An estimated 168 million children are trapped in child labour globally with many of them working full-time. According to the United Nations some of these children do not go to school, have little or no time to play, do not receive proper nutrition or care and are denied the chance to be children. Can Africa allow children not to labour?
Today is International Worker’s day which is celebrated across many countries globally. The theme for this year is, “Social Dialogue, Economic Growth and National Cohesion”. The day has been kept aside to promote the requirements of eight-hour work day. It celebrates labourers and the working class. While we celebrate or wonder whether to celebrate, let us think of some of these workers who make our world a better place. Happy May Day.
Today we commemorate World Health Day amid reports by the World Health Organisation indicating that depression is the number one cause of ill-health globally. The theme “Depression: let’s talk” recognizes that depression is a treatable condition and seeks to address the fact that, despite this, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. As we commemorate World Health Day, let us all remember that we are all vulnerable to depression.
The World Water Day is commemorated annually on the 22nd of March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for sustainable management of such a resource. This year’s theme: “Why waste water?” is about reducing and reusing waste water. We focus on the pollution of Lake Victoria.
Today is the World Diabetes Day, and Africa joins the rest of the world in observing this important day, devoted to raising awareness about the disease. Diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease which is characterized by high levels of blood glucose. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 25 million (7.1 percent) people have diabetes in the African region. Undiagnosed diabetes remains a major threat in Africa. The time to act is now, and there is need to join hands and continue raising awareness of the disease.
Today Africa joins the world in celebrating World Tourism Day. This year’s celebrations are being held under the theme: “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”. The continent is blessed with amazing natural treasures and we selected a few stunning examples of what the continent has to offer. We hope you will be swayed to visit.
The U.S. Treasury has announced that Harriet Tubman abolitionist, women’s rights advocate and freedom fighter, will feature on the front of the new $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson, who was a slave owner. Tubman becomes the first black person to appear on a U.S. banknote and the first woman in more than a century. The news continues to be celebrated on various platforms online.