European Champion Mesud Pezer Brought Home the Brightest Medal

first_imgBiH athlete and member of the Athletic Club Zenica, Mesud Pezer, arrived today in Zenica, with the brightest medal from the European Championships for younger seniors held in Rijetij.Immediately upon returning to Zenica, he continued with his regular training, but impressions are still fresh.“This year I achieved my goal and my dream, all the efforts and hard work has paid off and I am more than pleased that I am a European Champion. It was hard at the tournament, I had a mental burden because I was the favorite, and I could not even sleep the night before the championship. When the match started the God gave me the strength to throw the winning shot, and I achieved what I always wanted “, stated Pezer, adding that the competition was strong and there were better prepared than he was.Mesud was standing on the podium of the top-ranked while the national anthem was on.“The feeling was amazing. Everyone would want to stand on that podium if he only knew what it was like, when all of Europe stands up on the anthem of your country“, concluded Pezer.(Source: read more

ActionAid, CHI Launch €500K Program to Curb SGBV

first_imgFrom right: Naomi Tulay-Solanke, Mrs. Moore and others at the ceremonyActionAid-Liberia, in partnership with Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI) yesterday launched a three-year program valued at €500,000, (Five hundred thousand Euros) to reduce sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as well as provide assistance to survivors.The program, which will be implemented in Margibi, Gbarpolu and Montserrado counties, is held under the theme, “Enhanced Protection from Sexual and Gender-based Violence for Women, Girls and Sexual Minorities,” with funding from the European Union (EU).ActionAid-Liberia Country Director Lakshmi Moore said the project will enhance protection against SGBV and other forms of violence against women, including rape, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM).The new program, according to Mrs. Moore, will also adapt a holistic approach by tackling structural issues at the core of  SGBV, and then “facilitate the social, legal and economic empowerment of women, girls and sexual minorities, where the community leaders will contribute to increased access to justice for victims,” Mrs. Moore said.The three year-program targets 52,176 women, girls and sexual minorities in the three counties that will benefit from information and increased awareness of their rights and the will to reject SGBV by demanding protection from the government.She said the exercise will cover about 6,000 women, girls and sexual minorities in the targeted eight communities, to reduce and ultimately prevent SGBV.Representatives of CSOs, beneficiaries, government officials, other invited guests and employees at the official launch yesterday in MonroviaMrs. Moore told journalists that three of the 15 county health systems will be more informed and responsive with tools to support women, girls and sexual minorities, to gain access to quality anti-SGBV services at any of the accredited health facilities.Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy, who launched the series, lauded the European Union (EU) for their support to the program.Brandy said despite numerous efforts to end SGBV, the challenge remains enormous, which requires a joint effort to address it.Naomi Tulay-Solanke, CHI executive director, said her organization seeks to create communities where the inhabitants will have access to adequate healthcare and social services.Mrs. Solanke said CHI is currently working with women and children to create the necessary awareness on rights to health by promoting  peace in the country.With funding from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Mrs. Solanke said: “CHI built the primary healthcare facility in Boboma, Gbarpolu County, and also engaged in water sanitation and hygiene initiatives, where they so far covered 117 schools in seven of the 15 counties.” The exercise was done in partnership with ActionAid-Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more