gas emission from lower traffic and limited community movement, some others suffer from GBV and recession. Although the pandemic brings about a moderate health issue; it delivers humongous blows to the global economy. As a result, governments and societies are encouraged to provide community-based interventions as a means to relieve the tension caused by the pandemic.

Mr. Ferga Aristama, AAYFO Indonesia Country Director

Tel: +62 878 7584 5748

Email: indonesia.aayfo@gmail.com

Earth Week Celebration, 2020

AAYFO Earth Week 2020
AAYFO Earth Week 2020

Africa Asia Youth Foundation is celebrating “Earth Week” from April 20th, 2020 until April 27th, 2020.

As well know, the human outbreak is generating stress across the globe and it’s important to take care of our Mother Earth in these challenging times. The purpose of this week-long celebration is to introspect, raise awareness and reflect on how, even the smallest of tasks undertaken by humans, knowingly or unknowingly, have an impact on Earth. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our Mother Earth.

Throughout the week, we will be reflecting upon different strands, from Environment Crisis to Enhancing Creativity to understanding the impact and technicalities of Technology on Earth. Also, we shall be celebrating the spirit of cross partnership between Africa and Asia through virtual sessions, energizer activities, a virtual two-day E-Summit in Indonesia, surprise speakers and surprise activities that will keep you on toes throughout the week.

Enroll Here: https://bit.ly/AAYFO-Earth-Week-Celebration

Les Cours de français

Les Cours De
Les Cours De

Les Cours de français is a Language Training Program under the purview of Art, Creativity, and Culture Division of the Africa-Asia Youth Foundation Indonesia (AAYFO Indonesia). This program will be organised as part of the implementation of cultural missions aimed at increasing opportunities for establishing cooperation and fostering ties of solidarity between youth in Asia and Africa. According to the BBC (2019), currently around 44% of French users live in Africa and the number is likely to increase to a solid 85% by 2050.

Under this program, AAYFO Indonesia will conduct French classes to hone the language skills of the participants. The basics of the language will be taught via 4 classes to be organised on 7, 14, 22, and 29 March 2020 in Jakarta from 10:00 to 12:00 WIB. Read the link provided below for the details regarding the requirement criteria. http://bit.ly/LesCoursdefrançais1 and if you think you are eligible please register by March 1, 2020 at 8am West Indonesia Time. For your information, the French class will use Indonesia Language as language of instruction.

IYD INDONESIA

IYD Indonesia 2019

Transforming Education

“We need collaboration, empathy and teamwork in order to transform education and young people play an important role in creating an agile, sustainable and lifelong education system that addresses the needs of the future”

Victoria Ikiwoge #YouthofUNESCO

Statistics remind us that significant transformations are still required to make education systems more inclusive and accessible: (1) Only 10% of people have completed upper secondary education in low income countries; (2) 40% of the global population is not taught in a language they speak or fully understand; and (3) over 75% of secondary school age refugees are out of school. In addition, indigenous youth, young people with disabilities, young women, young people belonging to vulnerable groups or in vulnerable situations, etc are facing additional challenges to access education that respects their diverse needs and abilities as well as reflects and embraces their unique realities and identities.  

Identifying education critical issue and find its best solution will lead to multiplier effect to other problems, including poverty, inequality, radicalism and extremism, and degradation of the ecosystem. However, it is not easy and needs the world joint-action commitment. Education must never become one country problem, yet all over the world. Furthermore, the commitment of partnership will accelerate education move forward progressively. This commitment also shown by Mr Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia by saying, “Indonesia stands ready to contribute to the global

discourse in finding the best possible ways for UNESCO to help create a better world for living”.

Accordingly, in line with the UN Agenda in Sustainable Development Goals and the concentration of the Indonesian government to actively contribute to improving the quality of education, International Youth Day 2019 Celebration took the theme of Fostering African and Asian Youth Cooperation to Make Education More Relevant, Equitable, and Inclusive for all.

Objective and Expected Output

The overall goal of this celebration is to facilitate African and Asian youths to identify the education critical challenge and encourages the solutions to make education more relevant, equitable, and i­nclusive for all.

The expected output at the end of the sessions is to increase the cooperation and collaboration between African and Asian youths in transforming education to be more relevant, equitable, and i­nclusive for all.

Proposed activities

International Youth Day 2019 will be divided into two activities in a single day (proposed August 25th, 2019):


Talk Show Session

The talk show will discuss the essential theme of IYD 2018, specially about fostering African and Asian youth cooperation to make education more relevant, equitable, and inclusive for all. It aims to facilitate conversation and discussion from a different perspective since there will be potential speakers from different sectors. It also encourages the participants to be aware to education challenges faced by Asian and African youths

Workshop Session

After the talk show, participants will be divided into 5 working groups and be encouraged to make action plans to make quality education for all. To help them understanding the critical challenges and find solutions, they will be firstly acknowledged some project tools. Furthermore, during the discussion, each group will be facilitated by two AAYFO Indonesia members.

Reference

Internet

International Youth Day 2019: “Transforming Education”, https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/news/2019/04/iyd-2/

National Statement of Prof Dr Muhadjir Effendy, MAP Ministry of Education and Culture The Republic of Indonesia at The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, November 2nd 2017 https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/indonesia_gpd_speech_e_39_vr_07.pdf?v=2


International Youth Day 2019: “Transforming Education”, accessed https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/news/2019/04/iyd-2/

IYD VIETNAM 2019

In commemoration of the International Youth Day – 2019, Africa-Asia Youth Foundation in collaboration with Soci Hub hosed a 2-day event in Hanoi on the theme of “Transforming Education Towards Sustainability”.

The event was a platform for young Asian and African people coming from two different cultures and continents to share the educational issues that they are facing, and discuss to give solutions to those problems. Along with that, the program was also created with the aim of promoting cultural interference between Vietnam and African countries to partly erase misunderstandings about culture between youths and promoting peace creation towards sustainable development.

It was an excellent opportunity for ideas exchange, co-learn and discuss the current education story shared by experts and practitioners Sexual rich experience. With that, you will also have the opportunity to approach and experience “Non-violence Communication” as a tool to reconcile misunderstanding, conflict in daily life, contributing to build peace in the peace in Vietnam. society and along with it is the opportunity to share and experience the characteristic culture of different countries in Africa, expand its cultural view of black continent and have memorable memories.

Africa-Asia Youth Foundation and Soci Hub hope that the International Youth Day 2019 was a step or the beginning of the thoughts in the heart of young people about a suitable education for people to direction to a commune guild with more love and less than struggle, encourage and important no less, is the mark of connection with friends who are not the same color skin, not the same language but always share the storm to create good values for human society.

The event gave youths the opportunity to connect to friends from both continents through activities related to education and cultural experiences.

Opportunity to access and experience “Non-violent communication” with the guidance of experienced experts and at the end, certificate of participation were issued.

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YOUTH TOWN HALL INDIA 2020

With more than 25000 young Africans staying in India to pursue their higher education, India and Indians not only need to acknowledge their valuable presence but also mutually develop a shared vision for better India-Africa relations. Taking a big step in this direction, Africa- Asia Youth Foundation (AAYFO), a convergence of progressive thinking African and Asian youths agreeing to forge a common goal in fostering youth cooperation between both continents, recently organized an International symposium on “Africa-India Relations: Boosting Ties, Exchanging Values and Leveraging Impact” to mark the launch of its ‘Virtual Research and Innovation Centre’, on November 8, 2019, held at Shyam Lal College, Delhi University. Inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi, who has been constantly guiding AAYFO in its various missions and projects.

AAYFO Youth Town Hall 2020

In line with the success of the event, AAYFO is organizing a Youth Town Hall in collaboration with the Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi on February 5th, 2020. The purpose of the event is to develop and strengthen cooperation between youth and other potential stakeholders, to promote the establishment and strengthen ties of friendship and solidarity between participants, to discuss items on the agenda and ensure their follow up at national and international level. This event will act as another step taken by AAYFO to draw on youth experiences with addressing development-related issues in order to identify means through which youth can play a role in the implementation process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as ponder upon the Follow up and Review process. 

To proceed with the same, Mr. Keshav Saini, Continent Director, AAYFO (Asia), Mr. Angad Anand, Country Director, AAYFO (India Chapter), and Ms. Gauri Malhotra, State Director, AAYFO (India Chapter) met His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi and he was humble enough to get us a meeting arranged with His Excellency Major General Chris Owushi Eze, The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of India.  With this visit, we finalized the proposal of a Youth Town Hall at the High Commission on February 7th, 2020, the team had a constructive discussion with His Excellency on what the Town Hall will focus on and how will it benefit the youths of both the continents. He critically analysed the proposal of the event. We also discussed the prospects of future collaboration with His Excellency and he gave us his fruitful insights into how AAYFO as an Organisation can grow.

We are grateful for all the time he spared for us from his busy schedule, and we look forward to a fruitful Youth Town Hall under his guidance.

AAYFO INDIA CONSULTATION VISIT TO NIGERIA HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA

AAYFO India consltation visit to Nigeria High Commissioner to India

With more than 25000 young Africans staying in India to pursue their higher education, India and Indians not only need to acknowledge their valuable presence but also mutually develop a shared vision for better India-Africa relations. Taking a big step in this direction, Africa- Asia Youth Foundation (AAYFO), a convergence of progressive thinking African and Asian youths agreeing to forge a common goal in fostering youth cooperation between both continents, recently organized an International symposium on “Africa-India Relations: Boosting Ties, Exchanging Values and Leveraging Impact” to mark the launch of its ‘Center for Learning, Social Enterprise and Innovation’, on November 8, 2019, held at Shyam Lal College, Delhi University. Inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi, who has been constantly guiding AAYFO in its various missions and projects.

AAYFO India consltation visit to Nigeria High Commissioner to India

In line with the success of the event, AAYFO is organizing a Youth Town Hall in collaboration with the Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi on February 5th, 2020. The purpose of the event is to develop and strengthen cooperation between youth and other potential stakeholders, to promote the establishment and strengthen ties of friendship and solidarity between participants, to discuss items on the agenda and ensure their follow up at national and international level. This event will act as another step taken by AAYFO to draw on youth experiences with addressing development-related issues in order to identify means through which youth can play a role in the implementation process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as ponder upon the Follow up and Review process. 

To proceed with the same, Mr. Keshav Saini, Continent Director, AAYFO (Asia), Mr. Angad Anand, Country Director, AAYFO (India Chapter), and Ms. Gauri Malhotra, State Director, AAYFO (India Chapter) met His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi and he was humble enough to get us a meeting arranged with His Excellency Major General Chris Owushi Eze, The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of India.  With this visit, we finalized the proposal of a Youth Town Hall at the High Commission on February 7th, 2020, the team had a constructive discussion with His Excellency on what the Town Hall will focus on and how will it benefit the youths of both the continents. He critically analysed the proposal of the event. We also discussed the prospects of future collaboration with His Excellency and he gave us his fruitful insights into how AAYFO as an Organization can grow.

We are grateful for all the time he spared for us from his busy schedule, and we look forward to a fruitful Youth Town Hall under his guidance.

BREAKING THE GENDER STEREOTYPES EVENT

Gender stereotyping results from unconscious biases held by all of us. Unconscious bias happens when our subconscious makes assumptions about people based on their background or perceived background. The effects of Gender stereotypes is that it shape our self-perception, attitudes to relationships and influence our participation in the world of work and everyday life.
On the occasion of the National Sexual and Gender Minorities’ Day-2019, AAYFO-Nepal Chapter successfully commemorate this day with a discussion highlighting the impact of gender based stereotypes as it affects our society. The panelists were drawn from various fields of endeavors.
 
We are thankful to the following panelists who made this event a success.
 
Ms Sunita Danuwar, an activist, multiple award winner and founder – Sunita Foundation.
 
Ms Angel Lama – Miss Pink Nepal 2018 – Transgender, Activistunita Foundation.
 
Mr Santosh Darnal – Researcher and Program Coordinator, MA in Gender Studies at K&K International College
 
On the occasion of the National Sexual and Gender Minorities’ Day-2019, AAYFO-Nepal Chapter successfully commemorate this day with a discussion highlighting the impact of gender based stereotypes as it affects our society. The panelists were drawn from various fields of endeavors.
 
Many thanks to our hosting partner “K&K International College” for hosting their support towards the success of this event.
Photo Gallery from the breaking stereotype event
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