Being a girl in Sierra Leone comes with enormous insecurity and risks. With one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world, the most significant challenge facing girls is the barrier to education if they become pregnant. Concern’s National Education Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Amy Folan, looks at the issues around this, and advocates for stronger policies to protect the right to education for all girls — pregnant or not.
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16 days of activism is an annual campaign running from November 25 to December 10 that focuses on ending violence against women and girls globally. It aims to raise awareness of the human rights violations suffered by women and girls around the world. To mark this initiative we’re focusing on the progress being made in Malawi to empower young women and girls through education.
There are over two million Syrian refugees in Turkey, over 700,000 of whom are children according to a recent Human Rights Watch study. Among school-aged children, access to school is severely restricted with an extremely high proportion of children now having missed up to three years of education.
When you think about humanitarian action, extreme images probably spring to mind: food distributions in famine-stricken areas, or camps of temporary shelters built in the wake of some catastrophic natural disaster, for example. But a significant amount of Concern Worldwide’s work is ensuring that these extreme responses aren’t needed in the first place
Topics: disaster risk reduction
Last Saturday, 7 November, marked 42 days since the last reported case of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone – twice the maximum incubation period. According to the World Health Organisation, this means that the outbreak has officially ended. Concern Worldwide’s Sheena McCann played a crucial, if unlikely, role in stopping the virus. I met her on a recent trip to the country.
Topics: south sudan
Concern’s country director in Afghanistan, Janardhan Rao, describes this week’s earthquake and assesses the risks ahead for those affected by it.
Kieran McConville visits a diamond town deep in the forests of Liberia to find how one Ebola treatment centre has undergone a dramatic change of purpose.
Concern Worldwide’s safe and dignified-burials programme in Sierra Leone won second place in the EU Health Awards. The award was given to organisations that “distinguished themselves through their efforts and commitments during the Ebola emergency” and have “carried out high quality and effective initiatives”.