AfricaNow! April 12, 2017
Topics: The African Movement Tackling Climate Change; and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Topics and Guests: April 22 is Earth Day. As we commemorate this occasion AfricaNow! today features two activists from Africa—Ms. Cécile Ndjebet, President of the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests and Mr. Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance. These two are a part of a movement on the continent that is mapping out strategies to tackle climate change.
April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual Assault Awareness Month has been observed nationally in the U.S. in April since 2001 following years when activists commemorated sexual violence awareness events for a week then a month. The month is meant to raise awareness about sexual violence and how to prevent it; and this year the theme is Engaging New Voices. Recently, The Person Center commemorated Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a session on domestic violence and sexual assault in the African immigrant community at the embassy of Côte d’Ivoire which today's AfricaNow! highlights. The panel featured: Ms. Amelia Missieledies is Executive Director of The Person Center; Ms. Micheline Ewang, Founder of Micheline Ewang Foundation; and Ms. Fatmata Barrie, Esq. an advocate, a community organizer and an immigration attorney.
Originally broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM, Washington, DC. Tune into AfricaNow! live on WPFW 89.3 FM in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area or visit www.wpfwfm.org on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00PM (Eastern).