16 Days of Activism Against GBV: Gender Equality in the G5 Sahel Programme


The UNODC supported the G5 Sahel Programme in developing and operationalizing the police component of the Joint Force and was tasked with mainstreaming gender throughout the programme. Despite global efforts to implement the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, women’s participation in the security sector remains low and this is also the case for the G5 Sahel Joint Force and its Police Component. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Brah Mamadou Ali (Niger)


Commissioner within the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in Niger, Mr. Brah Mamadou Ali chairs the working group that deals with migration issues, the fight against discrimination and slavery practices. He explains how, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNDH ensures the continuity of its activities in order to protect the rights of migrants. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Oumy Sya Sadio (Senegal)


Doctoral student in Public Law at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace (IDHP) of Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) and holder of a Master 2 in International Relations, Oumy Sya Sadio is particularly interested in everything that revolves around the promotion and protection of human rights. She works for Amnesty International Senegal and notes the lack of consideration of migrants in national health prevention and response strategies as well as their exclusion from national social protection policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Ibrahima Dieng (Senegal)


Ibrahima Dieng is the Communication Officer and Programme Officer of the Peace and Security Network for Women in the ECOWAS Region (REPSFECO). The organisation has noted many violations of migrants' rights and the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated this. Many women have lost property before the closure of the borders and have seen their income reduced or destroyed. Read more

Workshops explaining the penal chain restore trust between populations


In Niger, in order to strengthen collaboration and trust between communities, defense and security forces, and actors in the criminal chain, UNODC organized training on the roles and mandates of the Defense and Security Forces as well as on remedies, reporting, referral and advocacy. A total of 55 trainers benefited from this training, 45 percent of whom were women. Read more

Encouraging women & girls to pursue careers in cybersecurity and STEMs


Globally women are severely underrepresented in the field of cybersecurity. As part of Cybersecurity Awareness month in Senegal, UNODC and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications held an online workshop focusing on encouraging girls and women to follow studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In 2018, women in cybersecurity accounted for just 9% in Africa.  Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Papa Meissa Gueye (Senegal)


Papa Meissa Gueye is the coordinator of the association Rester et Réussir, which works to bring artistic solutions to the various problems facing young people. For him, in Senegal, the main difficulties encountered by migrants since the COVID-19 pandemic are mostly economic. Together with our volunteer lawyers specialized in migrant law, we have tried to react to the difficulties encountered by migrants. Read more  

UNODC organises 3-day simulated trial on maritime piracy in Ghana


The 3-day simulated trial of a maritime piracy case in Ghana was held to boost current on-going legal reform to revise the definition of piracy provided for in Section 193 of the Criminal Offences Act, in line with the piracy definition provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The intense pace of the exchanges allowed all participants to familiarise themselves with the universal definition of piracy Read more

Developing an effective response to foreign terrorist fighters in Ghana


Foreign terrorist fighters represent an urgent and growing threat to international peace and security. UNODC organized a national workshop on "Good Practices for an Effective National Response to the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Combatants" on 28-29 October 2020 in Accra for law enforcement and criminal justice officials from Ghana. Many fighters leave their homes with no intention of returning or of building a new “State”.  Read more

Meet this week's PROMIS* Champion: Hamadou Boulama Tcherno (Niger)


A sociologist and journalist by training, Hamadou Boulama Tcherno has devoted most of his time since 2012 to the protection of the rights of migrants. He is a founding member and program director of the association Alternative Espaces Citoyens in Niger. Over the last three years, the work of AEC's migration department has focused on amplifying the voices of migrants. Read more

Discover the PROMIS* champions protecting migrants' human rights during COVID-19


Across West Africa,  human rights defenders have relentlessly continued to raise awareness of the human rights situation of migrants and the impact COVID-19 has had on them. These Champions have shown leadership skills and provided quick responses to the new reality on the ground. Each week we introduce you to a PROMIS champion & learn about the indispensable work they do on the ground. Read more


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