António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, on Wednesday said that women would be central to every aspect of the pandemic response.
According to him, stimulus packages must prioritize putting cash in the hands of women and increasing social protection.
Guterres made this known in a statement during the launch of the UN Policy Brief on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa.
He said in the statement that, “As COVID-19 spreads across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly to the pandemic, and as of now, reported cases are lower than feared.
“In recent years, Africans have done much to advance the well-being of the continent’s people.
“Economic growth has been strong, the digital revolution has taken hold and a free trade area has been agreed.”
Guterres said that the policy brief being issued highlights a spectrum of urgent challenges.
“We are calling for international action to strengthen Africa’s health systems, maintain food supplies, avoid a financial crisis, support education, protect jobs, keep households, and businesses afloat.
“African countries should also have quick, equal, and affordable access to any eventual vaccine and treatment, that must be considered global public goods.”
He, however, said that the pandemic had threatened Africa’s progress, and would aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition, and vulnerability to disease.
He added that the demand for Africa’s commodities, tourism, and remittances was already declining and even the opening of the trade zone had been pushed back.
“Most African countries have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers, and enforce quarantines, lockdown, and border closures.
“I commend what has been done already, together with the African Union,” he said.
He also said that African youths should be empowered and the human rights of all, respected.
“Many difficult decisions will need to be taken as the pandemic unfolds, and it will be essential to retain the trust and participation of citizens throughout.
“These are still early days for the pandemic in Africa, and disruption can escalate quickly.
“Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative – now and for recovering better,” Guterres said.
My colleague stabbed my mother twice, raped her- Nigerian soldier narrates
Following the rape and unjust murder of a 100 level student of the University of Benin, a former Nigerian soldier has shared a heartrending story of how his mother was raped by his colleague in the barracks where he lived.
Narrating the sad incident via his Twitter handle @FestusNG, the former soldier disclosed that he was still serving in 146 Batallion and his mum had come to pay him a visit in the barracks.
According to the former soldier, a fellow soldier found his way into his house, stabbed his mum and raped her after he left for duty.
”Rape is a disgusting thing. When I was a soldier serving in 146 battalion. My mum visited me, brought foodstuffs, cooked all sorts of food and served my neighbours (soldiers).
At 6 pm, I left for my duty. My neighbour broke into the ceiling and gained entry into my apartment.
Stabbed my mum twice at the back and raped her. My mum was a mess and almost took her own life. I didn’t forgive myself until I left the army. When you plan of raping anyone, you plan to destroy them. Say No to Rape.” he tweeted.
See screenshot of his post below;
Good for her, man rejoices over rape, murder of Uwa Omozuwa
Nigerians have called on the Nigerian Police to arrest and investigate a man, identified as Livinus Elem, over comments he made on the death of Uwa Omozuwa.
While the Nigerians mourn the brutal killing of the University of Benin [UNIBEN] undergraduate, who was raped and brutalised by four yet-to-be-identified men inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God [RCCG] church in Edo State, Elem took to Facebook to rejoice over her death.
Elem in a post suggested the undergrad got what she deserved.
Good for her why will she be dating two roommates at the same time.”
His comment has gone viral on Facebook and he was forced to delete it and deactivate his account.
Facebook users are asking for him to be probed since he made a claim about the deceased that is not known to the public.
Recall that 22-year-old Uwa Vera Omozuwa was brutally r*ped and murdered inside Redeemed Christian Church of God, where she was studying.
Man caught defiling two girls aged five and six (Video)
A middle-aged man got more than he bargained for after he was caught in the act of defiling two minors aged six and five-year-olds in Ekpoma, Edo state.
The suspect who was beaten by residents of the community has been handed over to soldiers for more investigation.
This occurred a few days after a UNIBEN student, Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa was raped and murdered in a church in Benin, Edo state’s capital.
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